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Her grandmother's funeral meant Celia Coleman must return to the small town she had hoped never to see again. The memories of that long-ago home and church -- and of her own behavior there -- are not happy ones. But now the floodgates are about to open. Bruce Healey is struggling with guilt over his own past, and Celia wants nothing to do with this neighbor of hers. But when God lifts them each from their dark valleys of shame, their hearts could indeed be ready to give and ...
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Overview

Her grandmother's funeral meant Celia Coleman must return to the small town she had hoped never to see again. The memories of that long-ago home and church -- and of her own behavior there -- are not happy ones. But now the floodgates are about to open. Bruce Healey is struggling with guilt over his own past, and Celia wants nothing to do with this neighbor of hers. But when God lifts them each from their dark valleys of shame, their hearts could indeed be ready to give and receive love.
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Although there is much to like in this latest novel from Turner, one of the best writers in the Christian market, it's marred by slow pacing, unnecessary asides and relentless introspection. Using a motif of old hymn lines, Turner pens a tale of two neighbors. As a teenager, Celia Coleman was orphaned and raised by her grandmother, a conservative Christian. After rebelling and leaving home, an abortion left Celia riddled with guilt and disillusioned with faith. Now working as an art gallery director in Derby, S.C., Celia collects art but avoids relationships. Her neighbor, the formerly promiscuous Bruce Healey, is disfigured by burns, and Turner gives a fine twist to his story. As Celia and Bruce come to terms with their pasts, they begin to believe in the power of God's grace and forgiveness. This is challenging reading, with the characters engrossed in interior monologue rather than dialogue. Celia and Bruce keep telling themselves why their story would never make a good novel (which raises its own set of questions in the reader's mind). Turner's lovely writing saves many scenes, and fans will recognize characters from her previous novels, such as the Christy Award winner A Garden to Keep. Newcomers can read this as a stand-alone novel, but it will take stamina to make it to the happily-ever-after conclusion. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764227301
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Langston Turner, author of six novels and winner of a Christy Award, has been a teacher for thirty-five years. Currently a professor of creative writing and literature at Bob Jones University, she lives with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Seek Us When We Go Astray
1. The Birds Hush Their Singing 11
2. On That Beautiful Shore 22
3. Where the Still Waters Flow 32
4. And the Morning Breaks Eternal 42
5. Marching Through Immanuel's Ground 52
6. Where Bright Angel Feet Have Trod 64
7. Some Melodious Sonnet 74
8. Each Earthly Joy 83
9. Silent in the Grave 93
10. Of Every Good Possessed 102
11. A Green Hill Far Away 113
12. With Every Morning Sacrifice 123
13. Ten Thousand Charms 134
14. Just Beyond the Shining River 145
15. Yonder Sacred Throng 156
16. Not a Shadow, Not a Sigh 169
17. Frail Children of Dust 180
18. The Burning of the Noonday Heat 191
19. On the Page White and Fair 202
20. Till the Last Beam Fadeth 211
21. Those Wide, Extended Plains 222
22. No Other Fount 232
23. Pilgrim Through This Barren Land 242
24. Fathomless Billows of Love 253
Part 2 Hear, O Hear Us When We Pray
25. One Holy Passion 265
26. Fast Falls the Eventide 276
27. Emblem of Suffering 287
28. Music in the Sinner's Ears 296
29. Deathbeds Are Coming 307
30. All His Jewels, Precious Jewels 319
31. Mount Pisgah's Lofty Height 332
32. Where No Tears Will Ever Fall 344
33. This World of Toil and Snares 355
34. Out of Distress to Jubilant Psalm 368
35. And Grace Will Lead Me Home 379
36. Deeper Than the Mighty Rolling Sea 390
37. The Song of Harvest-Home 401
Part 3 Thou Hast Loved Us, Love Us Still
38. Through the Storm, Through the Night 409
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Too much, not enough

    Too much thinking and internal debates, but good writing saved the story...to a point. Halfway through, the perspective changed and it went downhill from there. Should have stuck with Celia's point of view and let the reader be there when everything happened! Oh my goodness! We went through everything else! Didn't really care for Bruce's perspective either. Felt cheated by the ending. Review by CherishD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Modern prodigal son story

    This story was MY story-not all of it-but the underlyingtheme-prodigal son and grace. Loved it.

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  • Posted June 29, 2014

    Very boring.

    To much detail not very interesting story did not have a beginning or and ending as far as I was concerned. It was 500 pages and could have been much shorter and needed more grab and not so much detail of nothing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Wonderful Read

    This was an excellent choice for a feel good read. If you need something to take you away from the here and now, this book will do it and each time you have to lay it down, you will be anxiously waiting to pic it back up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Ann

    This book could nave been written with half the words, very hard to follow the story line-wouldn't recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Pride and Predjudice meets the neighbors

    Full of cliches and bible proof texting, this is still a fairly sweet, albeit rather long Christian romance akin to the firgiveness of the prodigal returning home

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    Celia Coleman faces the death of her grandmother and having to r

    Celia Coleman faces the death of her grandmother and having to return to her grandmother's hometown for the funeral and to take care of her estate.  Celia's memories of the small Georgia town are not fond but as she spends time with her grandmother's things she's faced with the realization that she must come to terms with her and her grandmother's past.  This includes finding answers to the questions about her grandmother's Christian religion.




    Bruce Healy lives with his sister and must face the ghosts of his promiscuous past as he tries to move forward in his new Christian faith.  As he encounters his next door neighbor Celia, can they find what they have in common or will the memories of their pasts force them to remain alone?




    The first half of the book is told from Celia's point of view and the second half from Bruce's.  This was disconcerting to me as I was not expecting the change in narrator.  Despite that, the novel is captivating and insists that the reader confront any unresolved questions and fears that they have from the past.  




    Publication date: November 1, 2008
    Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary
    Setting: South Carolina, Georgia
    Rating: A-

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Another compelling read from Jamie Langston Turner.  

    Another compelling read from Jamie Langston Turner.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Wonderful

    When Celia Coleman was fifteen, a DUI killed her parents in what the family forever called the ¿clothes dryer¿ day. Celia moved in with her dirt-poor pious grandmother. They did not get along as the younger felt God abandoned her while the older remained a fanatical believer. Celia leaves for college in Delaware and afterward becomes a South Carolina gallery art director, goes home to Dunmore, Georgia for the first time in fourteen years to attend her grandmother¿s funeral, but remains embarrassed by her roots................................ After the funeral, Celia finds a new family moved in next door to her. She is attracted to her new neighbor Bruce, but she will not act on it because besides he is married. Bruce reciprocates the feelings, but has his own demons to contend with including caring for his sister and his niece. Celia concludes that her sour piss grandma was content with her life while she is not. She begins to seek solace with God even as heavenly matchmaking skills assist her and Bruce to relate starting with a toilet plunger..................................... NO DARK VALLEY is an intriguing character study that looks deep into the soul of a woman who lost all faith in the Lord when her parents were killed. The story line bares open Celia so that the audience can see her discontentment. The secondary characters furbish further insight into what Celia feels as some condemn her while others offer rejected sustenance. Though there is little action, Jamie Langston Turner provides her audience with a deep look at the impact of survivors when bad things happen to good loved ones................................. Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fine reading experience

    When Celia Coleman was fifteen, a DUI killed her parents in what the family forever called the ¿clothes dryer¿ day. Celia moved in with her dirt-poor pious grandmother. They did not get along as the younger felt God abandoned her while the older remained a fanatical believer. Celia leaves for college in Delaware and afterward becomes a South Carolina gallery art director, goes home to Dunmore, Georgia for the first time in fourteen years to attend her grandmother¿s funeral, but remains embarrassed by her roots............................. After the funeral, Celia finds a new family moved in next door to her. She is attracted to her new neighbor Bruce, but she will not act on it because besides he is married. Bruce reciprocates the feelings, but has his own demons to contend with including caring for his sister and his niece. Celia concludes that her sour puss grandma was content with her life while she is not. She begins to seek solace with God even as heavenly matchmaking skills assist her and Bruce to relate starting with a toilet plunger................................... NO DARK VALLEY is an intriguing character study that looks deep into the soul of a woman who lost all faith in the Lord when her parents were killed. The story line bares open Celia so that the audience can see her discontentment. The secondary characters furbish further insight into what Celia feels as some condemn her while others offer rejected sustenance. Though there is little action, Jamie Langston Turner provides her audience with a deep look at the impact of survivors when bad things happen to good loved ones............................... Harriet Klausner

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    Posted June 8, 2014

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