Good Faith

Good Faith

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by Liz Crowe
     
 

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Strong personalities--volatile marriages--stressful careers--conflicting goals--difficult children.

Contemporary challenges facing close-knit families form the crucible that forges a new generation.

Brandis, Gabriel, Blair and Lillian emerge from the entanglement of their parents' longstanding emotional connections, but one's star will burn brighter

Overview

Strong personalities--volatile marriages--stressful careers--conflicting goals--difficult children.

Contemporary challenges facing close-knit families form the crucible that forges a new generation.

Brandis, Gabriel, Blair and Lillian emerge from the entanglement of their parents' longstanding emotional connections, but one's star will burn brighter – and hotter – than the others.

With a personality that consumes everyone and everything in its path, Brandis Gordon struggles to maintain control as he ricochets between wild success and miserable failure. His life proves how even the strongest relationships can be strangled by the ties that bind.

Brandis and Gabe Frietag are as close as any brothers, bound by both loyalty and fierce rivalry. The strength of their ultimate alliance is tested time and again by Brandis' choices.

Companions from birth, Blair Frietag and Lillian Robinson share loner tendencies, but come to rely on each other through adolescence. As they mature, both are forced to confront their feelings for the men they knew as boys.

Somewhere between the tangle of good memories and bad, independence and addiction, optimism and despair, the intertwined destinies of the new generation finally collide, leaving some stronger, others broken, but none unscathed.

As a chronicle of three families navigating the minefields of teen years into the turbulence of young adulthood, Good Faith holds up a literary mirror to contemporary life with joys and temptations unflinchingly reflected. Its fresh, real-life voice portrays the sheer volatility of human nature, complete with the hopes, dreams, and unexpected setbacks of marriage, parenthood and "coming of age."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148974932
Publisher:
Tri Destiny Publishing
Publication date:
11/13/2013
Series:
Stewart Realty , #8
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
522
Sales rank:
265,197
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Microbrewery owner, best-selling author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great Midwest, in a major college town. She has decades of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as a three-continent, ex-pat trailing spouse. While working as a successful Realtor, Liz made the leap into writing novels about the same time she agreed to take on marketing and sales for the Wolverine State Brewing Company.

Most days find her sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, unless she’s writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.

Her early forays into the publishing world led to a groundbreaking fiction subgenre, “Romance for Real Life,” which has gained thousands of fans and followers interested less in the “HEA” and more in the “WHA” (“What Happens After?”). More recently she is garnering even more fans across genres with her latest novels, which are more character-driven fiction, while remaining very much “real life.”

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, in successful real estate offices and many times in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are unique and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, frustrate, and linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

If you are in the Ann Arbor area, be sure and stop into the Wolverine State Brewing Co. Tap Room—but don’t ask her for anything “like” a Bud Light, or risk serious injury.

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Good Faith 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You've done again! Written another great book! Could not put it down. A few surprises, and many tears. Can't wait to start another one of your books;) thank you.
NC_Reading_Addict More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest. This wasn't my favorite in the series, but I think it was more in that the storyline didn't follow the path I expected or wanted it to. Having said that, I couldn't put it down until I finished. I love the entire series which I have already read twice and plan to read over again now that this final book is out. I love anything that Liz Crowe writes.
katiebasie More than 1 year ago
Always a good read...Good Faith ties up the Stewart Realty series in a heart-wrenching and heart-warming way, as always. This one, as in all the books before, had me from the beginning.Never able to put the book down until I couldn't see the words. I went to bed with the characters and woke knowing that I would pick up where left off immediately. Liz Crowe writes from the heart about the heart, hurt, love  and just plain true grit. PLEASE, read all the books, beginning with Floor Time, you will not be disappointed!
TipsyLit More than 1 year ago
With Liz Crowe’s series, you are taken on a journey. This journey is not unicorns and flowers and rainbows with pots of gold at the end. No, it’s like the most wicked, thrilling, death-defying roller coaster ride of your life! The author of the series states, “I write books I like to read.” Well, I like to read her’s too only they should come with a warning! Something like, “You will get sucked in and you lose spans of time from your life.” Why? Because like a Lay’s potato chip, it’s impossible to just read one. I gobble up these novels and then spend a good long time afterward hung over from them. Good Faith (Book 8) is about the children of all the other couples noted in books 1-7. I have to admit, I’m only half way through it. I’d planned to have it finished by this review but alas, you can’t rush perfection. I didn’t want to burn through it. You don’t just burn through anything Liz writes. You read a few chapters and give yourself a break. Time to really ponder all that’s happened in those chapters. What I will say is that what I’ve already read is so involved it would need a page or two for a review on its own. There are so many facets of these children and their parents being discovered in this novel you’ll be reeling with information. The culmination of an 8 book series that already is destined for greatness. Overall I would suggest that a reader who hasn’t been exposed to Liz Crowe prepare themselves to be wowed. It’s one thing for a reader to write a good book. Something that passes the day, turns you on for a romp with your man/woman but it’s another to have your life feel changed. That’s what these books do. They stay with you long after you’ve finished them. You become so invested in the characters it’s as if they are your own family. Those are the kinds of books I want to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will miss them all. So in love with jack n sara cried for them. Love Brandeis n Blair. My heart broke for them both. True love. Gabe n Lily were perfect. I would like to see Brandeis and Blair in one more book as true adults and still trying to deal with their issues. Absolutely wonderful. It just broke my heart that Sara didnt see her son getting his life in order. A mothers true wish for her children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing end to the series! I can't wait to read her the authors Black Jacks series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FABULOUS story....what an AMAZING journey its been. To watch these families begin, grow & develop was a joy but to see it come full circle was perfect. I believe a part of me will nevef stop hoping for more. Bug that's because the real life story line and drama made you feel for the characters. Thank you Liz Crowe for taking us on this wonderful journey through life and love.
bonjovi01 More than 1 year ago
OMG are the first words that come to mind now that I have finished this amazing book in an exceptional series. Amazing is the second word...I fell in love with all of the families in the Stewart Realty series from the beginning with Jack and Sara which started in Floor Time and now comes to an end in Good Faith. This book has so much emotion including love, hate, anger and devotion. I found myself up til the wee hours of the am reading this book during which I laughed, cried and sobbed out loud while reading about Brandis and his struggles, Blair and her devotion to Brandis. Gabriel dealing with his inner struggles while trying to figure out who he is. This story is a love story but it is not your typical love story it is so intense! The families involved in this series have been together in some way since the beginning and this book brings them full circle. Thank you Liz Crowe for this spectacular series which took us on an amazing ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just began Good Faith. The sheer size of it is leaving me speechless and the beginning of it is going to make this one hell of a week. I was groaning on how i was going to get thru this week until my vacation begins next Monday but Liz Crowe, I have you to thank in advance for already making it bearable and I'm only on page 13. Thank you and more to come when I come to the conclusion of The Stewart Realty Series. Thanks in advance for the fabulous ride and journey. I miss it already. More to write later. All my best, Robin
RCA1 More than 1 year ago
It was my privilege to read an ARC of Liz Crowe's 8th and final book in the Stewart Realty Series, Good Faith. Friends, colleagues and acquaintances, love, laugh, cry and form bonds that last a lifetime. This final book made me laugh, gasp and sob like a baby. As the parent’s age and life changes, the children are forced to go into the world and begin migrating to adulthood and all its trials and tribulations. The parents in turn must migrate their own life changes while allowing their children to find their own way the best way they know how. This book is like no other I have read in the past. It’s poignant, stressful, emotional and gritty, it’s real life at its best and absolute worst. With life and love comes no guarantee’s and in the end we do the best we can with what we got and the circle of life continues.  FYI, I am in no way affiliated with publishing. Just a middle aged, Midwest gal who loves to read, with 20 something kids, trying to hold her marriage together while taking care of aging parents and working full time. If your young this book will show you the road you will travel, if your older it will show you are not alone and life is far from perfect no matter what your situation. I would encourage all of you to put aside some quite time to read this book where you can be alone in your thoughts.  I’ve had weeks to reflect and revisit the book and still cannot reconcile how best to move on and leave the Gordon, Frietag, Inez, Adams and Robinson families behind.  They are my family and will stay in my heart and mind for a very long time. This was a five star read for me and I would encourage you to buy this book and plan a weekend around reading it completely.  If gifting or recommending to a friend, it does stand alone.
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Book_ReviewerMK More than 1 year ago
Good Faith by Liz Crowe Good Faith is a journey from beginning to end. It’s the story of three families and the choices that everyone makes. It’s not a romance but a contemporary/literary fiction. The characters are flawed and human with needs, desires, and weaknesses. Those shortcomings stare you in the face and make you contemplate your own life. Each character is a combination of good choices and bad choices. It’s how they choose to live their lives in spite of all their mistakes that makes this story powerful. Liz Crowe has written a story I could relate to on a gut level and submerse myself into. The emotional journeys which each person takes deeply resonated with me. I didn’t want to stop reading or put the book down. Even a few days after reading it, I’m still thinking about it and pondering the story’s complexities. There’s so much to absorb as characters come full circle and life alters each and every one of them.  As a parent of four young adults, I could identify most with the adult characters, Jack, Sara, Rob, Lila, Craig, and Suzanne. They were me at one time in my life. Also I could relate to the challenges of parenting the teenage years that they faced. We hope as parents that our children won’t make the same mistakes we did, even if we tell them not to, but sometimes our children have to learn it on their own. Other people really connect with the younger generation and their struggles. I love that no two people have the same experience with this book. Each reader has their own encounter and comes away with different opinions and feelings. Fans of the Stewart Realty series will certainly want to read this book as it completes the series but you don’t have to have read any of the other stories to love this book. Good Faith is a stand-alone novel that will delight fans of Alice Munro’s life complexities stories.