Liz Davis's carefully constructed world-and her engagement to Jeffrey Scott-have already begun to crumble when an unexpected phone call summons Liz to her mother's side in Florence, Italy.
Together again, Mary and Liz strive to resolve the turmoil between them and the men they love.
Does the very thing their hearts long for most await them in the fabled hills of Tuscany?
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Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major ConflictsLiz Davis has enough on her plate. She is planning her wedding to dream fiance Jeffrey, overseeing the family business in Omaha, and trying to keep track of her mother in Paris. So when said mother has an accident, her wedding plans self-destruct, she starts having problems with Jeffrey, and a long-time family secret is uncovered it is almost more than she can take. Fortunately she has some good people and the Lord to help her.Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.I loved the characters of Liz and her mother, they seemed very real. The author did a great job of portraying Liz's journey, she seemed so normal in her reactions to the Christians around her. Her lifestyle choices weren't shied away from, but weren't graphically portrayed either. The colorful characaters of her mom's boyfriends were fun, maybe not realistic, but fun. The guys in this book all seem too good to be true! The twist with the family secret also added a nice bit of intrigue.How Good is it?I enjoyed it very much, experiencing a "non-christian" in a Christian novel seemed like a refreshing change of pace.
This book is a sequel to [book: A Garden in Paris] and it could be read without the prequel, but I do not suggest it because you would miss a lot of character growth from the first book. I must admit that I really enjoyed the first novel better, but I did enjoy this one greatly as well. Here you have some characters that you have grown to love struggling through life's problems and learning how things will not always turn out how you once thought, but they will turn out fine if you leave God in charge.
I thought this sequel was pretty good. It wasn't as good as A Garden in Paris, mostly beacause you're stuck in omaha most of the time. I really felt like I was responding to the characters, in a way that the author wanted me too. It was a little more preachy than the first one, but not even close to annoying (like Karen Kingsbury). I wanted to slap Liz, I though Jeff and his fgamily was pretty cool, and I love Mary. She is so sweet and I love how the author wrote in her torn feelings about two male characters. There wasn't as much of Tuscany as I expected and hoped for, it's mostly towards the end. and the end is what shook me the hardest. What Liz put Jeff through with her pregnancy just was so hard. I like Mary's choice two, and who she ends up marrying. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The authors writing style seems so effortless and smooth, it isn't choppy or wordy, but it flows and absorbs you into a book. Thats the kind of writing I haven't read since The Thirteenth Tale. Anyway, read this. I think anyone will love it.
This sequel is a real dissapointment. Whitson spends 50% of the story thumping you on the head with the bible.