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Overview Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life with her husband and daughters until her world is shattered after her husband Brad is accused of mismanaging finanaces at his foundation and having an affair with a former employee.
Publishers Description Looks can be deceiving.
Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Married to Brad, a loving and handsome husband, respected in their church and the community. Two grown daughters on the verge of starting families of their own. A thriving ministry. Good friends. A comfortable life.
She has it all--until the day a reporter appears with shocking allegations. Splashed across the local news are accusations of Brad's financial impropriety at his foundation and worse, an affair with a former employee. Without warning, Katherine's marriage is shattered and her family torn apart. The reassuring words she's spoken to many brokenhearted women over the years offer little comfort now.
Her world spinning, Katherine wonders if she can find the truth in the chaos that consumes her. How can she survive the loss of what she thought was the perfect life?
"Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my favorite authors." -- Francine Rivers, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Redeeming Love"""
From Publishers Weekly Meet Katherine Clarkson, heroine of Christy Award-winning novelist Hatchers latest enjoyable, if not literarily distinguished, domestic tale. Katherine seems to have, as the title suggests, the perfect lifeher two grown daughters are both pregnant, and her devoted and handsome husband Brad has just been named Humanitarian of the Year for his work at In Step, a ministry that rehabilitates houses for low-income people. Then disaster strikesa beautiful young woman who once worked for Brad publicly accuses him of mishandling the ministrys finances, and of having an affair with her. When Brad denies both accusations, Katherine struggles with whether to believe him. She wrestles, too, with the fact that her church community largely abandons her in the wake of the scandal. Meanwhile, Katherines two daughters clash over how to respond to their parents crisis. Hatcher (Whispers from Yesterday) is a dab hand with dialogue, which is one reason her characters are so well drawn: readers will feel empathy with all members of the family. Hatcher also gets kudos for creating, in Katherines best friend, a sympathetic non-Christian character, something all too rare in faith fiction. This will be a surefire hit with Hatchers many fans. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business
Awards and Recognitions The Perfect Life (Women Of Faith Fiction) by Robin Lee Hatcher has received the following awards and recognitions -
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Library Journal - 02/01/2008 page 58
Romantic Times - 03/01/2008 page 66
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6.39" Height: 0.83" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Women Of Faith Fiction
ISBN 1595541489 ISBN13 9781595541482 UPC 020049131046
Availability 0 units.
More About Robin Lee Hatcher
Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com.
Robin Lee Hatcher currently resides in Boise, in the state of Idaho.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Perfect Life?
Over Done Sep 19, 2008
I have always liked Mrs. Hatcher's books but this one wanted to make me "gag". How could a women who has been married 25 years not know her husband's heart? She thought him "guilty" by a women who is not a Christian. What I found discusting is the book went on and on and on with Kat's pointing a finger at her husband. He was guilty because he's a man and men will stray. This book points the finger that all men are guilty until proven innocent. Reality no one has a perfect life w/o problems and this one was a major one. I thought Mrs. Hatcher should have written more about Brad and how he felt with his wife's rejection. What about his faith? He is innocent but she believes he is guilty because that twit said he is. Believe Nichole instead of her husband. Not all men are going to cheat. Not all men are like John Edwards.
This book will change you Jun 11, 2008
You will not be able to read this book and not be changed in some way. I cried as Katherine's 'perfect world' crumbled around her in one crisis after another. Then I wanted to shake her till her teeth rattled. Cried some more, wanted to shake or slap a few other people, while rooting for the four key people involved. Katherine, her husband, Brad, and their two daughters, Hayley and Emma. And one other person I wanted to rip off her face. But I won't go there.
Many of us, as Christians, or what we believe ourselves to be, know how to walk the walk and talk the talk. But how deep does it go? How will our faith hold out? Will it sustain? What about trusting? We're GOOD Christians, right? So why do bad things happen to good people?
Katherine wants to know, too, Why doesn't God just make everything go away and put things back the way they were? It's a long, painful, lonely and torturous path she follows to find the answers. By herself and for herself.
Funny thing, when I finished this book somewhere around 2:30 in the morning, I was smiling. I felt good! Because what Katherine learned helped me, too. Strengthened my faith and trust in The Only One Who has all the answers. The Only One Who can help us find our way. All we have to do is listen, then follow, trusting.
Brava, Robin Lee Hatcher. This is one book I'm keeping!
Another Hit Apr 28, 2008
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Robin Lee Hatcher is a crafter of unique stories. Her characters in this one are multi layered and well developed. Everyone has problems, challenges...we can see a bit of ourselved in these characters. The storyline is interesting and relatable. I have been a fan of Ms. Hatcher for a while now and will be for a long time.
Inside the Perfect Wife Mar 12, 2008
The Perfect Life is a drama involving a woman's crash into the reality of the fallen world. Even more difficult is the fact that she faces the brutal truth that Christianity is not a promise of the sweet life. Her struggle to survive, accept and overcome her rude awakening, winds through the novel and is told through both first person and supporting third-person characters.
The drama unfolds a lot like the story of Job with much inner soul-searching and lamenting on the part of Katherine.
Those who avoid novels with a lot of introspection may struggle with the slower moving format of a woman devastated and her plunge into self-preservation.
However, sticking with the story and following the heart-breaking progress from broken dreams to hope is very much worth the trip.
Learn to Trust Mar 11, 2008
The Perfect Life
I hated this book. I also really liked it and realize the reasons that I hated it were the reasons why a story like this is so important to read. If you have read any of my reviews before you have heard me say that this kind of Christian fiction is not my cup of tea. I'll take it in, but I don't have to like it. Reading this book, I remembered how I felt when I listened to A Slender Threaduthor"> Tracie Peterson by Tracie Peterson. It's close to real life and life hurts sometimes, most of the time. First off my problems with this book, then my likes... The first thirty chapters are a complete depression and drag. I started this book last night, read a little during the day, and finished it tonight. The entire day, I was depressed. Nothing was right, everything was wrong. No particular reason it just was. Katherine faces things that she had never really let herself think through fully before and is ill-equipt to deal with them and basically her body just shuts down. I know how that is, and I don't like it. Lastly, after going downhill further and further for thirty some odd chapters, Katherine finally seeks counsel with God to talk things through. Then before you know it the book is over and that's that things are finished before you have time to process anything and like or hate the outcome. But as I said... I also liked the book. This is my first Robin Lee Hatcher book experience and she is a fabulous author. The way that she brings you in and out of different characters' heads throughout the entire story is creative and works wonders with comprehension and empathy. When Katherine starts to really delve within herself to figure out what she is fighting and faces a harsh reality it is of things that she does not want, but needs to know and acknowledge. I think that these things can really open the door to healing when need-be. Hatcher touches on a topic that many people wouldn't touch because it is too difficult and hurts too much.
This book did put me in a funk because it is painful, but that also goes to show how well Hatcher wrote. She was able to make you understand her characters and bring them to life in you. I do not think that in one weekend everything can be hunky-dorey again, but I do think that a door to healing can be opened if you let it. I would really say that this book is something that someone should read if they are hurting and doubting God's trust, existence, or having human trust issues. But this book should be read with the warning that I was given before I first read the scriptural book of Job. You have to read the whole thing. If you read parts of it, you might like it, you might benefit, but probably will only become angry. If you read the whole thing, you will learn things about yourself that you didn't want to know nor see, but you will be a hugely better person because of it and will sincerely benefit.