Leave It to Claire

Leave It to Claire

by Tracey Bateman

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Overview

A modern-day single mother creates a to-do list to fix the mess she's made of her life. Will she realize the only way to truly grow is to let go of her own plans and listen to God?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446558969
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 05/30/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 921,927
File size: 609 KB

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Leave It to Claire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Claire is a romance author and a single mom. She has four kids ranging from a teenager to a 6 year old. She has to put up with her ex-husband who cheated on her and his new young wife (not the one he cheated with). Her mom, who's been her backbone for the past few years, decides to leave to be with her brother's family in Texas. The cute neighbor who moves in next door also happens to be Claire's son's teacher plus the worship pastor at church. Plus he seems to like Claire..a lot. Add all these in with unruly kids, carpal tunnel surgery and panic attacks, and Claire's got a lot to learn that she can't do everything all on her own.I really enjoyed this read. It was fun hip mom lit. Almost anyone can identify also with trying to lose a couple of extra pounds, who can turn down hot fresh pizza really? Claire is a character that you both love and get frustrated with at the same time. For me when she had to deal with Rick and Darcy, especially the scenes with the counselor, you really feel for her. I mean imagine having to hear your ex husband say that he never really loved you and he only married you because it was his duty. And plus now he's started a better life with a younger prettier, perfect woman who keeps trying to be your friend when you'd really rather have nothing to do with them. So of course you side with her then. On the other hand, scenes with the way she handles her children made you want to thump Claire on the head. She thinks her kids can do no wrong even when she's presented hard core evidence such as the dirty poems. Thus she does not give them the correct punishments instead choosing to let them off easier. And then she wonders why they don't really listen or respect her? One can learn a lot from Claire and her adventures in this book.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major ConflictsClare is a single mom who can't believe all the trouble her life is bringing her. Her kids are smart-mouthed and distant, her husband seems smug in his new marriage, his new wife wants to be her best friend, Clare's doctor says she needs carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists, and her mother is moving to Texas. Clare's tendancy is to focus on her own problems and shut everyone else out, but some pointed advice from her mother makes her come up with a new game plan. Now Clare is committed to reconnecting with her kids, taking better care of herself, and reignite her relationship with God...but first she has to face a few demons from her past.Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.Clare tells the story in a very cynical angry tone, she is indeed wrapped up in herself and the story does a good job of showing how painful it is for her to change. There is also a very typical romantic element, good looking guy shows up just when she needs help. For the frivolity of the cover it went a little deeper than I expected with her family problems. Claire seemed like a very real "girl next door" character. The ex-wife seemed too good to be real.How Good is it?A nice read for a contemporary women, Claire is easy to relate too.
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Every page of this book was so good. I loved it from the start and it had a great ending
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Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Claire is a romance author and a single mom. She has four kids ranging from a teenager to a 6 year old. She has to put up with her ex-husband who cheated on her and his new young wife (not the one he cheated with). Her mom, who's been her backbone for the past few years, decides to leave to be with her brother's family in Texas. The cute neighbor who moves in next door also happens to be Claire's son's teacher plus the worship pastor at church. Plus he seems to like Claire..a lot. Add all these in with unruly kids, carpal tunnel surgery and panic attacks, and Claire's got a lot to learn that she can't do everything all on her own. I really enjoyed this read. It was fun hip mom lit. Almost anyone can identify also with trying to lose a couple of extra pounds, who can turn down hot fresh pizza really? Claire is a character that you both love and get frustrated with at the same time. For me when she had to deal with Rick and Darcy, especially the scenes with the counselor, you really feel for her. I mean imagine having to hear your ex husband say that he never really loved you and he only married you because it was his duty. And plus now he's started a better life with a younger prettier, perfect woman who keeps trying to be your friend when you'd really rather have nothing to do with them. So of course you side with her then. On the other hand, scenes with the way she handles her children made you want to thump Claire on the head. She thinks her kids can do no wrong even when she's presented hard core evidence such as the dirty poems. Thus she does not give them the correct punishments instead choosing to let them off easier. And then she wonders why they don't really listen or respect her? One can learn a lot from Claire and her adventures in this book.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I found the subject matter of this book intriguing, especially the emotional baggage Claire hauls around, and how it affects her relationship with her children. The anger she held against her 'toad sucking' ex-husband was realistic. I can't imagine the pain of shattered dreams that infidelity brings to the heart of the wounded spouse with children to raise. Sharing Christmas, then being alone while the other parent has the children for the holiday. Ugh! That type of gut-wrenching pain can only be healed through a relationship with Christ, and even then, an ongoing battle for peace would ensue. I found the inner dialogue Claire used to reassure and calm herself as totally hilarious. Some of the one-liners the author came up with were to-die-for funny. I wish I could come up with stuff like that. I found Claire's emotional distancing from her children through her work, and her subsequent honest desire to right things with them, especially emotionally gripping. I felt her pain when the kids either didn't believe she was sincere, or that she only wanted to 'connect' with them because she had nothing better to do. And God bless Darcy. If I were in her shoes I would have lost patience with Claire long ago. Rick is lucky to have someone like Darcy to keep him going. I just hope Rick truly had changed because if he cheated on Darcy I'd have to hurt him. :) I don't understand what Greg sees in Claire, but I suppose because he can't read her thoughts like we can (the readers) he isn't keyed into her true feelings on certain issues. Claire isn't the most likable character because she's bitter, but she does represent many women I know and therefore I want to see her happy. I'm glad there is a continuation of this series. We need more novels about divorced heroines trying to find a new life and peace after such a horrible split occurs in the family. Many people are going through the same thing, and honest stories like this can make a difference in lives of hurting women. They may see themselves through Claire's eyes and realize they need to forgive to truly heal. God bless Tracey for writing something any woman can enjoy. Oh, and the going to food for comfort thing and petty little jealousy issues are just classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Claire touched me on so many different levels. The character is real and quickly becomes a friend, and the reading is more like catching up your Best friend! The plot is fast paced, and just a fun fun read. If you like the intimacy of the 'lit' genre, but are tired of the same old problems in the stories, you owe it to yourself to read Leave it to Claire.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Novelist Claire Everett raises her three children with the help of her mom, but if one asked the kids they would insist their mother is too busy on her books to give them quality time. They believe her ex their father Rick, who married Darcy last year, makes time for the fifteen year old Ari, thirteen years old Tank and ten year old Shawn. --- Claire freaks when her mom informs her that she is moving to Texas to be with her other daughter and grandchildren. During a debilitating panic attack teacher Greg Lewis helps Claire until she can cope again. Not long afterward, Claire undergoes carpal tunnel syndrome surgery that allows her six weeks to realize how she has destroyed her life, neglected her children, and blamed Darcy, who has been kind and caring to her kids. Claire vows to change, but it will take more than a six step plan to succeed. She must learn to trust in people and believe in God if she is to achieve her objective of providing love, warmth and comfort to her children. --- LEAVE IT TO CLAIRE is an intriguing character study that focuses on a working mother balancing between the needs of her three children and her at home job. The problems and expectations from her loved ones while she works at home are deftly handled and very believable. Though Claire believes her stress comes from her children¿s demands, her mother leaving town, her ex-husband and his wife, and her editor, readers know that much is internally-driven. Though some might object that her only chance to straighten out her broken relationships is to find God, everyone will agree this is a well written look at a beleaguered working mom. --- Harriet Klausner