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Overview Picking up the pieces of her life after a divorce from her cheating husband, Jane Sandburg's living large with the help of her scrapbooking friends in Sisters, Ink. Her wedding scrapbook tossed in storage and forgotten, life looks promising again as the hunk across the breezeway shows interest and Jane convinces the girls to open a business networking scrapbooking women. Yet just when Jane's romance with Jake blossoms and the business starts taking off, her ex comes back begging forgiveness and assuring her that he'll never hurt her again. What's a girl to do but grab her old wedding album and head to the scrapping table with her friends? Whether it'll be revived or recycled remains to be seen!
Does Jane Sandburg's future lie between the pages of her scrapbook?
With the help of her scrapbooking girlfriends, Jane is putting the pieces of her life back together since her divorce from a cheating husband. Her non-profit publicity firm is doing well and her new neighbor, Jake, is causing all kinds of sparks.
But when the Ex returns with a sorrowful heart begging for one more chance, Jane pulls her wedding scrapbook out of the closet to decide if her future lies in the past. With her friends going through trials of their own--adoption, run-ins with the law, and marital trouble--Jane and the girls come together over the scrapping table to make sense of their crazy lives.Through the diverse and connected lives of four women, Rebeca Seitz creates an engaging story that celebrates the power of friendship and the uncertain-but-exciting world of starting anew.
Citations And Professional Reviews Prints Charming by Rebeca Seitz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 04/01/2007 page 77
Christian Retailing - 03/05/2007 page 22
Library Journal - 04/01/2007 page 69
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.37" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 159554271X ISBN13 9781595542717 UPC 020049132111
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More About Rebeca Seitz
Rebeca Seitz loves to scrapbook (while drinking copious amounts of caffeine). And read. And write. And sew. And quilt. And learn. And hang out with girlfriends. And laugh. And tell stories about her crazy husband and crazier kiddos. And...well, by then the caffeine's worn off and she heads to bed. She's been in the publishing industry for many years as a literary publicist, securing media placement in places like The Today Show and USA Today for astounding authors of amazing fiction.
In 2006, after opening the doors of her own PR firm, getting married to the love of her life Charles, and giving birth to her first child, Anderson DeBoard, Rebeca decided to reach beyond publicity and join the ranks of Christian novelists. Together with Alive Communications, she sold her first novel specifically for the scrapbooking world, Prints Charming, to Thomas Nelson Publishers. Creating a world of girlfriends and scrapbooking was such fun, she then signed on to write four more scrapbooking novels, this time for B&H Publishing Group (LifeWay). Sisters, Ink (Scrapbooker's Series #1) the first novel in the series, released in February 2008. A second book in the series, Coming Unglued, released later that year.
With the caffeine at maximum levels, Rebeca also finished her Master's degree at Murray State University, gave birth to her second child, Ella Christie, and was honored to move her representation to the Steve Laube Literary Agency.
Two more novels, Scrapping Plans (Scrapbookers, Book 3) and later Perfect Piece, hit stores in 2009. After crafting a world where women came together to scrapbook, Rebeca realized how important her girlfriends were to her stability and growth as a wife and mom and her enjoyment of this adventure we call, "life." When she moved to a new area, she learned just how hard it can be to find those kinds of girlfriends and - being her usually over-caffeinated self - decided to help other women in the same predicament. Thus, Sisters, Ink the community was born.
These days, you can find Rebeca under the oak trees in her front yard, yelling at the laptop as she works on her next novel. If she's not there, check the backyard or the lake. Or, okay, the kitchen - chocolate stash is on top of the fridge. And if you happen to hear kiddo giggles, you might want to go to the barn in her back pasture - I'll bet she and her little ones have found another batch of kittens.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Prints Charming?
Feel Good! Aug 16, 2008
A cute story -- 4 women get together over scrapbooking and support each other in the variety of struggles they face (new romance, stale marriage, adopting a child, and having an older child in trouble). A happy ending, feel good book.
Prints Charming Jun 17, 2008
Prints Charming I loved this book and couldn't put it down. It's a wonderful book of friendship and love. It's a must read!
Scrapbooking not your thing? Still worth the read! Aug 12, 2007
ane Sandburg has never believed her best friend's suspicions about her husband...until now. Devastated by his betrayal, Jane reaches out to three women for support ~ Lydia, Mac and Mari. Each woman has her own unique struggles but their shared love of scrapbooking, an innovative idea and their creative talents cement their friendship.
When problems arise ~ a lackluster marriage, infertility, a rebellious child and an apologetic husband ~ these friends encourage, challenge and piece together each others spirits as they would a page in their scrapbooks, creating something beautiful.
Rebeca Seitz's first foray into writing is entertaining, enlightening and constructive! Ideas abound throughout the book on scrapbooking and expert tips are provided at the back of the book. Despite not being a scrapbooker myself I still enjoyed this story of friendship as Jane restarts her life and contemplates where her friendship with her appealing neighbour might lead. Lydia, Mac and Mari each experience heartaches and frustrations that easily connect with the reader. Rebeca's authenticity and humour shine through. I felt that dealing with each of the woman's particular circumstances in one book constrained some of the story lines but it does not change my recommendation. Prints Charming will appeal to women who know the true value of their friends whether they are the kind to rush to a sale at their local scrapbooking store or not!
Those who enjoy PRINTS CHARMING eagerly will await the next installment Jun 6, 2007
If you're a Christian fiction fan who enjoys The Yada Yada Prayer Group series, books about women and crafts, or chick-lit, then check out PRINTS CHARMING, Rebeca Seitz's debut novel. Numerous Christian novels have developed plot narratives around quilting, but this may be the first to use scrapbooking as its motif.
The plot begins as we meet self-employed publicist Jane Sandburg, who has expected to marry her Tennessee sweetheart, Bill, since junior high. They have the perfect wedding, right down to the correct shade of gold ribbons on each pew. But two years later, his cheatin' heart has caught up with them and Jane is forced to face the truth about her less-than-dreamboat husband. "What do women do with all the things they acquired during their marriage when it ends? Post them on eBay?" she muses. After their divorce, her Sisters, Ink scrapbooking friends and her faithful dog, Wilson, are all that keep her holding on to her sanity.
Using multiple points of view, Seitz introduces us to the carefully chosen, diversely ethnic characters who will form the spiritual and relational backbone of the novel (here's where The Yada Yada Prayer Group faintly echoes). Lydia is Jane's best friend and the happily married mother of twins. But the zing has gone out of her marriage, and even wearing lingerie with the logo of her husband's favorite sports team isn't getting his attention. McKenzie "Mac" is the African-American mother of Tabby, a young single mom and former drug addict who is in and out of jail and always in trouble. Seitz does a nice job portraying the Latino Mari's sweet romantic relationship with her husband, John. The couple has a little girl, Emmy, but after experiencing "secondary infertility" they are adopting another from Chile. This provides some of the more dramatic moments in the novel.
Non-scrappers will find themselves confronted with a whole new world, complete with its own language: "Click-its," "vellum" and "die-cuts." Those who love scrapbooking will enjoy details about scrapbook supply sales, creating the perfect scrapbook page, and the ins and outs of recording life's memories.
Readers will see the romance coming from the earliest pages in the form of Jake, a handsome newcomer to Jane's neighborhood who, of course, she can't stand. "...There's no way on God's green earth I would consider that man for one second. Scratch that --- one millisecond." Romance novel veterans won't be surprised what this foreshadows. However, Jake has a hidden past that may put their newfound romance in jeopardy. Or is it Jane who is harboring a secret? When Jane's ex, Bill, returns, wanting to resume their relationship, things start cooking. Keep reading....
Any woman whose husband has fooled around with an Internet romance will cheer when Jane bashes a pile of AOL disks with a hammer (courtesy of her new romantic interest). As with most first novels, there are a few glitches, including some missing transitions and a strange paragraph where Lydia seems to think Emmy is her daughter (she's really Mari's). The African-American and Latino dialogue seem a little forced ("You best be makin' sure you ready to be courted"), and there's also a blatant plug for the author's friend's novels. The Christian lingo gets a little heavy when the characters start recommending Gary Chapman's book, THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, to each other, complete with an explanation of each. This is good stuff for nonfiction but feels out of place in a novel.
Although the book doesn't say it's a series, the way readers are left hanging on the last page invites a sequel. Those who enjoy PRINTS CHARMING eagerly will await the next installment.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Charming, indeed! Apr 29, 2007
Rebeca Seitz rocks! Her story is all about facing problems with good Christian women there to support you.