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Leona Harper loves being a pastor's wife. Her impressive resume touts thirty years of coaxing hot water from rusty parsonage plumbing, planning church potlucks, and standing beside her husband while members take potshots at his sermons. Except for the little tiff with her grown children, Leona feels her life is right on track with the wishes of the Almighty . . . until herLeona Harper loves being a pastor's wife. Her impressive resume touts thirty years of coaxing hot water from rusty parsonage plumbing, planning church potlucks, and standing beside her husband while members take potshots at his sermons. Except for the little tiff with her grown children, Leona feels her life is right on track with the wishes of the Almighty . . . until her husband drops dead in the pulpit.When the church board decides to fill the Reverend's vacated position, Leona is forced to find a paying job, mend her fractured family, and tackle her fears. With life spiraling out of control, Leona might find the church members' antics comical if she weren't so completely panicked. Can the faith of an overwhelmed widow withstand the added heartache of two resentful children and several underhanded church members? If Leona can't trust God, how will she learn to trust herself?...

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ISBN : 11863385
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Number of Pages : 232 Pages
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  • Casey
    2019-04-03 21:58

    I was viscerally – emotionally – affected by this book. A novel I picked up for the pleasure of reading it and not for the purpose of reviewing, I was completely blown away by the power packed into this debut novel. The story of a preacher’s wife who becomes the preacher’s widow left me with emotions as though I had lost my own husband. I had such a clear taste of what that grief must be like, but I wasn’t bogged down until I felt as the reader, I couldn’t get out of the emotional trauma.There is even a bit of situational humor. The main characters have such a voice upon the page that sometimes you can’t help but chuckle at the thoughts they share. And this story truly does become like a living, breathing moment in time when I stepped between the pages. The wordsmithing and craft of the novel was really outstanding. When I finished the story I had hope for the characters, but more than that I was impacted by their story. I was moved by their journey and inspired by their determination.I felt as though I’ve now walked a mile in their shoes and to me, there is no better sign of good storytelling. **I was not required to write this review, I did so because I loved it!**

  • Casey
    2019-04-12 23:01

    I was viscerally – emotionally – affected by this book. A novel I picked up for the pleasure of reading it and not for the purpose of reviewing, I was completely blown away by the power packed into this debut novel. The story of a preacher’s wife who becomes the preacher’s widow left me with emotions as though I had lost my own husband. I had such a clear taste of what that grief must be like, but I wasn’t bogged down until I felt as the reader, I couldn’t get out of the emotional trauma.There is even a bit of situational humor. The main characters have such a voice upon the page that sometimes you can’t help but chuckle at the thoughts they share. And this story truly does become like a living, breathing moment in time when I stepped between the pages. The wordsmithing and craft of the novel was really outstanding. When I finished the story I had hope for the characters, but more than that I was impacted by their story. I was moved by their journey and inspired by their determination.I felt as though I’ve now walked a mile in their shoes and to me, there is no better sign of good storytelling. **I was not required to write this review, I did so because I loved it!**

  • Carla
    2019-04-22 01:16

    This is a Christian fiction novel so there is not cussing or sexual content. And I found that I enjoyed it anyway. The book is not preachy by any means. It was a great story, there is sadness and there is triumph. What I liked about this book?That it was about survival and finding your place in the world. I loved Leona'a resolve and her ability to land on her feet. She stood up for herself when it counted most. Her old evil mama was a hoot though.What I did not like?IT was kind of slow. I found myself wishing they would hurry up and get to the good part. Or whatever was next. However, I am inpatient.How the book could be improved?I wish the author would have extended the book past the point where it ended. I don't want to give away the ending.

  • Carla Stewart
    2019-03-25 06:14

    Love the sparkling voice of Lynne in her debut book. Terrific summer read!

  • Jo
    2019-04-07 02:03

    My book club read this book and our assessment of it made for a rather tense meeting. In a group of Christians I am a Secular Humanist. I think that having a sort of outsider's view gave me a very objective perspective. I went in to the meeting thinking that someone would likely agree with me. I was very wrong. Understand that I am not an angry Atheist by any stretch of the imagination but I felt that there was SO much potential for this novel to show the evolution of the main character, a logical and realistic reuniting of family, and the opportunity to show true Christian grace of family, friends, and community reuniting and finding a better path to the future. The rawness of the characters throughout was disconcerting but I expected them to grow and change. Unfortunately, I was pretty much appalled by the behavior of the characters at the end. Nothing was really "reinvented".It seemed to me that the author may have felt rushed near the end of the book and didn't give the story or the characters a chance to choose a better course of action [ in her writing process ]. I found the snarky and superior tone of the ending did the story a tremendous disservice. It was also disappointing to see the weight given to how HANDSOME the pastor was and how everyone was drawn to him for the most superficial aspects [ yes I understand that this is how the world works, there was just no spiritual BALANCE to that prevalent mind-set ].

  • Pamela
    2019-04-18 01:51

    I liked the concept behind the story line: a pastor's wife, living in the church-owned parsonage, is abruptly widowed. Always dependent on her husband's strong personality and comfortable in her role as his helper, she now must become her own person and make her own life. Unfortunately the writing never quite invites you in. The plot is overly segmented and often difficult to follow. The reader never actually experiences Leona reinvented, but only rehashed. Scriptures are placed carefully and predictably. But the worst part - the part that made me groan and roll my eyes - was the imagery. At points, her story moved along smoothly enough, but then I'd hit rocky pavement littered by sharp descriptions of every type and of every thing. My mind stumbled and stalled as I tried to follow the faint trail of her plot through the clutter. Some of her images bordered on the ridiculous, like when she described the main character entering her overbearing mother's hospital room "like the Ty-D-Bol man."It wasn't a horrible book, but it wasn't one I'd recommend. It had a unique story line and interesting characters. And her descriptions were vivid, though heavy-handed. I ended the book without the sad regret you feel when you've become a part of the literature.

  • B.J. Robinson
    2019-04-18 06:00

    Reinventing Leona by Lynne Gentry published by Tyndale's Digital First program in June 2011 is full of figurative language and realistic characters. I loved Lynne's writing style and her creative use of words and quips. The book hooked me with the first chapter, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. It's fast paced and an easy read. Though one part of the novel was predictable, there were a few surprises along the way, and I could just picture the characters, since they were so vividly illustrated. Annoying as some were, they proved their value in the end and that they were really true friends. This is a novel where you can say the characters make it a gem. I loved the laugh near the end, and I especially loved the methods the author used to demonstrate how a preacher's life and a preacher's wife's life aren't easy. I feel the characters were realistically portrayed by showing them all as mere humans and none of them as perfect, even though they were Christians. The vivid descriptions of the looks in their eyes and on their faces were awesome.

  • April
    2019-04-12 01:04

    Leona has been a pastor's wife for 30 years. She's learned to put on a happy face and not complain about anything. Suddenly, she finds herself a widow and has to find out who she really is.....I want to say that I didn't really enjoy the book until I got to page 100 or so. The author uses a few too many similes in her writing and some things were a bit 'stilted' and didn't flow very well. The story was a bit sad - the parishoners were very self-centered after their pastor's death and seemed to not care at all about Leona. Her two children are living far from the Lord, which also made me sad - that they could grow up in a pastor's home and not learn to love God. Things take a bit of spin toward the end - the characters becoming a bit more likeable and the story line becomes more intense. Overall, I did enjoy the book.This book was provided by the publisher to me for an honest review.

  • Stacy
    2019-04-10 03:11

    A free Christian fiction book that I got for my Kindle. Leona Harper is a pastor's wife, and has been all of her life. Her husband has pastored the same church for 18 years. They've lived in the parsonage and raised their two kids in that house. Her son is now in law school and her daughter in med school. As the book opens, the pastor is preaching his sermon the Sunday before Thanksgiving, when he falls over dead in the pulpit. So, Leona has to figure out what to do with the rest of her life, hence "reinventing Leona". This book was very enjoyable for me. The setting is a small town, so there are the typical small town characters, friends, church members, elders of the church, etc as well as family members. Good characters, nice little plot, set at the holidays, so I really enjoyed it :)

  • Laura
    2019-03-31 04:02

    I read this book because it was free on Kindle, and I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I do.When Leona's husband passes away, her world collapses. She loses her husband and her position as a pastor's wife. The character development in Leona as she finds her way is authentic and beautiful. The look inside the role of a pastor's wife is interesting, and the quirky church members provide some levity.Rotating among Leona, her daughter, and her son's point of view, the book gives a true picture of grief and how it affects different people. Most importantly, the story depicts the healing and the good Christ brings believers even in the midst of great loss.

  • Kim
    2019-04-16 03:01

    A "light" summertime read, certainly not deeply thought provoking. Growing up in the Protestant church "culture" I could easily relate to the humor in the book as Leona, the gracious pastor's wife, deals with her quirky congregants, hypocritical elders, and demoralizing church politics. At times, the story moved rather slowly and predictably but by the end I was chuckling at the way Leona, with her steady faith, was able to bring everyone together and see everything "work for the good" in spite of her tragic loss.

  • Sandy Sandmeyer
    2019-04-11 00:06

    A nice story of Leona, a pastor's wife. Her husband drops dead as he starts his sermon one Sunday morning. This causes her children to come back home to face their mom and all her expectations. Leona has to reinvent herself after being a stay-at-home mom for all those years, because she needs to get a job and start supporting herself. She has the help of her best friend, Roxie. A great book and an easy read.

  • Janel
    2019-03-31 04:15

    this was a fascinating read for me. I really liked the way that the author dealt with the way that Leona had to take charge in an area which she hadn't been in charge of before and had to face the reality of the things she'd been stuffing down over the years and now she had to step up and take charge and face those fears.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-26 22:54

    She's a Pastors Wife--Except Now She's NotLeona Harper is the quintessential pastors wife. She knows exactly how to be the person the parishioners expect. From little old ladies who stop by before Sunday services to...To see the complete review visit readgreatfiction: http://readgreatfiction.wordpress.com...

  • Dianne
    2019-03-28 02:02

    This was a good book, with some twists and turns that were unexpected. I was a little frustrated with her relationship with her kids, seemed like the standard expectation syndrome with the adult kids rebelling in the face of that.I did enjoy it, though!

  • Andrea
    2019-04-06 23:56

    The book is about preacher's wife, how she dealt with her husband passing away (he died in an interesting way), how she coped with this, how her family got be there for her, and supported her. The wife has crazy mother, it's amusing to read about her. :)

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-16 01:14

    Amazing characterization. Humor riddled with real emotion and real circumstances. I love this author.

  • Vicki
    2019-03-25 04:50

    Predictable and kind of silly. I felt no real connection to the characters.

  • Tracy
    2019-03-30 04:01

    A fantastic read! So simple and predictable yet heart wrenching and incredibly funny at all the right moments.

  • Carol Walther
    2019-04-14 06:02

    Could relate to a few things but most did not match my experience as a pastor's wife.

  • Linda
    2019-03-29 06:10

    A light read with lots of humor.

  • Holly
    2019-03-27 02:58

    Predicable. Trite. Poorly written.

  • Karol
    2019-03-29 00:02

    Absolutely loved it.

  • Vikki
    2019-03-30 21:59

    predictable story, lackluster characters and misuse of Scripture.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-02 04:08

    Free on Kindle. A good summer read

  • Catherine Richmond
    2019-04-18 23:10

    "Living in a parsonage is not for sissies," Leona's husband, the pastor, reminds her. And Leona quickly finds out, being the pastor's widow is no walk in the park either. Leona is sweet, sassy, and spiritual. I loved how she and her son and daughter saw their family in such different ways. And I loved the quirky collection of characters surrounding her, especially her best friend Roxie and the tension between this Episcopalian and the members of Leona's (Baptist?) church. The author's prose is vivid and original. But best of all, the story ends on a optimistic note. I hope there's a sequel in the works so we can return to Mt. Hope!

  • Nell
    2019-04-15 05:07

    US churches and their idea of being Christian are very alien to my personal concept of Christianity. Christian doesn't mean doormat. This was an enjoyable read for the first two thirds of the book but the last third felt rushed and the storylines were incomplete.

  • Glenda
    2019-03-29 23:11

    A Book Worth ReadingWell written and solid. The characters are realistic and individual. The storyline is wonderful. Leona learns her own true worth and value through facing her misconceptions and perceptions of herself.

  • DK
    2019-04-12 01:10

    Available to lend through B&N "Lend Me" - see link below for info and reviews. Leave a comment if you are interested in borrowing. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Rein...

  • Cindy Duvall
    2019-04-10 01:50

    Loved this book!