Item description for Where Yesterday Lives (Repack) by Karen Kingsbury...
Overview After going back home for her father's funeral, award-winning journalist Ellen Barrett is faced at every turn with bittersweet memories of the past, and soon she rediscovers what is truly important and eternal in her life. Reissue.
Publishers Description At thirty-one, Ellen Barrett has already won a Pulitzer prize. Sadly, though, her skill as a journalist far surpasses her ability to sort out her troubled past. When she returns to picturesque Petoskey, Michigan, for her beloved father's funeral, it's a traumatic emotional and spiritual journey for Ellen--a rediscovery of what is truly important and eternal. Will facing her past tearEllen apart--or teach her whatis truly important in her life? Ellen Barrett, thirty-one, is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist with an uncertain marriage, a forgotten faith, and haunting memories of her picturesque hometown and the love she left behind. The eldest of five siblings, Ellen longs for the time, long ago, when they were happy--when they were a family. Then tragedy strikes. Now Ellen's beloved father is dead, and she must leave Miami and return to her childhood home on the shores of Little Traverse Bay in Petoskey, Michigan. As she returns to a world that was, an avalanche of memories is unleashed. And so Ellen's quest begins--a quest to make peace with the people who still live there, with the losses and changes that time has wrought, and with the future God has set before her. Story Behind the Book "Each of my novels is a piece of my heart. "Where Yesterday Lives" was my first-ever novel, and as such it is somewhat autobiographical. The childhood story of Ellen Barrett, her love for her parents and siblings, is my story--though her current story and struggles are fictional. "On Every Side "sheds light on the struggle for religious freedom in today's climate; something I am passionate about. Finally, "When Joy Came to Stay" is the story of one woman's battle against depression and the secrets of her past." --Karen Kingsbury
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More About Karen Kingsbury
KAREN KINGSBURY is aUSA TodayandNew York Timesbest-selling author, with nearly twenty million books in print. Dubbed the "Queen of Christian Fiction" byTimemagazine, Karen has written more than forty Life-Changing Drama, which encompasses the Redemption, Firstborn, and Sunrise series, as well as stand-alone novels such asLike Dandelion Dust, When Joy Came toStay, andThis Side of Heaven. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest and are parents to six children, including three adopted from Haiti. Visit her Web site at www.KarenKingsbury.com
Karen Kingsbury currently resides in Fairfax, in the state of Virginia. Karen Kingsbury was born in 1963.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Where Yesterday Lives (Repack)?
Where Yesterday Lives by Karen Kingsbury May 3, 2008
Loved this book. I am a christian woman living in Petoskey Michigan which is the actual setting for this book. It was so fun to read about my town in a book with such a great christian story. She did a great job with her research on our area, everything was right on. This was the 3rd Karen Kingsbury book I have read and I am definetly buying more today!!
Good Family tale Apr 13, 2008
I enjoyed the family dynamics of this story, but I felt like I was being preached to throughout and that bothered me. I am a Christian but it gets tiresome when the bible verses kept coming up over and over. I think had the story stayed with the family and not so much about Ellen, it would have been a 5 star book. The family was real and their pain was real. Losing both my parents and going through both funerals I found that part of the story heartfelt and raw with emotion. I have read other Karen Kingsbury novels and they were less preachy and I liked them much better.
Awesome Jan 18, 2008
This was an excellent book. Karen Kingsbury is such an awesome author. I thank God for authors like her.
A Good Read May 8, 2006
This book is definitely a good read, for certain. However, if you are looking for a LITERARY read, this book may not be your answer. Kingsbury's fiction is readable & interesting, and her plotline in this book is intriguing & appeals to the humanness in us all. Furthermore, the way she weaves faith into fiction is a good balance, and is done w/ charisma.
However, this book is NOT as literary as the work of some of Kingsbury's contemporaries, like Kingsolver and Monk Kidd, for instance. The writing is more amateurish, in my English professor opinion, than others out there. While I found the characters interesting, I also found it easy to remember that they were CHARACTERS, not real people, since they seemed somewhat 2D to me. Developed, yes, but in a forced way, in a slightly unbelievable way. The dialouge was believable, to some extent, but the way the characters acted in certain circumstances was, to me, paper-doll-ish and obviously crafted.
An example of that is the character Aaron, who is "unemployable" because of his temper. Interesting, yes, but not realistic and not something most people would accept as an excuse from a 25 year old man. I also found the Ellen character and Leslie Maple to be this way too.
Conversely, I really enjoyed the character of Jake Sadler, finding him believable, attractive, and funny. To me, his part in the story was really what made me like the book. It kept me reading.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who knows my heart well and knows I am at times haunted by a situation similar to the one Ellen had with Jake, so , in that way, I found the book to be comforting and worth the read. But know that, in reading it, you may find that the prose is somewhat clunky and dry, not as fresh as real human interaction. Take it with a grain of salt, though; this is a good book.
OCEANS APART Mar 14, 2004
I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate Karen Kingsbury's work. She captures life from a truly human perspective and leads you to the truth in finding true healing in pain. Karen is a gifted writer. I find her books very relatable and I cannot wait to start another book. I was fortunate to receive a free preview copy of Oceans Apart, and folks you are in for a real treat. IT IS ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT! Just like all her books. Keep up the good work, Karen.