Item description for Katt's in the Cradle: A Secrets from Lulu's Cafe Novel (Secrets From Lulus Cafe) by Ginger Kolbaba & Christy Scannell...
Overview The friends from Desperate Pastors' Wives share additional challenges in the form of Mimi's alcoholic father's unexpected arrival, Jennifer's struggles with her bipolar mother, and Felicia's troubling family secrets. Original. 35,000 first printing.
Publishers Description When you're in the trenches, sometimes you're up to your neck in mud. That's the not-so-glamorous life of a pastor's wife. Felicia's family is...complicated. That's putting it nicely. Now they're flying in from LA -- all at once -- to stay with her...just when her brother-in-law, Javier, and Mama aren't even speaking to each other. And the whole church will be there to witness the feud. Mimi has a lot on her mind with her four energetic kids -- especially Milo the screamer, with his Pavarotti voice. Then her live-in alcoholic dad starts to mow their lawn at midnight. Lisa has her hands full with loudmouth Tom Graves and the other troublemakers at Red River Assembly. Then vicious rumors start to fly about the Barton family...and the attacks and threats get increasingly personal. Jennifer is pushing her adopted daughter, Carys, in a stroller, when she notices a black town car -- the same car she's seen several times over the past week. Could someone be following her? The PWs plunge into an unnerving mystery...and discover what "family" really means.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2009
Publisher Howard Books
Series Secrets From Lulus Cafe
ISBN 1416543899 ISBN13 9781416543893
Availability 0 units.
More About Ginger Kolbaba & Christy Scannell
Ginger Kolbaba is the managing editor of Marriage Partnership magazine. As her husband's second wife, she offers a refreshing perspective on the adjustments of remarriage. The author of Dazzled to Frazzled and Back Again: The Bride's Survival Guide, Ginger and her husband live in West Dundee, Illinois.
Ginger Kolbaba currently resides in West Dundee, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about Katt's in the Cradle: A Secrets from Lulu's Cafe Novel?
This is the 3rd book in the series Aug 30, 2009
It is difficult to remember who is who since each chapter deals with one of the 4 main characters (except for the "Lulu's Cafe" chapters).
Good for Joel for doing what he had to do in confronting Tom. Two of the PWs learn to forgive. Relationships are restored. Archie is more than a bit difficult to deal with. Someone "new" enters Jennifer's life. Felicia's family plans to fly in from California for Dave's birthday and some of them aren't getting along. Perhaps Grace will find grace.
What's a Pastor's Wife to Do? Aug 28, 2009
It's time to head back to Lulu's Cafe and meet up again with the ladies of the Pastors Wives Club. The story is once again a mixture of humor and seriousness and the four women tackle their own personal problems as well as those coming from their church families. It's a bit strange not have have Kitty around, making snide remarks and thinking she is holier than everyone else. However, not to fear, as her husband has remarried a younger Kitty-clone who seems to share too much info about what goes on in the bedroom.
The two stories I found to be most interesting this time around were Jennifer's and Lisa's. It's interesting because throughout the entire series, these two women have been my favorite with the most intriguing story lines. Jennifer's story had a mystery surrounding it plus it was nice to see Father Scott again. Lisa's story was highly emotional and extremely frustrating. From the beginning of the series, I've never liked their congregation and this book just solidified my views on them. Her family was very brave and strong to stick through the conflict. Lesser souls would have caved but they did not. Mimi's story involving her dad will probably ring true for some readers who have dealt with alcoholic family members. It's heart wrenching to see someone constantly hurt themselves and there's nothing you can do to stop them. I unfortunately did not find Felicia's story to be very interesting. It almost felt as if the authors felt like they had run out of story ideas for her character and just threw something together. There's nothing wrong with her situation but it just felt rather boring compared to the other three. There was a lack of drama or conflict. I did enjoy the scenes where all the pastor's wives in the area got together and finally realized that it was ok to become real with one another and share their burdens. It's sad how much pressure people put on pastor's wives and other members of the family simply because they are related to preacher.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was an extremely fast read for me and I'm sorry that the series has ended. Reading this series has broadened my outlook on the family's of pastors and given me more compassion and understanding towards them. We shouldn't put them on a pedestal or have such high expectations on them. They are human beings just like the rest of us and should be treated as such. I really recommend this entire series for both a fun read and a learning experience at the same time.
The PW meet again May 4, 2009
The PW (Pastor's Wives) are meeting at Lulu's Cafe in order to strengthen their support system. It's difficult being a pastor's wife in a small town, who do you turn to when you need support? Who else understands the pressures and stresses that the job brings? The writers have given these wives very down to earth characters and problems and emotions. This second book expands on their lives but at the same time can stand alone if you haven't read the first one. The four women who come from dysfunctional homes that have turned them into perfectionists, the ones who have children with all their problems or can't have children and the problems that brings, and the one whose husband is the pastor of a church that is in the midst of a spiritual attack. This is their story. The story is well written and easy to follow. The women are shown as very human in that they have their times of doubt and their times of trying to take control of their lives away from God and into their own hands, just like the rest of us. I do wish it had been called something other than Katt's since I kept waiting for more about the new Mrs. Katt. If it had been called anything else I would have enjoyed it more but I kept waiting and looking for more about her and I found that distracting and disappointing. Because of that I have decided that it is a 3 1/2 star book.
Katt's in the Cradle Apr 21, 2009
Katt's in the Cradle Secrets from Lulu's Cafe Series Ginger Kolbaba & Christy Scannell 2009 Howard Books A Division of Simon and Schuster ISBN-13: 978-1-165-4389-3 Fiction/Christian/General 5 stars
Reviewed by Cindy Loven
Four PW's (pastor's wives) meeting secretly at Lulu's Cafe, 40 miles from their hometown for 3 years, is the beginning and setting of this wonderful book. Four women who form a fast friendship, through their monthly pastor's wife meetings, who lean on each other during the good times and bad. And as pastor's wives, the bad times often outweigh the good. Meet Lisa, Jennifer, Felicia and Mimi as they struggle through the day to day life of living in the spotlight of ministry. Lisa's family is under attack, Jennifer is being followed, Mimi is taking care of her alcoholic father, and Felicia is in the middle of a expanding the family decision. Each PW, different in personality, but strong in their faith, reaching out to others and each other along the way. Mentoring a young new PW, Allison Katt (called Ally by her friends), the PW's find humor and they also find closeness with other ministry wives. A wonderfully, realistically written book gives everyone a glimpse of the lives of ministry families, their struggles, their fears, their hopes and their realness. A great book, with humor and sadness along the way. Though a part of a series, and the allusion to a previous story, this book stands alone, without having read the other story. It does, however make you want to read that other story. I give this book a 5 star rating. 305 pages [...]
Fun Read Apr 11, 2009
In KATT'S IN THE CRADLE, we revisit the pastor wives and Lulu's cafe. Challenges have been met, and new ones risen. A young new wife enters the mix, pointing out to Mimi, Lisa, Felicia, and Jennifer how naive they used to be, and putting a crimp in the Pastor Wives' Fellowship. Can the four friends draw everyong together beneath the umbrella of their faith? Can they support each other when disaster and surprise threaten to bury them beneath a heavy weight?
Ginger Kolbaba & Christy Scannell deliver again a fun story of marriage, friendship, faith, and holding it all together. Through this story we learn the value of strong friendships with other women, and how we can rely on our friends when our faith is tested.