The Renovation: A Project Restoration Novel

The Renovation: A Project Restoration Novel

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by Terri Kraus

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Ethan Willis has made a career out of restoring old houses like the Carter Mansion so he’s an expert with doors and windows. He knows his way around a toolbox, a construction site, and anything else having to do with rebuilding. If only he could do the same with his own life. Tragically widowed and left with a young son, he’s done the best he could, but


Ethan Willis has made a career out of restoring old houses like the Carter Mansion so he’s an expert with doors and windows. He knows his way around a toolbox, a construction site, and anything else having to do with rebuilding. If only he could do the same with his own life. Tragically widowed and left with a young son, he’s done the best he could, but now that Chase has become a teenager that best somehow isn’t quite good enough.

For his part, Chase doesn’t know what he’d do without baseball, his best friend Elliott and the secret hideaway even his dad doesn’t know about. What he does know is that the reporter lady who suddenly started chatting with his dad can’t be a good thing.

In a small town where everyone knows everything, does an outsider—a young, cute, ambitious reporter-kind-of-outsider like Cameron Dane—even have a prayer of getting to know the handsome but moody builder? Does it matter that they both hold secrets from their pasts? And can Chase ever be freed from the hidden guilt of his mother’s death? Only time, and a special kind of patience, will tell.

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Publishers Weekly

Kraus, an interior designer who has coauthored multiple inspirational novels with her husband, Jim, offers a fairly standard but likable Christian romance in her first solo effort. Ethan Willis is a 40-ish widower in smalltown Franklin, Pa., who builds his life and his living around holding on to the past. As a restorer of Victorian homes, Ethan craves historical accuracy. In his personal life, he cherishes the memory of his beloved wife; he has neither recovered from her tragic death nor discussed it with his young teenage son. Cameron Dane is a pretty young newspaper reporter doing a story on Ethan's current restoration project, with a tragic past of her own. Of course, a newspaper interview leads to lunch, which leads to dinner, and readers will be able to do the math and find everything they expect and nothing they don't. (There's no sex, and there's a simple but sincere conversion story as the characters recover their faith.) Kraus focuses on the theme of forgiveness throughout, with quotes at the beginning of every chapter. Ethan's incessant insistence on historical detail may grate on readers' nerves the way it does his client's, and the comparison between holding on to the past in his work and his life is a bit overdone, but the story is enjoyable and will please Christian romance enthusiasts. (Mar.)

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Cook, David C
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Project Restoration Series
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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After nine co-authored books with her husband Jim, Terri Kraus, has added her award-winning interior designer's eye to her world of fiction. She comes to the Restoration series naturally, having survived the remodel, renovation and restoration of three separate residences. She makes her home in Wheaton, IL, with her husband, son Elliot, schnauzer Rufus and Siberian cat Petey.

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The Renovation: A Project Restoration Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's the difference between renovation and restoration? One tries to come back to how it once was:status quo. The other meets the times head on and adapts to fit the new standard. You see this struggle with the past and the present all through this story of a house reconstruct to peoples' lives:Ethan,his son Chase, and a new person, Cameron struggle with their pasts, and with the help of God, move forward. A nice Christian romance and I will look for the rest ifvthe series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice, easy-to-read, clean Christian romance - great for light reading while at the beach or on the airplane!
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The characters are well developed; the story lets you feel many emotions; and it made me fondly remember the years I spent in the Construction Industry.
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No wonder "to forgive is Divine" - it's so hard to do, but only then can we move forward. Compelling story of forgiveness of ourself and others. Only then can we learn and grow into our true selves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book because there were so many descriptions that seemed pointless. I read the first 80 pages and could not continue.
MaineKoshka More than 1 year ago
Not heavy reading, but a nice beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great Christian fiction book. Great characters!
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soldiermom More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I bought it for the cover because I have wanted to renovate an old Victorian home for many years and had the opportunity to do so. So yes, I judged the book by the cover. Lucky me!! I read the best book I have ever read, and trust me, that's a lot of books. About mid way through the book, I thought how well the story line could incorporate renovating the house as a reflection of how a Christian has the opportunity to renovate their own temple (body/house). I read quite a bit of Christian fiction as you can tell. Then she did it! Terri added the element that I found so foundational (no pun intended). She added Jesus. Talk about refreshing, I was enthralled and amazed at how well she incorporated this aspect. I have just ordered The Renewal and am counting the days until it's arrival. Yes, I paid extra to get it to me quickly. She is a fabulous writer, using wisdom from her life as a decorator, wife, mother, and sister in Christ. I love the book Terri. I do think it should be a series though, a LONG series! More than 1 year ago
The Renewal by Terri Kraus should really be titled: Sweet Renovation or The Master's Healing Touch.

I received the Master's healing touch while reading this story. I was deeply touched by this story and the character's lives. The Renewal is what Inspiration stories are truly all about--renewal, renovation, and restoration. We all have an area in our life that only the Restoring Hand of God can He did in Leslie and Jack's life. Each had a "demon" to overcome. Neither could do it on their own, no matter how hard they tried.

Just what are these "demons" that possess Leslie and Jack? Will they ever truly be rid of these monsters?

Well, if you really want to know, you'll just have to read, The Renewal, to find out.

Did Leslie do the right thing by moving to the town of Butler? Will her great-great-great grandmother's diary and her heritage catch up with Leslie? The two ladies share a common bond. What is it? Can this old diary help heal the evil that plagues Leslie? Leslie's ex comes to town. What is it that he's after?

Entering Jack. Wow, what a hottie. A hottie with a heart wrenching past. Can Leslie trust him? Better yet, can Jack trust himself? And what will happen when and if Leslie discovers his hidden "demon"? Will she shun him, or will she open up her arms to him?

And then there's Mike. Poor tongue-tied Mike. Will he ever win Leslie's heart? Or is it something else that he's after?

Ava, Ava, sweet little Ava, who knows only too well about her mommy's "demon". After all, she's witnessed it enough. Is that why Ava's daddy divorced her mommy?

There's a bully in this story. A class "A", numero uno jerk. One that I would love nothing more than to slap duct tape across his mouth. Just who is this mongrel anyway?

A mystery lurks behind a door that nobody wants to destroy or that nobody seems to be able to open? How come? And just what is so valuable in that room that somebody obviously did everything in their power to keep people from getting into it?

Well, if you would like to know the answer to all of the above questions, then purchase a copy of The Renewal by Terri Kraus. You won't be sorry.

Fabulous job, Terri. You touched on some very sensitive subjects and handled them very well. I'll be forever changed because of this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ethan Willis, a restorer of old homes and a perfectionist, takes pride in his work, but his latest job on the old Carter Mansion is beginning to be a big headache. CeCe Carter seldom agrees with him. His life has not been the same since the murder of his wife many years ago. Now, Chase, his son, is a teenager and feels that his father blames him for his mother¿s death. Cameron Dane, newspaper reporter for the town paper, does a story on Ethan and the restoration of the Carter Mansion. They are attracted to each other, but Cameron has to forgive herself for something that has happened when she was a young child. Chase also needs to be forgiven by his dad, Ethan, before he can move ahead. The Renovation is a great inspirational story. The comparisons of restoring a house and restoring a life became intertwined. The quotes about forgiveness throughout the book give it a depth that makes us realize that without forgiveness there is emptiness in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of authors Jim and Terri Kraus, this book by Terri writing solo certainly lives up to the great quality of fiction I've come to expect. Wonderfully moving story, memorable characters, fine writing style. I'm recommending it to all my friends--especially those in need of the message of forgiveness, the theme of this book, which is so well-done without being 'preachy'. And as an avid HGTV viewer, I loved the unique setting/tie-in to the renovation of historic houses. This thoroughly enjoyable book could only have been written so authentically by someone intimately familiar with the whole restoration process. The next two books in the series can't come fast enough for me! Would make an excellent choice for a book club.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! The characters were very real and likable, especially Chase, the teenage son of Ethan. Unlike many books that portray some ideal teenager, Chase¿s character was very believable and true to how a teenager really thinks and acts. Also, the secrets of both Chase and Cameron were intriguing and kept me avidly reading to find out what would happen next. Kraus handles it perfectly, leaving the readers curious, but gives hints and clues along the way to keep the reader absolutely captivated. Kraus¿ knowledge of architecture and interior design added to the storyline immaculately. Definitely read this one!
lighthousequilter More than 1 year ago
This was a very delightful story. It was a good blend of finding yourself, finding God, and a nice romance. The characters were people you can relate to and were well written. I enjoyed this book a great deal and have started reading other books by this author and think she is one of my new favorites!