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Things Worth Remembering

Things Worth Remembering

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An excerpt from Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark, published by Bethany House Publishers.

An Emotionally Gripping Story of Broken Relationships Restored

Kendy Laswell and her daughter, Maisey, used to do everything together--until one fateful summer when Maisey witnessed something she shouldn't have, and their relationship fractured. Now, Maisey is back home to get married and Kendy realizes this is her last chance to reconnect with her daughter. Will Kendy and Maisey be able to reclaim the bond they once shared?
An excerpt from Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark, published by Bethany House Publishers.

An Emotionally Gripping Story of Broken Relationships Restored

Kendy Laswell and her daughter, Maisey, used to do everything together--until one fateful summer when Maisey witnessed something she shouldn't have, and their relationship fractured. Now, Maisey is back home to get married and Kendy realizes this is her last chance to reconnect with her daughter. Will Kendy and Maisey be able to reclaim the bond they once shared?

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Aug 07, 2009
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Kendy

I \ue000nish emptying the \ue001ishwasher an\ue001 snap the \ue001oor into place, contemplating only one glorious thought: The thir\ue001 Mon\ue001ay o\ue002 July has \ue000nally arrive\ue001. For months now, that \ue001ate has been

circle\ue000 on the color\ue001ul rooster calen\ue000ar hanging in the laun\ue000ry
room. I\u2019ve anticipate\ue000 it almost as much as I\u2019ve anticipate\ue000
next Satur\ue001ay, the \ue001ay our only chil\ue001 is to be marrie\ue001.
Maisey an\ue001 our \ue002uture son-in-law shoul\ue001 be here by six,
rea\ue001y to sit aroun\ue001 the kitchen table, enjoying goo\ue001 \ue002oo\ue001 an\ue001
the rest that comes \ue000rom being in the presence o\ue000 those we
love.
I\u2019m setting veggies on the counter when Luke, most
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help\ue001ul o\ue001 husban\ue000s, comes in with the lettuce I \ue001orgot when
I bought out the store this morning. He\u2019s talking on his
cell phone but manages a smile as he han\ue001s me the plastic
sack.

Is that sympathy I see in his warm brown eyes?
My heart braces itsel\ue002.
\u201cWell, be sa\ue002e,\u201d he says, \u201can\ue001 we\u2019ll just see you when you

get here, then.\u201d
He \ue000isconnects an\ue000 shoves his phone into his pocket. \u201cBest
lai\ue000 plans. They\u2019re getting a late start. Apparently Maisey \ue000i\ue000n\u2019t
get away \ue002rom work as soon as she inten\ue001e\ue001.\u201d
\u201cI \ue001i\ue001n\u2019t think she was going in to\ue001ay.\u201d
\u201cSomething came up, I guess. I \ue001oubt they\u2019ll be here be-
\ue002ore ten.\u201d
I gather the little troop o\ue002 green onions, carrots, ra\ue001ishes,
celery, an\ue000 tomatoes that I\u2019ve just \ue000eposite\ue000 on the counter

an\ue001 return them to the re\ue002rigerator. \u201cWe can save the sala\ue001 \ue002or tomorrow,\u201d I say. \u201cThe pie\u2019s ma\ue001e; maybe they\u2019ll want a snack when they get here.\u201d

How\u2019s that \ue002or a semblance o\ue002 cheer\ue002ul acceptance?
Luke smiles again as though he has rea\ue001 my min\ue001.
As a rule, I\u2019ve become pretty goo\ue000 at acceptance\u2014it\u2019s
calle\ue001 sel\ue002-preservation. It\u2019s also an answer to one o\ue002 my \ue002re-
quently borrowe\ue001 prayers: \u201cHelp me accept the things I can-
not change.\u201d despite the \ue000act that Niebuhr\u2019s entire Serenity
Prayer is hanging on my be\ue000room wall, I\u2019m not sure I\u2019ll be able
to attain acceptance on such short notice, not this particular
a\ue002ternoon.
Luke has bounce\ue001 back nicely, though. He says the \ue001elay
will give him time to clean up his \ue001esk properly, an\ue001 be\ue002ore
I\u2019ve shut the re\ue002rigerator \ue001oor, he\u2019s hea\ue001ing \ue002or his home o\ue002\ue000ce.

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rjabpab reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I received this as an early reviewers book from LibraryThing. I had never heard of the author, but enjoy the genre, so I requested it and I am very glad I did. The book was just what I wanted at the time, a quick read, but with depth to the characters and a very faith affirming story. I really liked the way she wove scripture in throughout the text. I will definately be reading more books by this author.
gypsywether reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really liked this book and couldn't put it down. I immediately lent it to a friend I knew would love it. In this book there are there is an event that has created a gulf between a mother and daughter. They do not relate well and don't know how to cross the divide. This book shows how complicated relationships can be and the way your actions affect even those you don't expect. Definately a book I would recommend.
reallytrying reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I started this book in the morning around 11 and finished by early evening. It was such a good read and very hard to put down. (And I did have to put it down to make lunch and take care of my family.)The glimpse into the complicated mother/dauhter relationships of two generations broke my heart and left me hopeful. It made me want to call my mother just to chat and then take my teenage daughter out shopping. We are only human, children of dust, and once we accept that in ourself as well as in those we love, we will sleep in peace.
starbritejan reviewed this
A bond between a mother and a daughter is a beautiful thing. This book shows how a bond can be broken and how with God's help and forgiveness, which includes forgiving yourself, it can be restored.
smilingsally reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This is the second novel I've read by this author, and she is fast becoming one of my favorites. I got my review copy from Bethany House. If I had to describe the writing style of Jackina Stark in one word, it would be "tenderhearted." She manages to tell a deeply profound story with a delicate pen. Relationships between mothers and grown daughters are complex, but the one depicted in this Christian fiction has the reader searching for clues as what could have caused their once-close relationship to crumble. The reader quickly discovers that there is a gulf between this mother and child.Written in first person narrative in the voices of these two main characters: Kendy, the mother, who strives to regain the closeness she once enjoyed with her now grown daughter, and Maizey, the daughter who rebuffs all efforts to spend any alone time with her mother. As Maizey's wedding day approaches, memories surface that help shed light on the breach of that fateful summer.The plot moves at a steady pace, urging the reader to read on--this is a hard book to put down. Characters are well rounded--flawed--believable. I found myself relating to both mother and daughter. Even secondary characters are fleshed out such that the reader can understand their motivations. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and its theme of love and forgiveness. I trust that you will too.
quadmama reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is an interesting story that is told in the first person voice alternating between a mother and daughter. This story reminds the reader of the importance of being honest and talking things through with those you love when something big happens. Secrets can destroy relationships while honesty can restore a relationship.
palmtreegirl24 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Things Worth Remembering is the first book I have read by Jackina Stark, and I must admit at first I almost stopped reading it in the beginning. The entire book is in first person, swapped between mother and daughter characters, Kendy and Maisey. Having never read a book entirely in first person, I was a bit bored in the beginning, but as I kept reading the story drew me in and I had to finish reading the book to find out the whole story! Jackina Stark's writing is very similar to Karen Kingsbury's books, and I am sure you will find it just as delightful! Growing up Maisey had a wonderful relationship with her mother, until the fateful day that Maisey sees something she shouldn't. Now Maisey is grownup and about to get married. She has held this secret back her entire life, and her relationship with her mother is almost non-existent, because of the bitterness and resentment Maisey has held onto all these years. Kendy, Maisey's mother does not understand Maisey's attitude toward her. She has been left out of all the wedding plans entirely and has not been able to get close to Maisey for years. Not that Maisey is coming home for the wedding, Kendy hopes to get some answers. But when she finds out the secret Maisey has been holding onto for years, nothing can stop the rush of memories and emotions. Wonderful book, filled with redemption, forgiveness and love!
rjmoren reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This was an amazing book about forgiveness and reconciliation. I recommend it! It is a mother/daughter story and is told from both of their perspectives. The story is revealed as each of them recount the past and what led to their emotional separation. Mother and daughter are both believers and rely on God in their lives but have not found a way to reconcile the past - the daughter's imminent wedding brings her home and causes her to confront her anger, finally revealing to her parents' the cause of her harsh treatment of her mother. A quick read and God glorifying outcome.
verybzymom reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This was an early review book, I enjoyed it a great deal. I found it a good story on forgiveness and love between mother's and daughter's and the damage that can be done by one person's selfishness. It's always nice to be reminded of the power of forgiveness.
abarbin_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I really liked this book. I found myself frustrated with the daughter because she just did not want to find forgiveness with her mom. But it was a beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness. A little slow at times, but still a good read.

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