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The Transformation: A Project Restoration Novel

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    She's done it again!!!

    This third book in the series is absolutely wonderful. It is amazing how Terri can take everyday life and put it into perspective with a Godly point of view. I love how she addresses the Jewish religion and combines it with Ruth and Noami. As a lover of old homes and bringing life into them, Terri reaches out to my heart with each of her books to supply it with needed confirmation that bringing something so old, valuable, and in need of repair is always out there - ready for mending. Just like human lives that are in dire need or fresh beginnings, the two are one and semantics are many. I didn't want the story to end and feel like a part of me is missing now that it's finished. But on the bright side, there will be another. I hope!

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    The Blue Church

    Oliver Barnett, has a secret. One that is keeping him bound up. And it is also making him miserable trying to please his mother all the time. Thirty eight years old and never married, a successful contractor, Oliver takes on a project destined to change his life forever.

    Samantha Cohen, a young Jewish woman, living life loose, fast and crazily, is a flipper. She buys properties and remodels them, and then sales for a profit. Her latest project is a church. A church with lovely historical stained glass windows. She has a beautiful vision, of a lovely restaurant and nightclub.
    She too has a secret, that drives her to the crazy things she finds herself in the middle of.

    Their worlds collide when they meet and Oliver bids on her latest project. Never one to believe in love at first sight, Samantha does however, sense that Oliver is different from any man she has ever met. She is falling hard for him, and fast. Oliver on the other hand is very cautious, a born again believer, who believes in sexual purity and holy living, he is the complete opposite of Samantha.

    Then there is lovely Paula, a young divorced mother from Oliver's hometown. A young lady that his mother didn't like him dating in high school. But she seems just fine to push Oliver towards a serious relationship with Paula now. Add Tolliver, also know as Taller, Oliver's brother, his jealousy and issues toward Oliver, and indeed you have a tangled web. Teri Kraus expertly untangles this web, and weaves it into a story that will keep your interest. Who gets the girl? Who falls in love? Is there a wedding? Read this wonderful novel and find out. Discussion and group questions at the end of the book.358 pages $14.99 US

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Way better than your average romance

    The Transformation by Terri Kraus has an unexpected depth. Oliver Barnett has spent much of his life trying to please him mother while also living out his faith. Samantha Cohen has spent hers trying to please no one but herself. The two are thrown together when she hires him to be the contractor to renovate a beautiful old church into a restaurant, a job his mother is certain will make him the bullseye on Satan's dartboard with God's permission for the sacrilege. The church maintains a certain sanctity, and everyone who spends time there will be transformed. The plot sounds like any number of romance novels, but Kraus ' writing elevates this to pure literature. She creates a taut suspenseful story where the reader can feel the noose tightening around Oliver's neck. Oliver's faith is a rare gem, and his desire to make everyone happy puts him at the mercy of far too many people. The characters are three-dimensional, not all good or bad, and every line of dialogue rings true.Kraus exposes the hypocrisy of Christians who believe in forgiveness for only some and can justify anything with Scripture without truly believing. Just like reading a detective or suspense story where the tension grows with each page, so does The Transformation. This book was truly a joy to read.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    Transforming their lives as well as a building

    Another great book in a series. This time the renovation is a church and the two people involved, the real estate developer and the contractor have more in common than not, although of course, since the transformation is about them as well as the church they don't realize the common thread at first. This story brings to mind how people, Christian and non-Christian alike, are much more judgemental about a person's past than God will be. The author is a writer who can draw you into the story and make you forget the world around you for a time. 4 stars.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    Transforming Lives One Nail at a Time

    As an avid reader, it is a pleasure to me to find an author who can write a series and make each successive book as good as or better than the one before. Terri Kraus does this. The Transformation is book three in her Project Restoration Series. In Oliver Barnett and Samantha Cohen she crafted new, flawed, endearing characters and managed to give us pieces of information about the characters we came to love in the other books. She even gave us a canine character who frequently upstages his humans.

    As a resident of Pennsylvania, a lover of old buildings and a true romantic at heart, this book touched me on several levels. And, as the renovation of the old church takes place, a renovation in the characters' hearts does too. Reader, beware. Your heart may have some improvements by the faith and grace elements in the story line. If you have not read The Renovation and The Renewal I would recommend them. However, each book stands alone, so go ahead and grab this one while it is on the shelf! I enjoy Terri's books and look forward to reading more.

    Notice: In accordance with the FTC regulations I inform you that in my role as an Influencer, The Transformation was sent to me directly from the author, Terri Kraus, for review purposes. I review only books I have read and all reviews are the honest representation of my opinion of the book.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    Read this book and expect a transformation.

    In Ellensburg, Washington where some of my family live there is the cutest little restaurant called "The Yellow Church." It is a pleasure to eat in the peaceful atmosphere. Because of eating in "The Yellow Church" I was fascinated by the transformation of the Blue Church.

    Terri's characters are well rounded and as it was interesting to see the influence the Blue church had on the people who worked to transform her. I followed the transformation of each character. The individual healing that came to each one. Reconciliation between siblings, between Mother and sons. Relationships given another chance. This love story truly shows the love of God for those who call on Him.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Unforgettable story of Hope

    Unforgettable. A compelling and realistically crafted story of restoration that will touch you, surprise you, and change you.

    If you read much, and tend to assume or expect certain results you will be pleased to discover that Terri Kraus does not limit her characterization or storyline to the expected. Several unique twists made this realistic drama exceptionally compelling. Every character's remarkably crafted personality becomes vital to the tapestry of Oliver and Samantha's private and public journey as they transform the Blue Church.

    Ms. Kraus' expertise in the world of design is evident and the desire and love of God for all of mankind's "interior design" and possibilities of renovation permeates every page with hope. This is a book you will surely recommend to others, and likely want to read again yourself. A great choice for book clubs or discussion groups.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

    Not an Ordinary Romance!

    The Transformation is not your ordinary romance. In fact, it's not your ordinary anything. What it is is a beautifully told story of Oliver-not-Ollie, a man who seeks to do God's will in every aspect of his life. But finding God's will isn't easy, especially when those closest to him, including his mother and his pastor, give him advice that conflicts with what he feels deep in his heart. Is he wrong to want to help real estate developer Samantha Cohen transform a former church into a restaurant? Should he hire three brothers, despite their past sins? What role should former girlfriend Paula have in his life? And what should he do about Samantha? She's certainly not the daughter-in-law his mother longs for. Replete with memorable secondary characters, including Robert the Dog, Terri Kraus's latest book provides many hours of enjoyable reading.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    The latest Project Restoration tale (see THE RENEWAL) is an interesting contemporary religious romance

    In Shadyside on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, real estate developer Samantha Cohen plans to renovate the historic Blue Church into an in crowd restaurant and nightclub. She hires contractor Oliver Barnett to help her change the religious site. His pious mother is upset as she sees this as blasphemy by her son and that Jewish woman.

    Samantha and Oliver are attracted to one another, but he is a Christian while she is Jew. Christian not only is a believer, he would never hurt his mom by bringing home someone of another faith. Meanwhile his mom encourages his kind likable former girlfriend Paula to go after Oliver who is in love with Samantha.

    The latest Project Restoration tale (see THE RENEWAL) is an interesting contemporary religious romance that in some ways is the gender bending retelling of the biblical story of Ruth. The lead couple is a delightful pairing as each has religious issues and family tsuris to overcome if they are to forge a loving relationship under God; but who's God. With a strong cast complementing the prime duet, Terri Kraus provides a strong look at love and religion in the modern world.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 27, 2009


    A shy contractor, a vivacious real estate speculator, a put-out-to-pasture pastor, and some ex cons are thrown together in a delightful mix that makes this third book in Kraus's Project Restoration series impossible to put down. None of the flawed characters seem likely candidates to write a book about, but when we begin to see them through God's redemptive eyes, we know there is hope for the rest of us.

    There's just something about this very old church that compels Samantha Cohen to buy it, and Oliver Barnett to agree to renovate it for her. And Robert The Dog is as much a part of the crew as Oliver's less than dependable brother and the ex cons he hires to turn the historic church into a restaurant night club. And while the renovations are taking place on the building, God is busy transforming hearts, even the most unlovable.

    A delight to read, you won't be disappointed.

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