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Overview Betty Lynne Davidson is planning her husband's funeral. But he's not dead; he just wants a divorce. When Suzanne Mullins gets the call from her father to come home because her mother has gone off the deep end, she knows it will mean having to look at the faulty foundations of their marriage as well as her own.
Betty Lynne Davidson is planning her husband's funeral while overlooking one thing: he's not dead.
When Suzanne Mullins, forty-two, gets the call from her father to come back home to Texas because her mother has gone off the deep end, she knows it will mean having to look at the faulty foundations of their marriage as well as her own. Betty Lynne has always upheld a perfect facade of home and family, and Suzanne has followed suit. But her life with husband Mike and son Oliver is cracking under the pressure of its own unspoken history.
Looking her past in the eye once and for all, Suzanne hopes that trusting in God's love and mercy will set all of this craziness straight--even if it does mean having to watch her father give the eulogy at his own funeral.
"What a hoot Leanna Ellis has a gift for storytelling and for quirky, fun, eccentric characters entirely true to the human experience."
Author of "His Small-Town Girl"
"An entertaining tale, full of rich characters and a deep lesson about healing the past. Leanna Ellis is on my reading list from here on out."
Author of "Sweet Caroline" and "Diva NashVegas"
"A wacky, off-the-wall read that's spiritually right on target "
Cathy Marie Hake
Author of "Forevermore" and "Fancy Pants"
"In a smooth pairing of wit and grit, Leanna Ellis weaves a tale of flawed relationships and crippling regrets with wonderfully timed comedic threads. A fresh, clever look at the audacity of love that forgives."
Author of" Blue Heart Blessed "
Citations And Professional Reviews Lookin' Back, Texas by Leanna Ellis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 60
Romantic Times - 09/01/2008 page 66
Library Journal - 09/01/2008 page 110
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Leanna Ellis, formerly known to readers as Leanna Wilson, sold more than one million romance books and won numerous awards before taking a new creative direction with her much-acclaimed 2007 novel, "Elvis Takes a Back Seat." She lives with her family in Keller, Texas.
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Lookin' Back, Texas Mar 26, 2010
Suzanne Mullins gets a frantic phone call from her father, but it is too garbled to understand. A few minutes later, a neighbor calls and talks about how her father has just died. Suzanne is horrified when she realizes that its her father that died. So, she flies to Texas to be there for her mother. But then she discovers that her father isn't really dead. He just left her mother. And her mother is planning his funeral.
Suzanne is convinced there is something illegal in what her parents are doing, so she calls her lawyer husband for advice. Mike flies out to be with Suzanne, bringing their fifteen year old son with him. But then it seems as if Suzanne's life is starting to spiral out of control.
Not only is her mother determined to have a funeral for a very alive man, but residents of the town are reporting ghost sightings...and Suzanne has a secret she's harbored for years. A secret that could destroy her own marriage.
LOOKIN' BACK, TEXAS is the second book I've read by Ms. Ellis and she is definitely an author whom I'll be checking out her future books. I enjoyed getting to know Suzanne and Mike, and even the considerably off-kilter Betty Lynne and some of her neighbors.
I didn't know that is actually a town named Luckenbach, but my husband knew about it when I started sharing some of the events in this book. Some of the scenes are laugh out loud funny. I literally couldn't put this book down and I read when I should have been doing other things. If you are looking for a great contemporary,
Lookin' Back at a Great Read! Sep 30, 2009
WOW!! If you're "lookin'" for a fun and quirky read that packs a one-two spiritual punch, then Lookin' Back, Texas is the book for you. And NOBODY delivers down-home, Texas-size fun better than the Queen of Quirk, Leanna Ellis. With flawless prose, easy-does-it dialogue and heart-and-soul characters that become like family (quirks and all!), Ms. Ellis weaves a truly memorable and wacky yarn that will have you chuckling on one page and tearing up on the next. Delightful and deep at the same time, Lookin' Back, Texas is one of those unique novels whose unforgettable characters--and the lessons they learn--will have you "lookin' back" in fondness for a long time to come.
Lookin' . . . for More Books by this Author Oct 11, 2008
I'd enjoyed Elvis Takes a Back Seat and was very much looking forward to Leanna Ellis' newest novel--and was WOWed, completely. Lookin' Back Texas presents a story extraordinarily appealing on so many levels: as pure escape entertainment with quirky Texas characters (the local gossip, a bumbling deputy shooting a rattlesnake in the sheriff's office and so many more), as "coming home" story, a mother-daughter saga, and--especially--a tender and heart-warming exploration of two generations of marriages (for better or for worse--and boy, can it get rough). Ms. Ellis writes with humor and heart, and weaves a subtle message of faith throughout. I look forward to more work from this author--and to my next visit to Luckenbach, Texas. She's made it feel sort of like . . . going home.
Fun, Entertaining Read, but Deep in Sooo Many Places Oct 2, 2008
This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last. I won't rehash the story line, as it's been clearly covered in the first three reviews, Personally, I find the input from reviewers more helpful than hearing a summary of the story, so I'll cut to the chase.
I chose to read this book on a very long flight home, knowing I wouldn't have time to finish it once I arrived. My busy schedule doesn't allow a lot of time for reading, and it often takes me a couple of weeks to finish. Not so with this one. The humor, unusual plot line, and realistic main characters kept me picking up the book and putting other work aside. I was captivated by the depth and strength of Susannah's introspection and emotions. The spiritual thread was believable and well done. I laughed, worried, found myself surprised at plot twists, and thrilled at the strength shown by Susannah's husband Mike.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone looking for a clean, fun, thought provoking read. Leanna Ellis has written a winner!
Mostly a good read. Aug 20, 2008
My thoughts and reaction to this book are varied. I felt some of the situations were very contrived and did not feel remotely real. But some - including the non-dead husband's funeral planning - were quite funny and I could easily imagine it. The writing style took a while to get used to, but eventually I was able to lose myself in the book.
The main characters - Suzanne, her mother Betty and her husband Mike - were fairly well developed. I did get involved in their lives and got emotional a few times for them. However some of the other characters and their reactions left me feeling like I was missing a big part of their personality, they were very flat when they could have been quite colorful.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I think it was a good story and am glad I got a chance to read it.