Adams Street Antiques

Adams Street Antiques

by Paul E. Stroble
     
 
Attractive, complicated, friendly, and irrepressible, Becky operates a Mayersburg, Illinois, antique shop in the downtown store that has been in her family for nearly a hundred years. Becky supplies customers with their eccentric antique needs while entertaining those folk with her own eccentric ways. One day a wandering "Prince Charming" enters Becky's world.

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Attractive, complicated, friendly, and irrepressible, Becky operates a Mayersburg, Illinois, antique shop in the downtown store that has been in her family for nearly a hundred years. Becky supplies customers with their eccentric antique needs while entertaining those folk with her own eccentric ways. One day a wandering "Prince Charming" enters Becky's world. Gabe Hausser, a peripatetic history teacher whose family originates in Mayersburg, happens one day into Adams Street Antiques and meets Becky. Becky is not swept off her (usually bare) feet, but she and Gabe become friends and, eventually, try to suppress a strong mutual attraction. Meanwhile Gabe attends to Becky's renter-Gabe's nearly senile grandpa-who nearly burns the shop once and, as she suspects, a mysterious second time.
Gabe's arrival at Adams Street Antiques precipitates not only strong emotions and a series of comic encounters, but also the unraveling of a century-old conflict. Becky's father, the dry-witted Lew, distrusts Gabe because of some family disharmony that he will not discuss. Becky will not be a victim of her father's anxiety, yet she must be persuaded of Gabe's worth for her own reasons-reasons no less strong for being unclear to her. All the while, God's grace proves stronger than doubt, difficult questions, and the sorrow Becky and Lew must face during an eventful summer.
Rich in local midwestern color and characterization, filled with humor and romantic anxiety, Adams Street Antiques is a thoughtful, heartwarming story of friendship and faithfulness in a small midwestern town.

Paul Stroble has written two theological studies, The Social Ontology of Karl Barth (San Francisco, 1994) and The Life and Letters of Paul: Galatians (forthcoming in 2000); two books about his hometown, High On the Okaw's Western Bank: Vandalia, Illinois, 1819-1839 (Urbana, 1992) and Journeys Home: Thoughts and Places (Louisville, 1995); an ecumenical history, The Kentucky Council of Churches, 1947-1997 (forthcoming in 2000); and numerous articles, reviews, essays, curricular materials, and poetry. He teaches college in Kentucky and Indiana.

Editorial Reviews

Geri Moore
Stroble has crafted a beautiful romance and a full subplot that holds the reader's interest throughout...Adams Street Antiques is a great book about love, Christianity, small town living, friendships, and forgiveness wrapped up in 346 pages.
The Senior Review (Greenville, IL)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967408606
Publisher:
Strobl, Paul
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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