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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Prints Charming...Review

About the book:
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.

It was a cute story. A prequel to Sisters, Ink. In a nutshell, Jane's husband cheated on her via the Internet. Her best friend had tried to point out his cheating ways the day of her marriage, but Jane wouldn't listen. Now, 2 years later, she finds herself divorced and on her own. Through her love of scrapbooking, she finds 3 other women with whom she becomes friends.

The story is told through different viewpoints and covers each life: Jane's decision to move forward or accept back her ex-husband, Lydia's inattentive husband, Mari's fertility and adoption issues, and Mac's wayward daughter. Through it all, the "sisters" love and support each other.

The story is funny and full of pop culture references: Stargate, Galactica, Creating Keepsakes and Stacy Julian, etc. It's a light read, and it's Christian without being preachy. It fell a bit flat though as each story, predictably, wraps up too neatly at the same time.

It did make me realize how much I miss having close girlfriends.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 9/08

* * *
3/5 Stars

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