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No Dark Valley

No Dark Valley

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Award-winning author Jamie Langston Turner has developed a loyal following of readers with her well-developed characters who realistically struggle with matters of life and faith. When Celia Coleman's grandmother dies, she must return to the small town she hoped never to see again. Her memories of her grandmother's home and church--and of her own behavior there--are

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Award-winning author Jamie Langston Turner has developed a loyal following of readers with her well-developed characters who realistically struggle with matters of life and faith. When Celia Coleman's grandmother dies, she must return to the small town she hoped never to see again. Her memories of her grandmother's home and church--and of her own behavior there--are not happy ones. The man next door is struggling with guilt over his own past, and Celia wants nothing to do with him. In this masterfully written, inspiring story of reconciliation, both will come to recognize the vastness of God's grace.

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Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441204417
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
459,250
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Jamie Langston Turner, a teacher for 30 years, has written extensively for a variety of periodicals. Her novels have earned both the Angel and Christy awards. Currently a professor of creative writing and poetry at Bob Jones University, Jamie has lived in the South all her life and currently resides with her husband and son in South Carolina.
Jamie Langston Turner, author of seven novels and winner of two Christy Awards, has been a teacher for more than forty years. Currently a professor of creative writing and poetry at Bob Jones University, she lives with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina. Visit www.jamielangstonturner.net

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No Dark Valley 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book I've read by this author. I have yet to figure out what it is about the writting style that grabs you and pulls you into the stories. The books are clean but realistic. I'lll be reading more of these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was MY story-not all of it-but the underlyingtheme-prodigal son and grace. Loved it.
nana7JF More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could nave been written with half the words, very hard to follow the story line-wouldn't recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
TalesOfAPeanut More than 1 year ago
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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BarbaraAnn55 More than 1 year ago
Another compelling read from Jamie Langston Turner.  
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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