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In the sequel to her first book, Searching for Spice, Megan has written a book that will touch the heart of any mother. Whether you are a new mom filled with dreams of your child's future, a middle mom struggling through the turbulent teen years, or an empty-nester, there is something for you in this book. With skill, heart, and humor, Megan took us back into the life of Linda Revere as her nest is emptying.
Linda has always held high hopes for her children's futures and trusts every prayer prayed for them will come to fruition. So, when her son, Nick, begins dating a young woman who isn't exactly what Linda expected, Linda's well-ordered life gets a little challenged. Her widowed father-in-law begins a new relationship, her best friend announces a move across the country, and her daughter prepares to go to college in the fall. Linda feels the fabric of her life unravel. The harder she tries to control the world and events around her, the less control she actually has. It is not until she realizes everything is out of her hands that she can see the joy before her in life as it changes.
This is a tender story of love and trial and children growing up. Megan has a keen grasp on the differences between sons and daughters and the ways they relate to their parents. You will find yourself agreeing and disagreeing with each of the characters. And within the pages you will find the beauty of a family that loves each other and God and works through everything together. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. If you haven't read Searching for Spice I recommend it. However, Out of Her Hands stands alone and will be enjoyed even without reading book one.
Posted February 4, 2009
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Every now and then a book comes along that speaks to you long after it's been read. Out of Her Hands is just such a book. That's why I'm awarding it "The Best of 2008." Megan DiMaria is such a gifted writer, as I began reading it, I actually wondered if she based it on my life.<BR/><BR/>Don't let the cover fool you into thinking its fluff. Linda Revere deals with the tough midlife issues we all have to deal with like an unexpected pregnancy, a best friend moving away, problems with her adult children and her widowed father-in-law dating.<BR/><BR/>Megan's realistic characters draw me in and her detailed descriptions make me feel like I'm visiting their home. Too cold to go out? Grab this book and go stay with the Revere's for a while. You'll be glad you did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 27, 2008
I'm best friends with Linda Revere. Wait...that's not right. I AM Linda. No, that's not right either. Hmmm. Actually, Linda is the main character in Megan DiMaria's latest book, and I'm confused because Linda seems so real. She has a fast-paced job and family life. She's full of faith and doubt--simultaneously. She turns things over to God (and then takes them back again).<BR/><BR/>In this book, the second in a series, Linda discovers that control is fleeting. Her son begins dating a less-than-perfect girl, her widowed father-in-law finds new love, and her best friend (not me) is moving away. Nothing is as it should be. Or so it seems.<BR/><BR/>But Linda soon learns that life, while imperfect, is out of her hands--and right on time. There is, indeed, a time for all seasons. We might as well relax and enjoy. Even though much in life is out of our hands, there is much to anticipate and be thankful for. Thanks to Megan DiMaria for illustrating it so well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2008
OUT OF HER HANDS, by Megan DiMaria<BR/><BR/>Reviewed by Marion Kelley Bullock<BR/><BR/>Remember Searching for Spice, by Megan DeMaria? Ever wonder what became of Linda Revere, her dreamy husband (she wishes) and her son and daughter? Wonder no more. In Out of Her Hands, Linda¿s grown children are making their own life choices. Linda wants only the best for them and that¿s what she expects. She has prayed for their future spouses for years. So it¿s a shock when her son brings home the girl he declares he loves¿a girl Linda would never have chosen for him¿not in a million years.<BR/><BR/>Shock waves continue to slam Linda throughout the book as she deals with her challenging job, her beloved widowed father-in-law, and her splintering family life. How does she manage when she realizes it¿s all out of her hands?<BR/><BR/>I enjoyed this book so much, partly because, while it¿s a stand alone, just as is Searching for Spice, it continues the story of these characters with whom I¿ve become acquainted. Megan doesn¿t pull any punches. She tells it like it is, showing us a true-to-life family with real problems, joys and sorrows. Go out and get it and see for yourself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2008
I enjoyed this book! As a mother of two--coincidently, one son and one daughter who are both grown and gone "children"--I quickly connected to Linda, the protagonist. Written in first person narrative, Linda is a working mom with a full plate. Her son and daughter are still living at home, but they are one inch away from flying off and leaving her with an empty nest.<BR/><BR/>It seems we moms just come into our stride with child rearing, and right before we think our job is finished, our children decide for us! They're grown-ups, making mature decisions. Will Linda's resolve to trust the job that she, her husband, and God have done with these two ready-to-fly fledgling birds remain firm?<BR/><BR/>There are some twists and turns that compelled me to read straight to the end. Caution: I used a couple of tissues.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2008
I enjoyed the first book in this series and I was looking forward to this sequel very much. It totally did not disappoint. The writing is such that it draws you right into the story, sucks you up, and won't let you go. I finished it in a day because it was that good! I think what I liked best about this story, is that the family is not perfect. Even though they strive to be a good Christian family, they obviously have a lot of faults and they know this. While I enjoyed this story very much, there were some things I still did not like about Linda. Maybe it's because I'm not a mom and I don't have a connections with kids, but I always feel bad for girlfriends of the only son in the family. I always feel that in books, the moms never think anyone is good enough and want to drive all girls away from their baby boy. The funny part is that Linda herself knew she was acting in the wrong a lot of times. She knew that she shouldn't act in certain ways yet she kept messing up. Therefore I couldn't chide her too much because she was acting in a realistic way. However I was hoping that we would hear more from Carol as her dramatic turn around in the first book was never explained. Unfortunately, even though in this book she and Linda appear to be friends, she's still very bossy and demanding. I did not like the way she took advantage of Linda's friendship in order to meet her own needs. I do not like customers who behave in that way especially when they won't talk to boss and then try to bribe them to get their way. However the Revere family acts like a real life example, one that you would find down the street from you. They have their ups and downs, their joys and problems. It may sound cliche to say that through it all they stick together but they truly do, with realistic results. I am looking forward to another Linda Revere adventure. This family keeps me wanting to come back for more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Out of Her Hands is a wonderful read written by Megan DiMaria. We are back with the Revere family, and Linda learns that just when she thinks the hardest part of parenting is behind her she and her husband are about to learn otherwise. Although Out of Her Hands is a work of fiction, as I read this book a truth resonated within my spirit and confirmed something that I¿m still learning: God always has lessons for us to learn if our ears are open to hear and receive His wisdom.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2008
I read her first book, Searching for Spice, and loved it. Out Of Her Hands is equally as enjoyable. I read it in just a couple days. Megan manages to put a creative and entertaining twist on every day life. I loved the playful banter between her and Jerry (hubby) and how they understand each other so easily after thirty-some years of marriage. Inspiring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2008
Never a dull moment for Linda Revere. Challenging clients and coworkers spring up from every side on the job at an upscale photography studio. Her family still grieves for the recent loss of her mother-in-law, while trying to help her father-in-law recover. Her daughter, a high school senior, struggles with college applications, and her usually warm and open son becomes suddenly prickly and reclusive. When she discovers the reason-- a stunning beauty with 'wrong girl' written all over her-- Linda is only sure of one thing: she doesn't like it one bit. Then her best friend and confidante drops another bombshell and announces she's moving across country. How will Linda manage it all? Filled with warmth and humor, this is a story of the daily struggles any mom can identify with. The characters are warm and wholesome. The themes of family loyalty and standing strong in the midst of trials resonate with any family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2008
In the Denver area, Linda Revere thanks God for her faithful husband Jerry and their two children, high school cheerleader Emma and college student Nick. She also has prayed for a decade plus that her two kids bring home proper spouses i.e. devout Christians.-------------- However her prayer for a daughter-in-law in her image goes unanswered when Nick becomes engaged to Amber Webber, who is not even a Christian. He reluctantly introduces his fiancée to his parents and sister expecting a cold reception to his girl from his mom. While Linda struggles with that bombshell, she also finds her promotion at Dream Photography overwhelming her. Meanwhile Linda also tries to be there for her recently widowed father-in-law. However as her stress mounts she fears no one not even God is there for her.------------- With a nod to Kahil Gibran¿s The Prophet, OUT OF HER HANDS is a wonderful inspirational look at family relationships as Linda and Jerry want the best for their offspring, but to mom that includes a good Christian. Linda feels Nick is making an unacceptable choice, but her belief is driving her son away. Although the problems at work seem unnecessary except to perhaps add to mom¿s stress level, fans will enjoy this entertaining insightful look at acceptance and tolerance as God would expect of all his children.-------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2008
In Megan DiMaria¿s Out of Her Hands, spunky Linda Revere is once again juggling work, family, and changing life stages. This time around, Linda¿s losing sleep over her son¿s altered behavior. When he brings an ice queen home to meet the parents, Linda finds herself struggling to accept his choice let alone embrace the relationship. With her daughter¿s graduation nearing and her father-in-law dating again, Linda struggles to hold on to her scattering family. But the tighter she clings to her dreams for her family, the more they slip away. Megan DiMaria writes with grace and texture, turning the familiar struggles of womanhood into intimate explorations of weakness, trust, and love. The Revere family¿s trials and Linda¿s honest reactions make for a compelling and authentic story. This book is the perfect accompaniment for a quiet afternoon and a cup of orange spice tea.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2008
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