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A Garden to Keep (The Derby Series #4) [Paperback]

By Jamie Turner (Author)
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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.74" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2008
ISBN  0764202995  
EAN  9780764202995  

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When Abby Landis comes to faith, she never dreams that her first trial will strike at the very heart of her existence. Suddenly alone and looking for the point where her husband's betrayal began, Abby is caught off guard by the realization of her own past failures. Will her new honesty be enough to restore love to a marriage in shambles?

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jamie Langston Turner is the award-winning author of seven novels, including "Sometimes a Light Surprises," "Winter Birds," and "Some Wildflower in my Heart," and has been a teacher for more than forty years. She is currently a professor of poetry and creative writing at Bob Jones University. Jamie lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband.

Jamie Langston Turner currently resides in the state of South Carolina.

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4 1/2 stars. Poetic prose  Aug 5, 2004
I truly felt moved by this novel. The language of the novel is rich and evocative and the book to me wasn't long, but complex. Don't read this if you don't want a longer novel you can involve yourself with. Too many novels now skimp on details and this one is a wonderful, brave exception to the rule. If you want to immerse yourself in the story of one woman's road to recovery from heartbreak and her move into life, then you will like this.

Yes, Langston Turner is verbose writer but it is all in keeping with the character, a woman seeking answers from God, from her conscience and who is flawed but learning. Elizabeth's conversion, her marriage, her role as Mother and teacher are all covered with depth. I like that Elizabeth is a mature woman learnign to rectify her mistakes and opening herself up to different experiences. I also loved that this book is about POETRY. While I don't go around quoting poems frequently, I am the kind of person who loves them deeply and could relate to how Elizabeth uses words to shape her life. I've never before read a 'Christian' novel but the artistry of ths novel convinced me that it is possible to send out that message in the modern world and also write something literary.
So good I read it twice  May 1, 2004
I bought this book on a fluke from the used book section figuring if nothing else, it would make nice bookshelf filler. It is now one of my favorite all-time books.
For one thing, I like the fact that the protaganist is nearly 50, and is still creative, intelligent, and witty in a quiet way. I feel it is very rare to see vibrant characters over the age of 35. A lot of books, both Christian and secular, focus on building a character's value through her good looks or sitcom- wit. Reading through Elizabeth's eyes made me really crave art and music. I enjoy the way Turner puts words together. When she spoke of a poem "flying," or words "shimmering," I had an urge to go read some poetry. Love of art wasn't the main point of the book, but it was a nice little bonus.
I also enjoyed this book because it included such a varied menagerie of characters. I liked reading about her matter-of-fact lawyer daughter just as much as I enjoyed reading about her funky accross-the-street neighbor.
Though Turner endows Elizabeth with a great deal of depth, it is irritating that she meanders so much throughout the novel. The highly developed character development an insightful storytelling made that forgivable for me, but the rambling may get on some people's nerves.
I am glad that Elizabeth spent some time reviewing her own mistakes. She was a woman who had been sorely betrayed, but she also let God show her where she had made mistakes. The most fascinating part of the story was going with the main character as she learned new things about herself.
I am very glad I got this book, and plan on reading more of Turner's novels.
A good read  Mar 23, 2003
The book does ramble, but I enjoyed the ramblings. I didn't like all the characters necessarily or even understand why some were part of the story. However, it was an enjoyable book and she uses some great imagery.
Rambling and Uneventful  Feb 27, 2003
I have never read another book of JLT's. I don't normally finish a book if it hasn't caught my interest within the first few chapters, but I decided to give this one more of a chance since it won the Christie Award. I truly wish I hadn't wasted my time. In the words of the first reviewer, it was "a long, rambling first-person account". This was the LONGEST book I have ever read. It just seemed to never end. And, the poetry excerpts and long-winded accounts made the story seem to drag on even more. I don't know too many people who want to read about poetry when they are reading a book of fiction.

The plot overall, was a good one. It just could have been over in ten pages, versus 350.

A Sure Winner  Oct 22, 2002
This book recently won a "Christie Award" in Christian fiction for contemporary fiction. It concerns a middle-aged woman who comes to faith in Christ and learns on the same day that her marriage is in trouble.

Turner takes literary risks, here, in writing a long, rambling first-person account of a woman dealing with betrayal as she's also learning to trust in Christ. The does, indeed, drag in parts and the protagonist is frequently sidetracked by bunny trails and poetic thoughts, however it's good to see a writer, and especially Turner, going beyond the standard cliches used by so many other authors.

Highly recommended!!!


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