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Newcomer Anne and aloof Olivia's unlikely friendship blossoms in the midst of misunderstandings, illness, and new life. Will Olivia, drawn to Anne's deep faith, turn to God when her life is threatened?
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Newcomer Anne and aloof Olivia's unlikely friendship blossoms in the midst of misunderstandings, illness, and new life. Will Olivia, drawn to Anne's deep faith, turn to God when her life is threatened?
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In this debut inspirational novel about the faith and friendship of two smalltown North Dakota women, fresh writing gives a familiar plot new life. Olivia Marsden is a columnist for the Brewster Banner, but secretly longs to write a novel (which the prologue hints that this book becomes). She's not good at relationships, but when perky Anne Abbot moves to town, the two form a tight-knit friendship. However, their joy about Anne's first pregnancy soon becomes fear when Anne is diagnosed with breast cancer. As Olivia spends more and more time helping Anne, her own family slides into chaos in her absence. Suddenly, in a jarring transition for the reader, Olivia drops her friendship with Anne. In confusion over her life, Olivia turns to Oprah Winfrey's television program for guidance, which rather improbably helps Olivia figure out her past. When she realizes her faults, Olivia makes amends with Anne, but Anne's cancer is back, and the end looms near. The novel is told in alternating chapters of first-person narrative from Anne and Olivia, which makes it a bit lengthy and occasionally repetitious. Readers may also have a sense of d j vu if they've read Jamie Langston Turner's excellent Some Wildflower in My Heart, which has startling similarities in plot and characterization. But the author's voice is distinctly her own, and although Anne's eventual death is telegraphed from the first page, Henke's poignant writing will still make even the most jaded readers reach for the Kleenex. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736909679
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2002
  • Series: Coming Home to Brewster Series
  • Pages: 468
  • Sales rank: 787,184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Roxanne Sayler Henke lives in rural North Dakota with her husband, Lorren and their dog, Gunner. They have two, very cool, adult daughters, Rachael and Tegan, equally-cool sons-in-law, Cory and Dave, and one delightful granddaughter, Simone. As a family they enjoy spending time at their lake cabin in northern Minnesota. Roxanne has a degree in Behavioral and Social Science from the University of Mary and for many years was a newspaper humor columnist. She has also written and recorded radio commercials, written for, and performed in, a comedy duo; and co-written school lyceums. She is the author of eight novels.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    Amazing Book! A must read!

    Wow. Outstanding to say the least. As a high school girl who loves to read, one day my librarian told me about a new arrival that our school had received and said she was reading and it was pretty good so far so i checked out the other copy. I read it everytime i had the chance, and i will be honest, i cried in many points during this book. It's filled with ups and downs, and it really takes you to so many levels. You laugh, cry, smile, and just plain out enjoy this book every step of the way. I highly recommend it to everyone, even young adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005


    I just finished reading this book and I gotta say I could relate to this book, it made me think. It brought me close to tears in parts, but also made me laugh. I would most certainly reccommend it. Just read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    I couldn't put it down!

    This book was so captivating. I will admit that this is probably the most moving book that I've ever read! I could relate to both characters on many different levels. And am looking very forward to the next 2!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Written from both sides...

    Ms. Henke does a great job at writing their story from the views of each friend! I saw myself in both Olivia and Anne, maybe you will too. It is an easy read. Don't forget to bring your box of tissues too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    Very personal for me.

    This book was so captivating right from the start. It's a tale about small town North Dakota which is so accurate. Since I grew up in North Dakota, I could really relate to some of the descriptions. This book was also very personal for people who have gone through breast cancer treatment. Though I cried through much of the book, it also made me smile many times. So engaging, I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    An inspiring tale of engaging friendship

    I was intrigued from the start, captured by the opposing point of views of Libby and Anne. What fun! I expected something catty to evolve. Instead it took me into something much more fulfilling. I experienced the joy shared between two women in a way I never knew possible. As a male, I never considered the element of depth in women's friendships, and just assumed they were all the same. If you've seen one female friendship, you've seen them all. It never occurred to me how much more was going on, and that women may long for friendships they don't have. This story took me into a world that I never knew existed, and I'm a better person for it. The book's main audience may be women, but it inspired me as well. The characters were extremely real, so human, flawed and in need of God's love. Evelyn touched a nerve, and I hated her for being so selfish and shallow. Anne taught me a little about life and God's love. When I put down the book, I wished Anne had been my friend too. Plotting was superb, with all the right surprises and twists that should be there. Everything falls together so perfectly. If you add or delete one phrase it would lessen the book's quality. The only time I sensed it was a woman's book was when the characters went shopping. But friendship always drove the story, a universal theme that even men can understand! That's why any man can enjoy this book. Henke's insights into human psychology made the characters the most real I've encountered in a novel, yet deeply interesting. Anne and Libby are rich with flaws and never bigger than life, and are fascinating to read about. Libby's struggle to understand God was the most honest and realistic I've seen in a novel. I rooted for Libby and Anne. Now I want to root for 'After Anne.' This deeply inspiring tale ought to be in the hands of a lot of people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    A rare find

    This is one of those rare books that stays with you long after you've finished reading ...even the most skeptical reader will be drawn into the realitistically portrayed lives of Anne and Libby. The ending, like the characters, is real, restoring hope even if you haven't lost it! An excellent book for group discussion.

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