Thursday, February 12, 2009

She's in A Better Place by Angela Hunt

Jennifer Graham is struggling to make ends meet while running the Fairlawn Funeral Home, raising two children, and studying for her national board exam. Her work takes on a new dimension when Gerald Huffman, her assistant and mentor, reveals that he has a serious illness. When she learns that he and his daughter haven’t spoken in years, Jen decides to help them reconcile . . . but things don’t go exactly as she planned.

Jennifer is longing for stability in her life . . . but she soon discovers that life isn’t stagnant; it’s always changing. Once again, the mortuary is a setting for lessons of laughter, love, and life.

My Review:
This was a book I did not want to begin reading because I KNEW that when I finished it, I'd feel bookless. As long as I put off starting it, I knew that I had a treasure waiting. I was correct. It's the third book in the Fairlawn series, and I loved it. Angela Hunt has the ability to write a trilogy so that each book can be read alone and understood perfectly; however, when all are read in order, a deeper experience awaits the reader. I've finished this third in the series now, and I feel like a spoiled child, stamping my feet. I don't want this series to finish--ever! I want to move to Mt. Dora and have lunch with Jen! I want to join the ladies and Joella at the Biddle House for a bit of talk; maybe I'll even put on a red hat! I want to watch Kristen grow into the woman God intends. In other words, the characters have come to life for me.

This author teaches with her writing. There are so many details; her research amazes me. With this series, I have learned a good bit about the funeral industry, and gained a sense of appreciation for the work of people like Gerald and Jennifer. Angela Hunt aptly handles what could be a touchy subject and makes pleasurable reading. The story takes the reader along to a convention for people in the industry. All sorts of tips are given. Why, I even learned how to apply mascara!

In addition to learning, this faith-based volume contains other things that appeal to readers. There's a need for tissues because of the tears. There's romance. There's humor. (The Living Funeral is hysterical.) I cannot recommend this series high enough. The author is at her peek!

Although I have many other books waiting to be read, there are no more Angela Hunt books waiting for me. So I'm bookless. Now what?

Included are Discussion Questions and a recipe for Brown Sugar Pecan Cake.

I understand that you might like all three books in the series, so I'm making it convenient. If you'd like to buy any or all copies, click here.


Angela said...

So glad you enjoyed this series, Sally! I learned a lot in the writing of it, and I have to say that knowing all about funeral homes actually made it easier when my father passed away in December. No heebie jeebies here! Only peace and confidence.

Blessings to you!


Anonymous said...

I was surprised to see the above comment from Angela. Wow!
I'm almost finished reading Heavenly Daze. It is such a delightful book.
Now, I think i'll go visit Angela.

Scrap girl said...

These books sound really good. I do like the sound of them. I learnt alot about burials whilst reading Heroic Acts of Love - learnt a lot of things that surprised me, so it would be interesting to learn more - I find it amazing that anyone can work in the funeral business - they must be strong. Great blog -will visit again if that's OK.

Rel said...

Enjoyed your review, Sally. Can't wait to read and review it myself :)

Carrie K. said...

I loved the first two books in this series - can't wait to read #3!

naida said...

sounds like a great series!
I like the pretty covers.

Book lover said...

I have read Dreamers and the truth teller. I wish I had more of her books at my library. They are really good and some of my favorite books and that's saying a lot for me!