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After Anne (Coming Home to Brewster) [Paperback]

By Roxanne Henke (Author)
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Christian fiction novel
Here is the unforgettable story of a friendship between two women....the kind of friendship most women hunger for.

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When Anne Abbot moves to Brewster, Olivia Marsden takes an immediate dislike to the newcomer. Anne's perkiness really rankles, and Olivia finds the open way she talks about her faith very annoying.
Overwhelmed with the prospect of making a good impression in this, her fifth town in eight years of not-so-happy marriage, Anne prays for a deep friendship and finds herself drawn to cool, aloof Olivia.

One day, Olivia faces a family emergency and turns to Anne for help. In one evening, the two become fast friends. The fledgling friendship deepens when Anne is diagnosed with breast cancer. Misunderstandings, the shadow of death, and a beautiful new life play out in the alternating voices of the main characters.

After Anne marks the first of an exceptional new novel series. Readers will be drawn to the intimacy of Libby and Anne's narratives and inspired by their story of friendship, forged by fire and inspired by God.

Item Specifications...

Pages   468
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2002
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736909672  
EAN  9780736909679  

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An amateurishly written, Christian-themed story about a tragedy affected friendship   Jan 14, 2007
Defying the odds, standoffish secular mother of two Olivia Marsden, and pregnant believer Anne Abbot become friends. Drawing on an inner-strength gained through her dealings with life challenges and as a result of Anne's prayers, Olivia experiences a spiritual awakening and accepts Jesus Christ as her personal savior. The story of their relationship is as uninspiring as the personalities of most of the residents of the North Dakota town in which they live.

Examples of Henke's own work reflect the caliber of her writing. Word strings connected by hyphens are used over half a dozen times: wear-a-path-in-the-carpet-regularity, I'm-talking-for-the-baby talk, let's-see-if-this-works reflex, and not-so-easy-to-answer question. Phrases of comparison are unconventional: like cold macaroni and cheese to a kitchen counter top, like a dog getting tossed a pre-chewed bone, like a mechanical dog with a big grin on its face, like writer's Alzheimer's, like a huge rock in a too-small shoe. Sentences are sometimes nonsensical: Jane's cries slit right through my eardrum; Anne's simple question...had made a Pandora's box out of my mind; But there was a melancholy about him that tore at my heart; and My heart continued to beat as if it were a piece of molten lead, hot and heavy, defying any law of science known to man. Selfish people are the norm and can be found everywhere: in a nursing home-a nurse, in the hospital-a doctor, and in Brewster both Olivia (who laments that as a result of accompanying Anne to her treatments, she's neglected her family) and Olivia's friend (who chooses a manicure over the opportunity to help her). The behavior of (cancer-stricken) Anne's relatives is incomprehensible: Her sister criticizes Anne's hairstyle (a wig). Her husband chooses going to work over attending her appointment, saying, "It's probably nothing;" states after learning of the almost certain cancer diagnosis, "Let's not jump to conclusions...You hear about labs screwing up lab tests all the time;" and, when he finally decides to accompany her, acts rudely impatient. Her mother leaves the hospital in the midst of her post-op recovery; checks the cleanliness of her oven upon arriving to care for the newborn during a separate surgical procedure (then dumps the baby at Olivia's when informed about another granddaughter's injury); and when Anne is re-hospitalized, gravely ill, suggests that if she had been more active as a child she might not "have this little sickness."

Bonus features include a (presumptuous) Reader's Guide with a list of prospective book club questions, and several references (as well as an acknowledgement) to Oprah and her talk show. Luckily for her fans, Henke has produced an entire series of books about the self-centered residents of Brewster, which, I can assure you, bear no resemblance to genuine North Dakotans. The memoir, The Horizontal World, of one of those natives, Debra Marquat, provides a more accurate portrayal of life in the most rural state of the lower forty-eight. Higher quality Christian-themed books include: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler

It made me miss my friend  Apr 19, 2006
I review many books as an author and very few end up as "keepers". This one will. The characters, Libby and Anne, were real and the message of friendship beautifully intertwined. I not only fell in love with the characters in this book, but it made me realize that I needed to call a friend, one who is the "Libby" in my life.
After Anne  Jan 7, 2006
I was not a reader and this book kept me up at night because I could not put it down. The author, Roxanne Henke, is above all your expectations and the story she shares will remain in your heart forever!
Beautiful story of friendship  Nov 4, 2005
This story struck a chord with me because it reminds me of my relationship with my best friend, with only one difference - she doesn't have cancer. Anyone that has read this book will tell you that it is worth every tear shed and kleenex used.
A terrific book!  Oct 21, 2005
I loved this book. I hadn't expected to be so moved by it, but
I was... it explores relationships of many kinds (husband-wife,
parents-kids, friend-friend) and the author has many valuable things to say about them. Especially about close women friends, loss, growth, and the beauty and mystery of loving someone.
I cried the last 75 pages... and it was worth every damp Kleenex.

Carolyn Woolston
Felton, California

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