This Fine Life: A Novel

This Fine Life: A Novel

by Eva Marie Everson

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Overview

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
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 551,656
File size: 728 KB

About 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. 94 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.
seizethebook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think one of the reasons that The Help is so popular is that it reminds many of us of our childhoods, especially those of us who grew up in the South. When I was reading it, I remembered some of the people in my hometown who acted just like the main characters. I also recalled statements made similar to the ones in the book. If you missed my review, you can go back and read it. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. So when I began to read This Fine Life, I had the same thoughts of my growing up years. Just like in The Help, this book gave a great sense of what it was like to live in the South in the 60's. I love how Ms. Everson painted such a realistic picture of the life of a new pastor and his wife. I could feel along with the main character, Mariette, the stares and the disapproving attitudes of the people of the small town where they lived. I also cheered when her husband, Thayne, did what he did in the last chapters of the book. Although this book made me smile as well as cry, it is not just an emotional story. It is a story of growth in relationships, and a story of sweet marital romance. One of the best things about the book is that it depicted well the sober reality of how sin affects us, and how God enables us to gain victory over our sins as well as the sins of others. I plan on keeping this book to share with my friends and family. And I encourage you to get a copy and experience for yourself This Fine Life.
tarenn on LibraryThing 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.
DLester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis:This Fine Life by Eva Everson(For review from Revell)Mariette Puttnam had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. Her parents had everything planned out for her. Her mother wanted her marry a wealthy man and her father wanted her to go to college, but in the summer of 1955 Mariette finds her own answer. When she unexpectedly meets a young man named, Thayne Scott, Mariette, begins to feel the stirring of first love. Though her parents forbid her to continue to see Thayne, they cannot stay apart for long and end up eloping.Marriette was brought up in church but had never had a personal relationship with God. Her best friend Missy and now her husband, Thayne both seem to have something that she cannot understand. When Thayne announces that he called to preach and will attend seminary, Mariette is shaken and continues to feel like she is on the outside looking in at faith. Mariette isn't much of a cook, and she isn't what most people expect for a preacher's wife. When Thayne's first assignment lands them in an out of the way town, Mariette soon learns what it means to be watched by everyone. Will Mariette find out what faith in God is all about? Will she ever become what people expect from a preacher's wife? Will she ever find out if she has a fine life?My Thoughts:In this coming of age novel, Eva Everson does a wonderful job of showing her readers what it was like to grow up in the South during this time period. One of the things that I truly enjoyed about the book was how the author was able to make you feel like you had gone back in time to the old diner's with soda jerks and slices of pie. When living in a small town meant you knew everyone and they all knew you. You couldn't get away with anything back in those days, someone inevitably would call your parents and rat you out, LOL...Mariette is a character that I can identify with. She matures so much throughout the book. When we first meet her is just out of boarding school and not at all certain what she wants to do with her life. When she meets Thayne, a mail clerk in her father's factory, it isn't a match her parents would have chosen. But, their love for each wins out. We see first love, and how the first years of marriage are such an eye opener. We go with Mariette and Thayne as the get their first apartment and struggle with money. We see everything that they go through as they become mature adults and find out what a fine life is really all about. The author uses many themes in this novel including, the expectations that others have for us and finding your own faith that is not based on other people.Available May 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.I enjoy the book very much and give it 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Savored every word of this book
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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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