Item description for Aprons on a Clothesline (Lake Emily #3) by Traci DePree...
Overview After suffering a stroke, Virginia Morgan battles not only her debilitating illness but the fact that she needs the help of others to survive, and the Morgans and Biddles find themselves dealing with a variety of everyday challenges and adjustments.
Publishers Description Book Three in the Lake Emily series In Lake Emily, life's greatest battles are won by the power of friendship Virginia Morgan is used to helping others-it's who she is. A wife. A mother. A grandmother. A friend. But when Virginia suffers a debilitating stroke, she can no longer wear that apron. It is a change that sends her into the depths of hopelessness. Can she find her way to seeing that life is still well worth living? Or will she give up hope and sink deeper into despair? Meanwhile, the Morgans and Biddles discover that each season of life has its adjustments-for Trudy Biddle marriage and a meddling mother-in-law, for Mae and Peter Morgan the challenges of keeping the family farm afloat as they welcome a new member into their family, and for young Jessie Wise hopes for a new mother. Filled with the enchantment that makes Lake Emily everyone's hometown, "Aprons on a Clothesline" is a lovely reminder that hope can be found even in the tragedies of life and that joy waits in the most unexpected places. " "Traci's books...call my name and soothe my soul."""-"Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of" All Together in One Place "and" A Name of Her Own "
Citations And Professional Reviews Aprons on a Clothesline (Lake Emily #3) by Traci DePree has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 05/01/2005 page 133
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.18" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.95" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 17, 2005
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Lake Emily
Series Number 3
ISBN 1578567300 ISBN13 9781578567300
Availability 0 units.
More About Traci DePree
Traci DePree is the author of "A Can of Peas, " as well as the editor behind many award-winning and best-selling novels. Visit her website at www.tracidepree.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about Aprons on a Clothesline?
Very family oriented and written very well in that context. Nov 25, 2007
As the book begins, which is the 3rd in the Lake Emily series, Virginia, Mae, and Trudy are at this museum when Virginia feeling quite unwell, has a stroke. She is immediately taken to the nearest hospital, and Mae is devastated. Mae is also expecting the birth yet again, of her second child. With the stress of Virginia, she starts having premature contractions. After being in the hospital for a day or so, she is better, but Virginia will have a long frustrating recovery ahead of her.
Virginia will have to learn to gain her strength back all over again and regain her speech as well. She sits in despair every day in the nursing home and is growing very bitter. Things turn around though when Ed Cleworth, Mae's former boss comes calling. Ed lost his wife Willa years before and is lonely. This is a turning point for Virginia, and she begins to snap out of her depression better and starts to recover.
David, Peter's dad and Virginia's son comes to town when Virginia first has her stroke, but then does not stay around when he is most needed. As a symphony orchestra conductor, music has been his whole life above and beyond everyone else. And when he up and leaves yet again, Peter is killing mad. So he and his dad have another falling out after this happens. They may never make amends either.
Jessie, Virginia's little friend, is very upset when Virginia has her stroke and they don't see each other for a long time after. The worst thing too is that Steve, her dad has began drinking again and this is doubly hard for the young girl. When Steve meets and falls for Virginia's therapist, Anna, Jessie sees her as a sort of new mom and has hopes that her dad will marry.
Trudy, Mae's sister marries Bert Biddle in this sequel, and Bert's parents would like for Bert to buy the family property with the farm and everything so that Bert can be close to his work there. Bert's long lost twin brother Fred shows up though after not even keeping in contact for a couple years, and expects the property for his own and his new Russian wife, Sletvana. Things are very tense when he and his wife move in until they can find a place. And Lillian, difficult as she always is, automatically despises her new daughter-in-law. Trudy and Sletvana strike up an instant friendship, and Mae becomes very jealous as this has caused a division in their special sisterly relationship since they've always been really close.
Peter is worried about the farm going under as well since the weather conditions have turned against it. And with milk prices going the way they are too, things are even worse. He tries to get some other help with the bank loan so they can hopefully wait for things to turn around.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly and would like to see yet another installment written, but am not sure if there will be. Depree is an excellent writer.
VERY DULL Aug 15, 2007
I kept waiting for this book to get better. After all, a lot of people gave it great reviews here on this site. But, it never got better.
This is a very dull book. I think it was meant for the Christian market, not that Christian markets are supposed to be dull. But this one is.
I understand that it is supposed to portray feelings in every day life, but the main character (Virginia) spends a lot of time feeling sorry for herself instead of counting her blessings or trying to rise above her misfortune. I could not feel sorry for her since she was doing such a good job of feeling sorry for herself.
The characters are whiners. Okay, the father should try to balance his life between being a conductor of a big symphony and his family, but give the guy a break. He needs to find balance between the two, not to just automatically give up his lifelong desired career and then be made to feel hugely guilty about it because he wants to be an artist.
If I were Virginia and the rest of the Whiner Family, I would be more giving of myself to others' needs, not be as self centered as the characters in this book appear to be. I would want happiness for others, true, unselfish happiness for THEM. That sometimes means letting your family go, not insisting that they be constantly at your side and giving up any semblence of a real life of their own.
At least this book could have been interesting to make up for the shallowness of the characters. But, after about the first four pages, it couldn't even be that.
UGH. What a waste of my time and money.
Like a well woven quilt, Aprons on a Clothesline is a book to be remembered. Jun 5, 2007
Rich characters with depth and emotion fill the pages of this tender and well crafted novel. You will be able to see the rural Minnesota you might never have visited through DePree's eyes. Her characters are full of surprises and her story has its own rhythm and depth. Virginia Morgan is someone you will learn to care for and respect; she is a woman of sacrifices and good intentions who is torn by the devastating and frustrating results of her stroke. She will have to learn to walk again and to speak again and she will win the battle again and again making life changing choices as she goes along and falling in love once again after her beloved husband's death. A touching story with heartfelt and deeply human characters. You will love it if you love a deep and moving read.
Traci Depree -what a talent Jan 4, 2007
I can get lost in the books she writes! -thank you Traci!
Comforting and encouraging Jun 1, 2006
One of the best terms for Traci's books is "comforting." Written with a readable style, her rural setting and familiar characters offer readers an oasis from the stress of everyday life. You may also want to read Can of Peas by Traci and, if you care for short Christian fiction, I would recommend Cool Water for the Thirsting Soul by Kenny Paul Clarkson.