Widow, Virgin, Whore

Widow, Virgin, Whore

by Deanna Lynn Sletten
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Widow, Virgin, Whore by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Nook Bestselling Novel ~ #28 Nook Store Overall (March 2014)

Three very different women-one house-one devastating diagnosis.

When recently widowed Katherine Samuals purchases a home to share with her son, Christopher, and best friend, Denise Richards, the last thing she expects is to include Denise's outrageous sister, Darla Richards, into the household. But Katherine agrees because she adores Darla's daughter, Chelsea, and feels this is a good opportunity to give the young teen a real home.

Living with Darla is not easy. She parties too much, sleeps around, and speaks her mind without apology. To conservative Katherine and shy Denise, Darla's behavior is intolerable. Then, Darla is diagnosed with AIDS, and the household is turned upside-down. Katherine finds herself thrown into Darla's life, first as her caregiver, then as her companion as she explores the devastating lives of AIDS sufferers. Katherine's fledgling writing career flourishes as she shares the experiences of Darla's AIDS group in newspaper articles across the country. And Denise finds true love for the first time, but struggles with the inappropriate timing of her personal happiness. Surprisingly, Darla also finds love-real love-in a time when she needs it the most.

As the household struggles with the stress of living with a terminal illness, Katherine, Denise, and Darla learn just how strong their bond of friendship, and sisterhood, is.

If you are a sister or best friend, you will love this story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148702726
Publisher: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Publication date: 09/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 314
Sales rank: 696,156
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of MAGGIE’S TURN, FINDING LIBBIE, ONE WRONG TURN, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women’s fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after, and her novels reflect that. Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd, traveling, and relaxing on the lake.

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Widow, Virgin, Whore 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was the first of Deanna's I have read and will definitely read more! This was a great story and the characters came alive on the pages. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful love story - not in the usual sense, however still a wonderful love story! I think the author did a remarkable job with a sensitive topic. Great read!!
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Jan_Romes More than 1 year ago
The title, WIDOW, VIRGIN, WHORE drew me in. Followed by the great cover! What an amazing book it turned out to be :-) The story is the journey of a woman who is diagnosed with HIV positive/AIDS, but it becomes so much more!! It's an incredible tale of family, friendship and how something so horrific can bring out the best (and worst) in people. Ms. Sletten took a sensitive subject and told it in a way that I understood the disease, the pain and the joy. (Yes, joy! You will have to read it to find out what I mean since I don't want to give spoiler alerts)The characters are realistic. I loved Darla, but I also wanted to wring her neck a few times. Katherine is an exceptional woman with the strength of Job. She's loveable in all the scenes, but one in particular will win your admiration. Denise has lots of action/reaction to the things Darla does, so it took me longer to love her character, but I believe that was how the author wanted it to play out.This book is rich with emotion and I'm glad I read it. I definitely be reading more books by Deanna Sletten!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Review by: Teresa Cox 5/01/02 Widow, Virgin, Whore By Deanna Lynn Sletten ISBN: 0738860123 Widow, Virgin, Whore is obviously the novel's title, but it is also how author Deanna Lynn Sletten describes the three main characters of her novel. Katherine (the widow) finds the house of her dreams, a Victorian that overlooks Puget Sound. Denise (the virgin) decides that she will move in with Katherine, her best friend since childhood. Denise asks Katherine to rent the space over the garage to Denise¿s sister Darla (the whore) and Darla¿s 12 year old daughter Chelsea. Katherine reluctantly agrees. She knows that she and Darla have always hated each other and yet she hears Denise¿s plea for a stable home for Chelsea. Katherine knows that Chelsea has moved as often as Darla has and has had male companions and that seems to have been quite a few times. Katherine also feels that Chelsea will be a good companion for her own son Chris who is also 12 years old. Everyone moves into the new house and so the life of the novel begins. Darla is painted as an uncaring, irresponsible mom who wears red lipstick, wild silver shoes, and parties in bars, sleeping with a different man nightly. Katherine and Denise spend a great deal of time pointing out Darla¿s less-acceptable features and Darla continues to anger them uncaringly while they all share the same space. This cycle grows vicious until Darla falls victim to the AIDS virus. From this point forward, the three unique women go through anger, frustration, and pain while finding peace and closeness within themselves and among each other. About halfway through the book the reader gets a broadened view of the realities of living with AIDS and how it effects the lives of those who have the virus as well as all of the people who touch their lives in even the slightest way. This novel seeks to raise the consciousness and expand the awareness of the impact of the AIDS virus in our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first book by author Deanna Lynn Sletten is a heartwarming tale of friendship and sisterhood. It's a great book for women ages 20 to 50, especially reminding us 30 somethings about how wonderful long-time friendships can be. When Katherine takes into her household the outragous sister (Darla) of her best friend, Denise, she knows it's a prescription for disaster. And Darla doesn't disappoint her, setting out immediately doing things that outrage conservative Katherine and quiet Denise. But when Darla is diagnosed with AIDS, the household rallies, and the bond between Katherine and Darla begins to grow. Katherine, a newspaper reporter, becomes intwined in Darla's life as she chronicles Darla's experiences with AIDS. The friendships they make, the experiences they encounter are what make this book memorable. You find it is hard in the end to hate the crazy Darla - no matter what she does! If you were ever a sister, or best friend, you will love this book.