The Someday List (Jubilant Soul Book #1): A Novel

The Someday List (Jubilant Soul Book #1): A Novel

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by Stacy Hawkins Adams
     
 

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Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to

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Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a list of things to do before she dies. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when her ex shows up in town looking very fine and very single, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she'd long buried. Will she give up everything to recover the past? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future?

The Someday List is an honest look at what makes us who we are and what can throw us off track. Author Stacy Hawkins Adams writes with a voice that is fresh, sincere, and completely real. Her characters jump off the page and into her readers' hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441203656
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Jubilant Soul , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
379,739
File size:
401 KB

Meet the Author

Stacy Hawkins Adams is a freelance reporter and inspirational columnist. She is the author of Speak to My Heart, Nothing but the Right Thing, and Watercolored Pearls. She and her husband, Donald, have two young children and live near Richmond, Virginia.
Stacy Hawkins Adams is a writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the author of several novels, including the Essence bestseller The Someday List and Worth a Thousand Words. All of Stacy's novels have been bestsellers in Black Expressions Book Club.

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Someday List, The 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
MYM More than 1 year ago
First book read by this author and I read the entire series. The author kept my attention from start to finish. I really enjoy her style of Christian fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So weird my marriage is in the same place as Rae going through similar struggles. Although I didn't get answers I began thinking why do I feel the way I do from a clear headed perspective I believe the message was from God to me. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book 2 thumbs up. This is the first book I've read from this author and I will definitely read more.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
This is a book that has a lot of edgy topics throughout. It's not very often that so many heavy subjects throw together in one story and work out as well as it did here. There's adultery, alcoholism, and cancer, just to name a few topics. The book blends all these subjects together yet it doesn't feel like it's too heavy to read. The characters are, while not all likable, very realistic and could be someone you knew. This book was very unique that it's a Christian fiction book and involves a woman who has divorced and remarried. Her current husband is distant from her and has been having an affair. Meanwhile Rachelle has reconnected with her first husband who she left for her own selfish reasons even though he did absolutely nothing wrong. It was interesting to see the interactions Rachelle had with the two men. The reader really feels for Rachelle's first husband Troy as opposed to Rachelle's current husband Gabe. Even though he starts trying to redeem himself, it's hard to like him when you learn about the reasons of why Rachelle's first marriage broke up. While it's a Christian fiction book, it is not preachy. You never feel as if a message is being pushed into your face while you're reading. This was the first book that I've read by Stacy Adams and I enjoyed it very much. One thing I found that I liked about this book was that even though this book was by an African American author, I found that I could relate to the story. I do enjoy multi-cultural fiction because I get to learn about other cultures and customs that are not familiar to me. However sometimes it's also nice to just read about characters and just read about them for who they are and focus more on the story. Either way, I definitely will be reading more books by this author as well as the remaining books in this series.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
The Someday List moved me to tears on more than one occasion, but they were not sorrowful tears. They were the kind of tears that make you want to hug your family and show more love. The kind that make you want to ask for forgiveness and offer it to others. Everything about this story was done right. It was hard to put down and I kept wanting to pick it up at every opportunity to read it. I loved the themes, the spiritual lessons and the insight. This story went beyond the warm fuzzies and dug deep into the heart, but yet it made my heart sing, too.

Without giving away any spoilers I just have to say that I really appreciated the author's unique approach to forgiveness in a novel. Like having the characters look each other in the eyes and say what they really think so they can put the past behind them and truly love who they are with. I loved that. This story is honest, heartfelt, and contains flawed characters that make them seem all the more real. I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and could totally relate to the heroine's journey every step of the way.

I highly recommend this book and can't say enough good things about it! I just don't want to give away any pivotal points in my review so you have to check it out for yourself to see what I mean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good and interesting read because the characters go through so much that you have to keep reading to find out what happens. This is a Christian fiction book and I enjoyed the characters paths to God. I would like to read book #2 in this series one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because the ending was so abrupt and left so many questions unanswered I can't give the book a higher rating. The next book is a different family member 6 years in the future so the focus is else where leaving the problems unresolved. I won't be reading the other books in the series because of the authors lack of follow through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you sit back and think about your life..is my life really that bad. Are there things I can change for myself that will make my life better. Overall, a very thought provoking book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story captured my attention and kept it all the way through. Very thought provoking on how we start sliding through our life until God gets our attention!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with the story and the characters. Recomend this book absolutely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
AlltheBuzz More than 1 year ago
Rachelle Covington is living a life most of us can only dream about. But not even the dream home, fancy car and wealthy husband can stave off the feelings of emptiness. These feelings really begin to overwhelm her after she receives a call from a childhood friend with news that makes her push pause on her own life and do some deep self-examination.

Determined not to let her life be more than a shallow, superficial existence that is based mainly on appearance and material possessions, Rachelle returns to her hometown with hopes to gain a clear perspective on every aspect of her life. What she doesn¿t expect is to come face to face with an unresolved issue from her past that, if allowed, could jeopardize everything.

The Someday List is a magnificent literary offering that even the staunchest critic of Christian fiction would enjoy. It is well written, with characters one can easily identify with, a plot that is real and has affected people of every race, creed, color and nationality. And while this novel is Christian fiction, it is in no way ¿preachy.¿ Instead, it speaks to you softly and subtly, just like the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Simply put, The Someday List is a book that greatly benefits everyone who reads it.

Renee Williams
All the Buzz
RhondaMcKnight More than 1 year ago
¿Someday¿ I want to give Stacy Hawkins Adams a big hug for writing this awesome story. While I acknowledge that the Lord inspires Christian Fiction authors, the artist is one who actually toils to bring the work to the pages of a book. Stacy Hawkins Adams efforts were not in vain.

The characters of Rachelle and Gabe Covington, Aunt Irene and Melba, Uncle Charles and Troy all reminded me of people in my own life. They were real family and friends that I loved and rooted for as I turned each and every page. The small, quaint, city of Jubilant was a refreshing change, as so many African-American novels are set in urban cities. I can see why Rachelle made the journey there. It made me want to sell my house and move to place where life felt simpler. Now that¿s good writing.

As a symbol of purpose and destiny, the ¿someday list¿ itself, served the story well. I have a list of goals and I have timelines to complete them. I check my schedule a few times a year to see if I¿m on task. Sometimes I am, sometimes I¿m not, but I am the quintessential list person. However, there was something different about the ¿someday list¿ in this novel, even for a planner like myself. Something I describe as the spiritual fiber that may always exist in our list of to do¿s and to accomplish.

The Someday List made me think about myself and my life. The life lessons were hard to miss. I¿m hard pressed to believe anyone would close its pages and not feel the same way. So I give this book the highest review I can assign, because not only did I enjoy it, I was challenged. In my opinion that¿s the role of literature, to shape our conscious thinking and inspire our actions in a way that also entertains us. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who feels the same.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed readinhg this book. Everybody should make a someday list .
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: The Someday List Author: Stacy Hawkins Adams Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "The Someday List" by Stacy Hawkins Adams... "Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a list of things to do before she dies. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when her ex shows up in town looking very fine and very single, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she'd long buried. Will she give up everything to recover the past? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future? "The Someday List" is an honest look at what makes us who we are and what can throw us off track. Author Stacy Hawkins Adams writes with a voice that is fresh, sincere, and completely real. Her characters jump off the page and into her readers' hearts." What I enjoyed from the read... I found this novel one awesome Christian Fiction read. The characters...Rachelle, Gabe, Aunt Irene, Aunt Melba, Uncle Charles, Troy to name a few were all very interesting people...being well developed, defined, colorful and believable giving this story a worth while read. I found myself really being caught up in the read where I was able to laugh, tear up, liked some of the character, didn't care much of a few other characters but in the end coming to drip with it all...it was a good read. Now, I must say even though it was a good read it wasn't a 'easy read' for me due to the subject content...marriage issues. I loved how this author brought to the reader of a 'Someday List.' It really made me stop and think about my own life long after this riveting read. Be ready for a plot that will have many twist and turns of a read about 'life, faith, relationships, marriage and family.' Would I recommend? YES!
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Well written, very encouraging with a message of hope if willing to accept and change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book. I loved that God's message was do true. A great read. J.... :-@
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realoy shows things can happen in marriages but with God's help you can pull through.
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