Item description for Leave It to Claire (Claire Everett Series, No. 1) by Tracey Bateman...
Overview A Novel nexpected surgery drags Claire Everett, single mother and writer, away from her computer and back into the real world. During her recovery, she faces how disconnected she has become while immersed in her career. As she has been toiling on her fiction, her kids have grown distant, her mother has decided to move away, and her life has spiraled out of control.
Community Description In this lighthearted, inspirational "mom lit" offering, Bateman (The Color of the Soul) introduces readers to Claire, a single mom and relatively successful author of Christian romance novels, whose life is beginning to come apart. Claire's doctor tells her she needs wrist surgery, which will prevent her working for six weeks.
One son is writing suggestive poetry about the secretary at school, while another has started wearing black and hanging out with the skateboarding crowd. Her 16-year-old daughter resents her, and her mother is moving away. On top of that, her ex-husband and his wife, Darcy, have become Christians and started regularly attending her church, and it appears that beautiful, thin Darcy would actually like to be Claire's friend.
Claire puts together a to-do list with things like "Go to church more," "Reconnect with my children" and "Exercise-maybe" and sets out to change her life. But will she be able to forgive her ex? And what will become of her friendship with one son's good-looking male teacher?
Claire is far from an ideal Christian-she's a regular person who struggles and keeps trying. Readers will enjoy and relate to her, and the plot will pull them along.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 1" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2006
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446696080 ISBN13 9780446696081
Availability 0 units.
More About Tracey Bateman
Tracey Batemanis an award-winning author of more than thirty books including Thirsty. She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.
Tracey Bateman currently resides in the state of Missouri.
Tracey Bateman has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Leave It to Claire (Claire Everett Series, No. 1)?
3.5 Nice Read Nov 11, 2007
This was a pretty good book. Had humor and a good story like the last one I read. My only complaint is that I wish authors would print in large print when a book is part of a series, and which book each one is. I read the last first, now I am back tracking.
An enjoyable read! Jan 28, 2007
I was surprised and delighted to read this book. I found it light, breezy, laugh-out-loud funny-- overall a great find! I didn't think I would relate much to Claire, her approaching 40, divorced mother of four, and me being a single 25 year old, but I did. She is a klutz in many aspects of her life- I loved her early interactions with Greg (even at her stage in life, doesn't see that he obviously likes her) and her daughter's embarassment over her "wardrobe" hilarious yet completely understandable (Claire's affinity for Spongebob Squarepants pj pants and leopard print slippers).
Ms. Bateman has written a winner here and I am eager to get my hands on the next chapter in the adventures of Claire!
You can't do it all Dec 29, 2006
Claire is a romance author and a single mom. She has four kids ranging from a teenager to a 6 year old. She has to put up with her ex-husband who cheated on her and his new young wife (not the one he cheated with). Her mom, who's been her backbone for the past few years, decides to leave to be with her brother's family in Texas. The cute neighbor who moves in next door also happens to be Claire's son's teacher plus the worship pastor at church. Plus he seems to like Claire..a lot. Add all these in with unruly kids, carpal tunnel surgery and panic attacks, and Claire's got a lot to learn that she can't do everything all on her own.
I really enjoyed this read. It was fun hip mom lit. Almost anyone can identify also with trying to lose a couple of extra pounds, who can turn down hot fresh pizza really? Claire is a character that you both love and get frustrated with at the same time. For me when she had to deal with Rick and Darcy, especially the scenes with the counselor, you really feel for her. I mean imagine having to hear your ex husband say that he never really loved you and he only married you because it was his duty. And plus now he's started a better life with a younger prettier, perfect woman who keeps trying to be your friend when you'd really rather have nothing to do with them. So of course you side with her then. On the other hand, scenes with the way she handles her children made you want to thump Claire on the head. She thinks her kids can do no wrong even when she's presented hard core evidence such as the dirty poems. Thus she does not give them the correct punishments instead choosing to let them off easier. And then she wonders why they don't really listen or respect her? One can learn a lot from Claire and her adventures in this book.
Attention parents of teenagers! Nov 13, 2006
Anyone who has ever had a teenager needs to read this book! This is a sweet novel that addresses single parenting and forgiveness in a humorous, yet Christain perspective.
I LOVED IT!!!!
A Very Funny Book Jul 16, 2006
I found this book in BJ's and figured it would be an okay read. Boy was I wrong! This book is hilarious, and so well written. I am African American, and yet I could identify so well with Claire. I actually laughed aloud through most of the book. I couldn't put it down and read it in a few hours. I can't wait to read the next installment.