Living Separate Lives

Living Separate Lives

by Paulette Harper
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Living Separate Lives 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I choose this book for my book club last month. While most of the members loved it, It left me wondering and asking questions. I felt Paulette Harper could have gave more on several, if not all, of the characters. It was a good story line. Maybe I'm just nosy but I wished the characters were more developed on a personal level. ;) The members were probably happy that this book was a lot shorter than my 400 page pick the month prior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very compact storyline packed into less than 100 pages. A lot to digest in 11 short chapters. The storyline starts off with much detail, down to the clothing descriptions but I felt it lacked 'meat'. So much going on but I feel the story fizzled due to trying to fill so much into so little pages. This book easily could of been longer, sharing more background of the ladies frienships. Spoiler Alert- I was saddened by how the author handles the adultery. Throughout this short book she is quoting scripture, praying, and explaining the power of forgiveness, but not any show of forgiveness to the couple that suffered infidelity. No show of salvaging but straight to divorce. There was compassion for the friend that had a relationship with the husband, but none for a 15 year marriage. Just as the story picks up, it's then 6 months later?? Literally cuts off at the end of that chapter leaving you guessing on how they reconcile. Overall, the story has so much potential but lacked more deeper feelings and content. I felt she had something going with the powerful topics she chose to write about but didn't bring it out enough.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
Living Separate Lives is about four girlfriends that go on a "retreat" but find their special bond ripped apart by lies and deceit. They all have such diverse personalities and backgrounds and, to me, that adds depth to the story. Candace has come from a poor family and lived a hard life because of bad decisions on her part, Kaylan is from a prosperous family and lives a very good life with few worries, Tiffany has a strong mistrust when it comes to men and has a "Diva" attitude and Jordan is married to the man of her dreams and is living what she thinks of as a fairy tale life. This is a short novella that deals with some very heavy issues but the overall theme is forgiveness. Three of the women all have a very strong faith and despite the heartache caused by the remaining character they know they have to forgive and reach out to her in order to honor God. It has a good plot and it if you like Tyler Perry's movie "Why Did I Get Married?" I think you will like Living Separate Lives. It has a Tyler Perry feel to me and who doesn't like Tyler Perry? If you like short reads with strong Christian overtones and depth of story I recommend this book. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and I receive no monetary compensation.
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review I received the book from the author for an honest review. Living separate lives is a book with a definite message. A message that many Christians are not willing to face or live, due to its importance. The author did a great work highlighting this fact through the lives of the four friends and the trail they faced. When God requires obedience, he does not ask if your friends will be all right with it, if they will be offended when doing the right thing. He asks that you will do as He instructs. We all have received grace in the same measure, not one is excluded from this grace. It does not matter the sin. Jesus lived this while on earth, not only in preaching it but also in demonstrating it through His actions. To become the grace of God, that we all needs. The message of the book. Four friends were coming together to reconnect after a long time of separation. Each had different experiences in life, each trying to work it out the best they can with what they have. Yes, they made mistakes. Mistakes are part of growing up, of God’s way to mold us in His image, not to create puppets that all look alike. Each of us has something to bring to His table, and if we allow it, we can learn from each other. When Jordan’s world was rocked, Kaylan and Tiffany did what most would do; they turned their fury towards Candace without listening to her story, listening with the ear of Christ. It cost them to learn valuable lessons from God, lessons that can propel them in their walk with Him. The author gave just enough for you as a reader to search for more answers, to learn the truths and live according to that which are revealed. 
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt novella that displays the sad realities of the world we live in, but through the perspectives of four Christian women at different stages in their faith. I still can't get over how short novellas are and in the case of Living Separate Lives, Harper left the story on a cliff making me wish it was longer! Though I did not have much of a chance to really know Candace, Tiffany, Jordan, and Kaylan in the short time I spent with them, I did get a feel for each of their personalities, struggles, and so forth. Harper does an excellent job of bringing a realistic feel to her characters and their circumstances. As for Harper's writing, at times it felt like we head jumped and the sentences didn't always flow. I can't say much more without giving away a few central points, but I will caution my younger readers. Living Separate Lives deals with adult issues such as infidelity and mention of attempted suicide. I hope there will be a follow up to this novella, because I would read it. I received an ebook copy of this novella in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.