This Fine Life: A Novel

This Fine Life: A Novel

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by Eva Marie Everson
     
 

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It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. When she returns to her privileged life at home, she isn't sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that the answer is waiting for her within the narrow stairwell of her father's apparel factory, exactly between the

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It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. When she returns to her privileged life at home, she isn't sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that the answer is waiting for her within the narrow stairwell of her father's apparel factory, exactly between the third and fourth floors?
In this unique and tender story of an unlikely romance, popular author Eva Marie Everson takes readers on a journey through the heart of a young woman bound for the unknown. Readers will experience the joys of new love, the perseverance of true friendship, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from a truly fine life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441211811
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
293,110
File size:
728 KB

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Meet the Author

Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker, a popular radio personality, and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken. She is coauthor of The Potluck Club series and The Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Casselberry, Florida.
Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, and Chasing Sunsets. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club books and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.

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This Fine Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Carlybird More than 1 year ago
The description on the back cover of this book is pretty vague, so I really had no idea what to expect or where this story would go. I really liked that about this book because watching this story unfold page by page was so much more enjoyable than knowing the whole story ahead of time. And what a wonderful story this is! I want to keep my review of This Fine Life vague just as the publisher did on the back cover because I think part of the joy of reading this story is not knowing where God will take Mariette next or how he will work in her life. I think one of the things I liked so much about this book is the fact that I could relate to Mariette in so many ways. She is so real and I think a lot of readers will see themselves in her. I got a great deal of comfort from that. I also got a great deal of comfort from Mariette's friend Missy. We all need a friend like her. There were so many other wonderful characters and personalities in this story. I just loved the overall feel of this book. I don't usually care whether a story is told in the first person or the third person, but I am really glad this story is told in the first person. This story being told from Mariette's perspective made it even more intimate, emotional, and real. It just would not have been the same written any other way. I really loved This Fine Life. I just can't say enough good things about this book. There was nothing I did not like. There was not a moment of boredom. The story was never slow. The characters were wonderful. The setting was beautiful. I just loved it! I highly recommend it to anyone. It will definitely go on my favorite books shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet story of young love and the Lord's drawing them close to Him. Passionate yet clean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Believable characters, heartwarming story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others. I loved how real the characters actions and interactions with one another seemed, everything felt genuine and not forced.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not my first read by this author, but definitely the best read. I loved the story and its characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. Some of the things that happened were a little out there but overall it was ok. If only bn would do something to these obnoxious plot spoilers who persist in ruining a book by telling every little detail. It should not be allowed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are easy to relate to and the story hooks the reader quickly. Set in the late 50s you can see the struggle a young woman faces between following her own path in life while respecting her upbringing and appreciating where she came from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely book, characters you love, wow will be reading more by this author
Debra Buckner More than 1 year ago
Good Story would give this 4 stars
Jennifer Bruschetto More than 1 year ago
As stated by others, this was an easy read. I couldn't put it down! A beautiful story about how the Lord leads you in unexpected ways to blessings greater then you could have ever imagined for yourself.
simshareka More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end. Very easy read.
Laura Rolader More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel's twists and turns. Not too racey but just enough romance. Definate good read.
CassWessel More than 1 year ago
"This Fine Life" by Eva Marie Everson Revell, A Division of Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan ©2010 Born into priviledge and educated in a private girls school, Mariette Puttnam faced an uncertain future. In 1959 girls were culturally expected to marry finding fulfillment by boosting their husband's careers. Only a few went to college and those that did usually finished with a Mrs. before their name, not a M.A. after it. Thus when Mariette's father suggested she go to college, her social climbing mother balked. Their disagreement threw the young graduate into a quandary until a chance meeting changed everything. Written in the first person like a diary, "This Fine Life" conveys the challenges Mariette and her loved ones faced. Throughout, she searched for deeper meaning in life, struggled to find faith, became baffled by circumstance, but responded with love, trust and faithfulness. All the while, she wondered where God figured into everything. Her answer came in a climatic roadside event. Eva Marie Everson has written a compelling, page turner that delves into some of the harder issues of life. While it began somewhat slowly, the pace picked up as the plot unfolded. Do not toss this one into the library sale barrel. This book was well worth the read.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THIS FINE LIFE by Eva Marie Everson is an Inspirational Contemporary Fiction set in the 1960's thru the 1970's in the South. It is a great Southern novel. It is well written and written in the first person. It gives us insight into the life of a pastor, wife and family during his first ministry. It is a tender story of growing up and facing reality.The characters are easy to follow, you will feel their lose and their triumphs. It has tragedy, joys, struggles, trials, and Christian values. It starts out a little slow but picks up by the second chapter. This book was received for review and details can be found at Revell and My Book Addiction and More.
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:-) saving, to read again someday
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book cover to cover in one day. I'd read others she'd written, but this was so different and so lovely. A girl who always felt like she was on the outside looking in becomes a pastor's wife and discovers she's part of God's family. Funny, heartwarming and faith filled, you just might find yourself crying and laughing while reading this. Great sweet story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book although a bit draggy at times.
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