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What She Left for Me [Paperback]

By Tracie Peterson (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.62" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2005
ISBN  0764227769  
EAN  9780764227769  

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Perhaps she was naïve. Perhaps she was too trusting. But after her husband's betrayal, Jana McGuire is left with only one choice: to humbly seek refuge with a mother she barely knows.

Jana longs to understand and connect with her mother. But Eleanor has firmly shut the door on the past, allowing admittance to no one. As the heartache of Jana?s situation heightens, her need for her mother compels her to seek out the truth of that past. But will Jana?s search bring back a pain that was better left alone?

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More About Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at

Tracie Peterson currently resides in the state of Missouri.

Tracie Peterson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 50 States of Love
  2. Alaskan Quest
  3. Bridal Veil Island
  4. Brides of Seattle
  5. Broadmoor Legacy
  6. Heirs of Montana
  7. Ladies of Liberty
  8. Land of Shining Water
  9. Land of the Lone Star (Audio)
  10. Land of the Lone Star (Paperback)
  11. Lights of Lowell
  12. Lone Star Brides
  13. Ribbons of Steel
  14. Ribbons West
  15. Sapphire Brides
  16. Song of Alaska
  17. Striking a Match

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Help me understand  Mar 6, 2006
I read this book and loved it. I now understand a family memeber better who was sexually abused by their father. I am going to give it to her to read as well. Maybe she can find some forgiveness in her heart for herself not her abuser.

As a Christian, I find it refreshing to read a book with a Christian perspective and not a wordly response.
not the best from tracie but still good  Feb 9, 2006
What She Left for Me by Tracie Peterson is a book that deals with themes of adultery, rape, incest, and child abuse. Tracie gives a warning at the beginning of her book mentioning that parents should first make sure the book is okay for their teenagers to read. Because I am 19 and was able to handle this book, I'm not sure the typical 13-14 year old would be able to. She does not make things graphic like other authors to, but it is implied that inappropriate things are happening.

The books starts off with 26 year old Jana McGuire coming home from Africa from a missions trip. Excited to tell her pastor husband that she is pregnant with their first child, she comes home to a airport with no one there to greet her. Once home, she finds a note from her husband saying that he has fallen in love with his secretary and that he wants a divorce. He withdraws all their money--leaving her penniless, and even takes her family heirloom jewerly. Jana with no one to turn to calls the mother she barley knows and asks if she may move in with her and her great-aunt Taffy. Her mother, Eleanor however is very reluctant with the move-in. Eleanor has secrets from the past that she is trying to hide, a past she just wishes would go away and disappear. Jana, however wants to know those secrets and find out truly who her father is, who she really is, and how her past has affected the choices she has made. Will these woman ever truly be set free from the past secrets and lies that bond them?

This is not the best from Tracie. Not very rich in detail compared to her wonderful Heirs of Montana series and other past works she has done. Neitherless it was still a good read. The book has TONS of dialogue between the three main characters (Jana, Eleanor, and Taffy). Sometimes the dialogue gets so repetive though you just want the main plot to move forward--I kept looking ahead to find out what happens. I still enjoyed it, but it wouldn't be something I would read again. If you want a REALLY good book about family secrets and lies told read Lynn Austin's "Eve's Daughter's".
Draws you in-- you won't want to put it down!  Jan 10, 2006
This is an excellent book! From the opening pages to the close of the book, I was constantly wondering what was to come and did not want to put the book down! Tracie (respectfully) writes about some very sensitive issues that some women (Christian or not!) may face in their lives, but that must be dealt with in order to overcome the past and move forward to have a healthy future. While it may be difficult for some to read, the message of confronting your past and forgiveness is powerful and necessary.

This is definitely a book for adults and merits the authors warning in the foreward of the book.
Deep content  Dec 9, 2005
This book has some really deep issues in it. Women are forced to find redemption and forgiveness to be able to move on with their lives.
I do have to admit: I skimmed over quite a bit of it. There are repetitive, long (page after page) dialogues between the women. The content of these conversations is good, it just got a little old and tiresome to read the banter back and forth, back and forth.....
Lame  Oct 31, 2005
Jana McGuire is a 24 year old woman married for 2 years to a 36 year old pastor in Spokane. He encourages her to go to Africa on a mission with a few other women. Upon her arrival home, this wonderful man of God has left Jana a curt note telling her he's left her for his church secretary, and by the way, whatever is left in the parsonage (not much), she's welcome to. Rob lied and told the church elders that the break-up was all Jana's idea. He's cleaned out the checking and savings account ($6,000 in savings isn't meager to some)and also stolen her family heirloom jewelry which her great-aunt gave her. And by the way, she's just found out she's pregnant.

The elders tell Jana a new pastor is moving in, therefore, she must get out. She nets $1,500 in the sale of the leftover household items, plus the church gives her some money, but Jana never considers getting her own apartment and a job. Oh no. Since she can't take care of herself and her coming child (I mean, no single woman could, could they?) she must move in with her rich aunt and mean, cold mother in Montana. Her mother also has plenty of money. There's just no other alternative. Jana is an absolutely helpless, unindependent woman, unprepared to bring a child into the world.

Her happy-go-lucky great-aunt Taffy gives Jana money and a room in her huge house. Everybody drinks tea, wears red or burgundy blouses, works in the garden, etc. Quite cozy. There's a lot of talk about "Why did God allow this to happen to me?" A pastor in her new town offers to answer the question, but instead backpedals, and tells her to trust in Jesus. Her mom Eleanor had a different sort of upbringing with her flower children parents living in communes, but they were mostly interested in drugs, not taking care of their kids. To avoid hurt, she didn't get close to Jana. Eleanor also mooched off the rich Taffy and her politician hubby, then started her own bookstore in NY, which she manages over the telephone from MT.

There are pages and pages of "I don't want to talk about it" and "Why, God?" concerning Eleanor's past and Jana's whining about her husband leaving her. Lots (and lots and lots) of repetition. I had to wade through much muck to find out Eleanor's background (told piecemeal). Jana finally decides Rob left her because he was jealous that she wsa becoming closer to God.

Taffy finally answers the "Why did God allow this to happen?" question. Because God lets us choose. Some sins have worse consequences than others, but we all sin, so we're all equal. Someone who steals a paperclip is just as bad as a murderer, child molester or rapist. It matters not that these sinners cause their victims untold misery. If they ask for forgiveness, it must be given, and they will be in heaven alongside the paperclip stealers. Taffy forgives her husband for cheating on her "about a hundred times" but I got the feeling she never really cared if he did - wonder if she'd have cared if he gave her AIDS. "Oh no honey, don't worry about it, it's okay." The victims are just supposed to trust Jesus, and suffer. The sinners have all the fun, say they're sorry (once they get caught), and they get to go to heaven.

God, all-powerful, could stop wars, but allows innocent children in Iraq to be murdered, because Bush made the choice. That Bush does not pay the consequences for his choice matters not. God could also stop natural disasters, starvation, or any horrible thing that has nothing to do with "choice" but the author doesn't waste her time on this.

In the end, all is understood amongst the women (good thing, since I didn't) and everything is happy happy. But trying to tie in the religious angle just didn't work. The characters are paper dolls and don't exist in real life. If you're looking for a book to help you through a rough patch, don't get this one. Look up your wealthy aunt instead, and hope she's VERY generous.

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