Item description for She Always Wore Red (Fairlawn V2) by Angela Elwell Hunt...
Overview Jennifer Graham--mother, student, and embalmer's apprentice--could use a friend. She finds one in McLane Larson, a newcomer to Mt. Dora, and is delighted to learn that the young woman is expecting a baby. While McLane's soldier-husband serves overseas, Jen promises to support McLane and then learns that her tie to this woman goes far deeper than friendship. When a difference of opinion threatens their relationship, Jennifer discovers weaknesses in her own character . . . and a faith far stronger than shehad imagined.
Publishers Description Jennifer Graham--mother, student, and embalmer's apprentice--could use a friend. She finds one in McLane Larson, a newcomer to Mt. Dora, and is delighted to learn that the young woman is expecting a baby. While McLane's soldier-husband serves overseas, Jen promises to support McLane and then learns that her tie to this woman goes far deeper than friendship. When a difference of opinion threatens their relationship, Jennifer discovers weaknesses in her own character . . . and a faith far stronger than she had imagined.
From Publishers Weekly Angela Hunts novel She Always Wore Red finds former Washington, D. C. politician Jennifer Graham with a life a lot more complicated than merely running for office. First, she inherits a funeral home in Mt. Dora, Florida, and has to move there, and then she discovers she has a half-sister she never knew anything about.
Hunts latest novel is the humorous story of a woman forced to deepen her faith through obscure circumstances. Unlike many Christian novels, our heroine already has a strong faith at the beginning of and throughout the novel, so readers get to focus on three heavier topics: untimely death, abortion, and racism.
Without giving too much away, it can be said that Hunt does a god job of dealing with the first two topics. With the main character running a funeral home, death of any kind is a natural theme to be brought into the story. Some of the deaths are expected, others are tragedies, but the characters responding to the deaths present real emotions, and genuinely ask why certain things are allowed by God.
In approaching the topic of abortion, Hunt puts the focus on Jennifer, rather than the friend who might get an abortion. In this way, we get to witness the struggle that comes when one must determine to love someone, even when he or she does something horribly wrong. Further, we watch Jennifer work out the difference between supporting her friend and supporting her friends sin.
Unfortunately, Hunt takes a different route with her third topic. Instead of giving us a natural, relatable illustration as she did with the other topics, Hunt presents a picture of extreme racism: Christians who find blacks to be an abomination to God. Though these cases undeniably do exist, they are very rare. And though it makes a sensational story, it doesnt provoke much inner-examination because most of Hunts readers simply wont be that extreme.
Hunts writing style in this novel is written in present-progressive tense, making for a monotonous telling of the characters every thoughts and movements. We get second-by-second detail of everything from nuking a TV dinner to embalming a corpse. About a fourth of the book could have been cut had these details been left outalong with Hunts page-long explanations of common-knowledge items such as public school integration.
Undoubtedly, there are readers who will enjoy Hunts entire novel, and others who will want to press through the rough patches in order to glean the goodness that can be found. -- Bethany DuVal, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Citations And Professional Reviews She Always Wore Red (Fairlawn V2) by Angela Elwell Hunt has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 03/10/2008 page 59
Christian Retailing - 04/21/2008 page 23
CBA Retailers - 05/01/2008 page 54
Romantic Times - 05/01/2008 page 61
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.96" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Series Number 2
ISBN 1414311702 ISBN13 9781414311708
Availability 0 units.
More About Angela Elwell Hunt
Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt is the best-selling author of The Tale of Three Trees, The Note, and The Nativity Story. She has written over one hundred books in fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults. She and her husband make their home in Florida.
Angela Elwell Hunt currently resides in Tampa, in the state of Florida. Angela Elwell Hunt was born in 1957.
Reviews - What do customers think about She Always Wore Red (Fairlawn V2)?
Wonderful and interesting story Jan 31, 2010
I've read all of the Fairlawn series books and found them interesting and entertaining. I would never thought I would care for a story line built around a funeral home but Mrs Hunt writes with humor and compassion about a time we all must face. I visited Mt Dora, Florida before I knew about the books and found it to be almost exactly as it is described in the books. A charming Southern town steeped in Southern traditions. Be sure and read all three books in order.
Good, not great. Jun 12, 2009
A sequel to Doesn't She Look Natural?, the story picks up several months later. Jennifer Graham is now taking courses to become a mortician. She seems to have settled into the Mt. Dora community and her boys are making friends. Gerald still works at the funeral home and surprise, surprise, Jennifer's unknown half-sister arrives, bringing her own drama.
For the coverage of such serious issues as racism and abortion, the story is still very light and trite, with little depth or character development. McLane seems to be a good addition, but her father is a stereotyped caricature rather than a developed character.
Predictably, the story wraps up neatly, although it's not a completely happy ending. Christian lessons are learned along the way.
My big complaint with this story is the same one I had with the first book: the narration. Jen's story is told in first-person, which I rarely like. The chapters then alternate between Jen and the other characters like her sister, Gerald, and her son. These supporting characters aren't written as first-person, but are an awkward present-tense third-person narrative. It was very annoying and quite distracting. The story would have been much stronger had the author maintained the same style throughout it.
Like the first one, I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could. Good, not great.
She Always Wore Red Apr 30, 2009
I have read the first and second book so far and felt they are great with the exception of book 2 (She Always Wore Read). The first 2/3 of the book was hard to put down...then she started making her (sister) the main subject and that's all she talked about the rest of the book. Like she was a heroine. She wasn't (in my opinion). She disobeyed her father with great disrespect. Second, she appears to not be a Christian...which is her choice, and even wants the abortion. Then she goes on and on after the baby dies. It disturbed me that Jen even side stepped her Mom. You made Jen's Mom appear to be a villian because she had emotional feelings for the "sister". All thru the book, I was expecting the story to end that the sister was a fraud. (I guess because the mother of that girl really really hurt the Mom by sleeping with her husband. No other characters are hardly mentioned and the moment the sister wants to talk, Jen drops everything to give her undivided attention. She keeps calling her Mom a meddler. I think her Mom is more of a "heroine" than that. Seems that she is constantly sacrificing for her daughter, in spite of her age and wanting to be at home with her friends in Virginia. So far the third book is much better. But it seems she still tears down her Mom quite a bit.
Pleasurable Reading Jan 13, 2009
The book was an entirely new subject, although a little ghastly at times. As usual, however, author Anita Hunt wound her tale so that I was never sure of the outcome. She makes you want to come back for more.
Even Better than "Natural" Oct 10, 2008
I liked this book even better than the first book in the series, "Doesn't She Look Natural". I stayed up half the night reading it and wasn't disappointed. I also recommend "Unspoken:. I am amazed by the amount of research that goes into her books.