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Ivy's Dilemma: Thy Will Be Done
     

Ivy's Dilemma: Thy Will Be Done

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by Reign
 

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After 11 years of marriage Ivy Jones-Miller is force to file for a divorce from her childhood sweetheart Raymond Miller. Before the documents are filed at the courthouse her husband is killed in an automobile accident. Through the love and dedication of her friends, Ivy is able to survive the turmoil and scrutiny forced upon her by her late husband's family after his

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After 11 years of marriage Ivy Jones-Miller is force to file for a divorce from her childhood sweetheart Raymond Miller. Before the documents are filed at the courthouse her husband is killed in an automobile accident. Through the love and dedication of her friends, Ivy is able to survive the turmoil and scrutiny forced upon her by her late husband's family after his untimely death.

"Ivy's Dilemma" is part of a serial called "Dilemmas." There are three stories base around Ivy Jones-Miller, Sheena Daniels, Miranda Jones and Jade Sanders who grow up in an urban city. Each woman tackle trials and tribulations and winning against all odds though their faith in God and love and devotion of friendship.

Books In The Dilemma Series:
"Ivy's Dilemma (Thy Will Be Done)"
"Jade's Dilemma (Lead Us Not Into Temptation)"
"Sheena's Dilemma (It's Better To Marry Than to Burn)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977093601
Publisher:
Dreams Publishing Co.
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Dilemmas Ser.
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Ivy Jones-Miller sat on the side of her bed. In one hand she held a picture of her husband of eleven years; in the other, a copy of the documents filing for a divorce from him.
She had to admit the reality: she still loved Raymond Terrell Miller. He had been part of her life since she was ten years old. For sixteen years, their families lived next door to each other. Both families had been members of the Cathedral Of Faith Christian Center in Camden, New Jersey, where Ivy's grandfather was founder and pastor. They had grown up together. And she honestly couldn't imagine what her life was going to be like without him in it.
With tears streaming down her cheeks, she released the documents and watched as they slipped down to land near her feet on the plush carpeted floor. Hugging the photograph to her breast, she willed herself to accept that this was the end of her life with Ray.
The feeling had to be worse than death itself.
What she was realizing was that all the material possessions she and Ray had accumulated meant nothing if he was not here to share them with her. She had been willing to give up this tremendous house with its breathtaking view of the lake, a view she had enjoyed for many years from the bay window in the morning kitchen. The Bentley, the Mercedes, and every piece of jewelry she owned - she would have relinquished it all, gladly, just to have him with her again.
Yes, just to have Ray in her arms and back in her life the way it used to be, she would be willing to live like a vagabond.
And here was the ultimate irony, even though she was willing to give up everything, he still didn't want her anymore. He had told her, his voice flat and distant, to file for a divorce; and since that day he hadn't slept in their home.
Ivy looked over at numerous pictures of Ray and herself that were sitting on her dresser. She walked over to them and stared at each, one by one. "I hate that I ever met you," she said out loud as she looked intently at his image. She picked up the heavy gold-framed photograph and after staring at it a few moments more, she pitched it against the wall on the opposite side of the room. She watched as the glass shattered against the wall, falling onto the carpet.
She turned her attention back to the other photos. "I hate you," she repeated. The three words came from her lips; but in her heart, that was far from the truth. "Oh, God, what am I going to do?" She crumpled to the floor. The truth was she wanted to hate him. She needed to hate him. It was too hard to accept, otherwise.
After a few minutes of self-pity, the anger surged back. She stood up and grabbed a crystal-framed photograph of Ray in his Redskins uniform. She dropped it to the floor and began to stomp on it, over and over again. Each time her foot smashed onto the picture she said a word. "I," stomp, "hate," stomp, "you," chanting it over and over again, trying her best to make a lie the truth so the pain in her heart would go away. "Damn you, Ray. I gave you the best of me. I gave you all of me. I'm the mother of your children. How could you be so cruel?"
She cried until she was spent. Then as the tears began to subside, Ivy stood and swung her arm over the dresser, flinging everything on it to the floor.
"What am I going to do?" She murmured the words out loud. "How am I going to live without him?"
She hadn't told a soul that Ray had left her. Perhaps telling someone would make her face the fact that it was truly over. Her guess was that everyone would be shocked, especially when they found out that she and Ray were divorcing. She came from a Christian family that did not divorce.
How was she going to explain this to her family? She was a minister's daughter. Her family believed in until death do you part - and so did she: it would have been that way, too, if she had her way.
But the choice was out of her hands. It's in God's hands now, she thought. She would have to stop all this crying and be strong and face the fact that she had done all she could to save this marriage. The final papers were signed and had been delivered to the attorney; it was time to inform the people closest to her. Maybe after she opened up and shared her grief with the people who really cared about her, she could begin the healing process, begin to become whole again.
First she needed to tell their children. Ray Jr. the oldest, was nine, Solomon, was five, and the twin girls, Tamara and Terra, were three. Ivy wiped the tears from her eyes with the back of her hand, took a deep breath and commanded herself to get it together.
It was time that she accepted that Ray had left her and his entire family a long time ago, long before he voiced his desire for a divorce. Filing the paperwork only made it official.
Ivy knew that she didn't need to blame herself, at least not entirely: there was enough blame to go around. Other women. Drugs. It has been nearly two years since Ray's last attempt to rid his life of the drugs. After failing to complete three different programs at three different facilities, her father, the Reverend James Jones, had recommended the Faith and Hope Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center. Reverend Jones was now the pastor of Cathedral Of Faith Christian Center and he knew people who had attended the Center; he had suggested this facility because of the highly successful completion rate of their clients. Through his work with the inner-city youth at the Ray Miller Youth Center, he had sent many others through the drug program offered at Faith and Hope.
Nevertheless, Ray had yet again failed to finish the program.
How could all this have happened right under Ivy's nose? How could she not have recognized the warnings? All the signs had been there, right in front of her. Had she been in denial? Or had she simply been deaf to anything that threatened her marriage, her happiness? When they had first started out, she would never have thought in a million years that Ray would be stupid enough to get himself hooked on any drug, especially one as addictive and harmful as heroin. .......

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Ivy's Dilemma: Thy Will Be Done 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ivy's Dilemma is a very good book. I would recommend to anyone who has not read this book to get their copy. I can hardly wait until the next episode is available. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Finished the book in one day...it was that good. Looking forward to reading more books by this author. May the Lord always shine upon you and be Blessed!
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Ivy Jones and Raymond T. Miller met when his family moved next door. As children, it was obvious that there was a connection. With all of the skeptics being vocal it's clear that they didn't expect anything more than a mere puppy love.

Anna, a spiteful, hateful church going woman.
Pete, jealous of his younger brother.
Lisa caught between loving her family and falling in love.

Ivy coming from a family of pastors and believers knew that faith in God heals all wounds. Including drugs, infidelity, debt, and anger.

When Ivy stops hiding and allows her dream team of family and friends to join her in her fight even in the mist of pain things seem better.

Although I found the book very entertaining. Jade and her drawn out secret became an irk. Which I guess is the reason I also can't wait to read the next book.

This is the first story I've read that had a lot of landmarks from my area. Just so happens, I am an employee of Cooper Medical Center so of course she gets an extra star for that one. Keep up the good work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jade Marie Sanders is a hardworker and would do anything to protect her family, even if that means keeping secrets about her past. Darrell is a minister in training and also the father of Jade's son Desmond who is so in love with Jade, but she feels she will not be able to return the love and live up to the title as the 'preacher's wife' because of her mysterious past. Depending on her faith in God, advice and loving support from her girls Ivy, Sheena and Miranda, will Jade be able to make come face to face with her past? Jade's Dilemma is a enjoyable read. With the use of scriptures from the bible, and a beautiful story written I commend Reign for her knack for storytelling. Absolutely incredible. Looking forward to reading Sheena's story. Tangerine, Reader's Paradise Book Club
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was soothing and insightful i really think that this could be someone's story. this book represents God's strength and faith given to women. It shows that God sends people into your life to heal you and that he will not put anything more on you that you can't bare. I recommend this book to anyone that needs an example of the works of God
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ivy Jones and Raymond T. Miller met when his family moved next door. As children, it was obvious that there was a connection. With all of the skeptics being vocal it's clear that they didn't expect anything more than a mere puppy love. Anna, a spiteful, hateful church going woman. Pete, jealous of his younger brother. Lisa caught between loving her family and falling in love. Ivy coming from a family of pastors and believers knew that faith in God heals all wounds. Including drugs, infidelity, debt, and anger. When Ivy stops hiding and allows her dream team of family and friends to join her in her fight even in the mist of pain things seem better. Although I found the book very entertaining. Jade and her drawn out secret became an irk. Which I guess is the reason I also can't wait to read the next book. This is the first story I've read that had a lot of landmarks from my area. Just so happens, I am an employee of Cooper Medical Center so of course she gets an extra star for that one. Keep up the good work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raymond Terrell Miller & Ivy Jones-Miller have been keen on one another since the very day they met. As neighbors their infatuation grew with age. After 11 years of marriage, Ivy finds herself alone, afraid, brokenhearted, with steadily increasing debts. With everything around her spiraling so far out of control Ivy is uncertain as to how much more she'll be able to undergo. Why does it hurt so bad? Ivy's childhood sweetheart Ray was long gone, and replaced by some unfamiliar man. The disrespect, and disregard for Ivy, and their children for the past two years was far too gone, and as a final blow Ray requested that Ivy divorce him. Wasted my years a fool of a wife. As Ivy girlfriends Jade (who has a ton of secrets), Miranda (her cousin), and Sheena (the overly opinionated beauty) gather for a girls' weekend. Ivy details her past 2 years. As she sheds off the layers, breaking down the enormous barriers Ivy's quelled with a mortal dilemma. Through sickness and health 'till death do us part Those were the words that we said from our hearts The dilemma becomes even more massive as the families fight one another instead of consoling one another during their times of need. I know there are no guarantees In love you take your chances But somehow it seems unfair to me Look at the circumstances Ivy was able to tolerate the travesties while at the same time remaining a virtuous woman. Though Ivy's dilemma was a fresh start, I can't wait to read all about Jade's dilemmas'. Reign is a new author whose work centers around women who rely on their faith in God, friends, and families. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was truely blessed to have had an advanced copy of this novel. This story really came to life as I read it. The author made me feel as if I knew each one of the characters. I felt so many different emotions throughout this novel. As I turned each page I was on the edge of my seat. This story shows you what God will do for you if you just trust him completely. Troubles dont last always. I cant wait to read the next novel!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is one that shows us that when we are at our rope's end God will step in if we are faithful. I was unable to put this novel down. I carried it everywhere I went until I finished it. It is a story of unconditional love, friendship, hidden secrets and true sister-friends. I hope the next book in the series is soon to come?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was blessed to receive an advance copy of this book. I read the whole book in one day!! This story is real page turner, you will not be able to put it down. The characters are easy to identify with. This novel will make you laugh, cry and leave you spiritually uplifted. The Grace of God is clearly demonstrated as being 'sufficient' in all situations and circumstances. I am eagerly awaiting the next 'Dilemma' in this series which will be added to my library one of my all time favoirtes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was blessed to receive an advance copy of Ivy's Dilemma. I read the whole book in one day!! Ivy's Dilemma is a captivating real life story that grabs you from the first paragraph. I could easily identify with many of the characters portrayed. This work will bring out many emotions as you read. You will laugh, cry, get angry and your heart will be lifted. There is also a powerful inspirational message intertwined in the pages of this compelling story. This is the first of the Dilemma series and I am sitting on the edge of my chair awaiting the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to be given an advance reader's copy of Ivy's Dilemma. I was hooked from the first paragraph. The action begins as soon as you start reading, and it never lets up. Here is the gist of the story: Ivy and Raymond Miller have been married for eleven years. Ray's a professional football player. And Ivy's a stay-at-home wife and mother who supports him in everything he does. He and Ivy lived next door to each other growing up, and in a sweet gesture when he was ten, Ray asked Ivy to be his girlfriend. They were sweethearts from that point on, and when Ray got a scholarship to play football, he would not leave without Ivy. They were married just before they went away to college. Eleven years later, Ray has won many awards as a football player. Their life together appears enchanted to those looking on, but it's not. Ray became addicted to painkillers due to an injury, and from there he tried heroin and got hooked. Try as he might, he couldn't shake his addiction. His behavior becomes abusive and erratic. He begins cheating on Ivy. Ivy knows what is going on, but she wants to save her marriage. She wants to save Ray. But several stays in a rehabilitation center does Ray no good. One day, out of the blue, he announces to Ivy, 'I want you to divorce me.' Ivy is stunned. But he tells her he isn't going to change. So she has no other recourse except to divorce him. However, before she can even file the papers, Ray is involved in a tragic car accident, and that's when the drama really gets going! Ivy must deal with her anger at being treated so badly by Ray. Rage colors her every decision until the most terrible thing that could ever happen to her happens: Ray dies. Secrets are revealed. She learns why Ray behaved the way that he did. As she learns everything, she begins to change, to see why all of these devastating things have befallen her. Ivy's Dilemma is so compelling, you won't want to put it down once you pick it up. The supporting characters: Ivy's parents, her parents-in-law, her girlfriends, Jade, Sheena, and Miranda, will all remind you of someone you know. You will laugh, you will cry, you will cheer the characters on. And you will never forget it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had the opportunity to pre-read this novel. As an avid reader, I must say that this novel is outstanding! You will not want to put it down. It brings out many emotions, i.e. sad, angry, crying, funny, crying, etc. and etc. You will also be blessed when you are done. This novel will also teach you something about the Grace of God and you will feel it. You can't get much better than this when a book does that to you. When you are finished, you will be 'aching' for the next book in the Series. As I said, I am an avid reader and this new author is definitely on my list of must-read books. I am anxiously awaiting the next book. You will be too!