Item description for Renewal (Project Restoration V2) by Terri Kraus...
Overview Newly divorced Leslie Ruskin moves into her new home with her five-year-old daughter, but the old place needs a lot of work, and her master carpenter battles past failures and a drinking problem.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.18" Width: 5.56" Height: 1.02" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2009
Publisher David C. Cook
Series Project Restoration
Series Number 2
ISBN 0781448905 ISBN13 9780781448901
Availability 0 units.
More About Terri Kraus
After nine co-authored books with her husband Jim, Terri Kraus, has added her award-winning interior designer's eye to her world of fiction. She comes to the Restoration series naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation and restoration of three separate residences. She makes her home in Wheaton, IL, with her husband, son Elliot, schnauzer Rufus and Siberian cat Petey.
Terri Kraus currently resides in Glen Ellyn, in the state of Illinois. Terri Kraus was born in 1953.
Reviews - What do customers think about Renewal (Project Restoration V2)?
Better Even Than The First! Jan 8, 2010
Real characters with real life struggles. Jack is struggling to overcome something big in his life. He thinks he can do it on his own. Leslie has her own personal conflicts. She is unsure of herself and learns to ask questions. They are not your six-figure income individuals with power careers. Neither of them are folks who have it all together, making this a fantastic story. I can't believe how great these two books are! Not only are buildings being restored but also lives. I'm looking forward to the next "Project Restoration" novel. I like this, the 2nd in the series, more even than the first.
Great Summer (or anytime) Reading... Aug 20, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, The Renewal. I started out hesitant because I don't read this genre. I finished it quickly, and then found myself wondering what the main characters were up to now -- I realized I was missing them the days after I finished the book. Great story. Loved how different pieces were woven together beautifully without being sappy or sanctimonious. Nice read. I did not know how it would end until it ended. Loved that! The first description of Mrs. Stickle (page 80) was so exactly perfect!The Renewal: Midlands Building (Project Restoration Series, Book 2)
Renwal of Hearts and Home Apr 21, 2009
The Renewal, book two in the Project Restoration Series, is an even more compelling read than book one. Leslie Ruskin, single mom trying to start over with her five-year-old daughter meets Jack Kenyon, master carpenter trying to recover his life. Both of them struggle with the need to renew not just the old Midlands Building Leslie purchased, but also their hearts. Day by day the building is restored to its old luster while Leslie and Jack both battle their histories and attraction for each other. And, within the pages of the novel, another story emerges. Leslie has the journal of her great-great-great grandmother Amelia Westland's life. As Leslie reads the treasured journal, she finds her own faith and hope and learns to trust her heart. Jack befriends a man named Earl who helps him wrestle his demons and open his heart once more. This book sort of sneaks up and grabs the reader. The romance is sweet and heartwarming, the history intriguing, and the mystery of what is behind the door no one can open keeps you guessing. If you have read The Renovation, this is an excellent sequel. If you have not, this book stands alone and will make you want to go back and pick up the first book also. I am eager to read the next one. Clear your weekend, sit down and enjoy the read. Don't be surprised if it makes you reminisce about falling in love and eager to do some home repairs.
The Renewal Feb 22, 2009
In Renewal, author Terri Kraus has given the reader a book driven by its characters. Even the building under restoration and renovation becomes a character. What Terri does so well is to get the readers involved with the characters and their situations. Terri takes us down the dark road of alcoholism and panic attacks in such a realistic way that I was ready to shake Leslie Ruskin out of her attacks myself and fuss at Jack for backsliding. The secondary characters are woven in to bring about the renewal that takes place not only in the building but in the lives of Jack and Leslie. The spiritual growth parallels that of the building showing how God can take damaged lives and make them whole and new. The reason I kept reading? I felt like I knew Jack and Leslie and really cared about what happened to them. The romance is so skillfully woven in. Terri had me torn between the two men who are attracted to Leslie. Mike, the shy, uncertain of himself, father of Trevor, sees in Leslie a woman who could be a mother to his son, and he could be the father in the life of Leslie's daughter, Ava. Jack sees only what he has lost. His attraction to Leslie comes first in the form of friendship then grows deeper as they share their past. Interwoven through it all is the diary of Leslie's great-great-great grandmother Amelia Westland who inspires Leslie to defeat her demons. Secondary characters like the neighbor Mrs. Stickles, Pastor Blake, Mrs. DiGiulio, Ava's teacher, and the couple Frank and Alice, all add their personalities to the mix to keep this story realistic and fun. And the surprise revelation at the end makes for a truly satisfying ending.
Hope Restored Feb 18, 2009
Can something be so broken that even God can't restore it?
Leslie Ruskin is starting over. She's left a bad situation and only wants to leave the past behind. Her purchase of the historic Midlands Building is what she hopes to be the key to a new life for her and her five-year-old daughter. To do that though, she needs help. And that comes in the form of another stranger in town, Jack Kenyon.
Jack's also starting over...and has just as many demons from his past as Leslie does. Together they work to restore the old building. But the past has a way of rearing it's ugly head as Leslie's ex-husband suddenly shows up, bringing with him fear and uncertainty. And Jack's own struggles with depression and alcoholism threaten to destroy everything he's worked to build.
THE RENEWAL is a compelling story of love and forgiveness. The characters are so quirky and fun you can't help but wish you could sit down to coffee with them. The storyline is intense and will keep you reading long after you should have gone to bed and leaves you well satisfied when the last page is turned.
But more than that, this book ministered to me in a way I didn't expect. Leslie's problems with panic attacks mirror my own, as does her difficult past. Here's a book that gave me hope and encouragement and strengthened my own walk with God. For those reasons alone, I can't recommend this book enough. Well done, Terri!