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Claire Knows Best (Claire Everett) (Not Available- [Paperback]

By Bateman Tracey (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2006
ISBN  0446696064  
EAN  9780446696067  

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Claire Everett's life is finally on the right track. She is connecting with her four kids and getting along with her ex-husband and his pregnant wife. She's even attending church regularly. Now that she's dating Greg, the cute widower two doors down, her world should be in order. So how come life has suddenly become such a juggling act? A tornado rips through her roof, forcing Claire and the kids to move. Greg has suddenly decided on a new career, and Claire's not one bit happy with his choice. And adding confusion to the chaos: Van, the local contractor, begins paying Claire too much attention; her teenage daughter's rebellion is creating big challenges; and her writing career is cooling off instead of heating up. When panic attacks threaten to make her a prisoner in her own home, Claire finally breaks down and hires a life coach to help her sort it all out. But is a life coach truly the answer? Can Claire finally let go and admit that it is God directing her steps, or will she try to create her own destiny and insist that CLAIRE KNOWS BEST?

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Tracey Batemanis an award-winning author of more than thirty books including Thirsty. She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.


Tracey Bateman currently resides in the state of Missouri.

Tracey Bateman has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. Westward Hearts

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Tracey Bateman's mom-lit is a hoot, and I can't say enough fabulous things about her Claire series: Leave it to Claire, Claire Knows Best, and I Love Claire.

Single mom Claire Everett's plan for her life is tossed out the window when a tornado rips through her home, crashing her computer, and forcing her family to move. She's dating Greg, the cute widower down the street, but there are mega-problems--her teen daughter's rebellion, her ex-husband's pregnant wife, and her writing career on the skids.

Should she seek the help of a life coach, or does God really know what He's doing with her life? By the end of the book, you'll feel like Claire is your new best friend, ready to join you for pizza and a good chick flick.

-- Christian Women Online Book Buzz
Sometimes it's Mom that knows best  Jan 8, 2007
Claire has now begun to settle down after having it all out with her ex husband and his new wife. She has a great boyfriend, her kids are starting to finally get along well with her and she's finally starting to relax from her panic attacks. Then a tornado hits her house and everything changes for Claire. When Greg invites Claire to move in with his mother for a while, he then drops the bomb on her that he wants to go to seminary to become a full time pastor. Claire can't deal with having to become a pastor's wife so she dumps Greg, and then begins to regret it. In between her relationship issues, she also has to deal with a contractor that dies on her, another that wants to date her, her teenage daughter rebelling big time, her son wanting to become an actor, the retired atheist actor who wants to give him acting lessons, his estranged daughter who Claire wants to reunite with her dad, and her publicist saying that her new book idea will be a flop. But leave it to Claire, who takes all this issues and handles things her own special way.

This was another fun read in the life of Claire. In this book, she's grown up some and isn't as wishy-washy as she was in the first one. She begins to put her foot down involving her children. I'm glad that she finally laid down the law with Ari because she was really starting to rebel and no one was punishing her. I felt though that Claire was being a bit unfair to Greg's decision. I realize that she may have had fears about the idea of what a pastor's wife should be and it would be intimidating. However she just blows him off without telling him the real reason why she's breaking up with him. I also felt that she was a bit paranoid about letting her atheist actor neighbor coach her son. I know she was afraid that he might let his views waver her son's faith, but I honestly felt all the guy wanted to do was just help her son with his acting, and she was making a mountain out of a molehill. I'm glad though that Claire resolved her issues with Darcy who might be a little annoying but is still very friendly. I found it very hilarious when she called the psych student to discuss her problems and the girl was trying to pretend to be twins and Claire caught on and called her out on it. I also liked the bit about Claire's former publicist naming her daughter Anakin Skywalker. As a huge Star Wars fan, this got a big grin from me. I really did enjoy this book. It was a fun and fast read. I'll be looking very forward to reading I Love Claire.
Sequel to Leave it to Claire another success  Sep 29, 2006
Claire Knows Best by Tracey Bateman is the sequel to Leave it to Claire. I love Claire; she's so much like me! After a tornado destroys much her home, Claire has to deal with her boyfriend's decision to become a pastor, her daughter's acting out, her ex-husband's pregnant wife, and she's lost her writing contract. How can you juggle all of that pressure? Claire doesn't, God bless her! She makes mistakes and tries to control everyone and everything around her. Bateman writes Claire with a great deal of honesty, and that makes Claire lovable in spite of regular missteps. While she slips a little, many of the lessons of the previous book remain. Like Claire, I tend to stay within my home and small comfort zone, but Jesus calls us to be His disciples out in the world. Claire learns that as she comforts, she is comforted and that she is capable of far more than she realized.
Claire is BRILLIANT!  Jul 18, 2006
Full of cultural references that made me feel like Claire was my next-door neighbor childhood best-friend, this story is a mom-lit with snappy wit and a lot of heart. Claire is a beautiful example of a woman who blesses the people around her by being herself--goofy, insecure, warm, determined, open about her faith, but also authentic about her doubts.

Claire's Christian faith doesn't magically make her ex-husband easy to like, or her daughter Ari embrace wise choices. Claire wrestles with decisions about her career, her boyfriend, her parenting. But as she muddles through her imperfect life, Claire makes a remarkable difference to those around her. BRAVO! Highly recommended!
I had to read on...and on!  Jul 4, 2006
I don't like present tense writing, and Claire Knows Best is written in present tense. Funny I didn't discover that until page 226 of this 288 page story. Bateman managed to suck me into Claire's world from the first line: "I have a bad habit of laughing at the wrong time." Yeah, don't we all? I had to read on ... and on ... and on. The plot is hilarious, and the characters are some of best I've read--flawed but striving for a foothold. Claire is at odds with everyone, except perhaps her youngest son. Little boys are a mother's blessing. I loved the way Claire held firm with her rebellious daughter, but her thoughts had me laughing out loud as a mother--I've had some of those same thoughts about my own kids.

Bateman reveals a very real woman dealing with life's problems. The plot is not predictable and has enough twists to satisfy any reader. Funny and tender, Claire Knows Best receives a high recommendation from this reviewer. Any writer who can make me forget I'm reading present tense is truly a master! Bravo, Tracey!

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