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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764200577
  • ASIN: B005Q6LCIM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...well-drawn characters and fascinating storytelling..." -- W. Terry Whalin, faithfulreader.com

"Well written and with a light touch, this novel is engaging." -- Romantic Times, June 2006

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"Allison Bottke is a fresh, honest voice in contemporary fiction in the chick lit style . . . A Stitch in Time leaves the reader with a renewed appreciation for God's grace and purpose at all stages of our lives."

—Lauraine Snelling, author of the DAUGHTERS OF BLESSINGS series "A Stitch in Time is a witty look at an all-too-flawed woman in search of perfection, and boy, could I relate to her! A wonderful read."

—Angela Hunt, author of The Novelist "Allison Bottke pens a wonderful tale of forgiveness and reconciliation. A Stitch in Time takes the reader through a lifestyle few have experienced first-hand, while dealing with emotions and day to day conflicts familiar to us all. This book is sure to please."

—Tracie Peterson, author of HEIRS OF MONTANA and What She Left for Me "Breakout novelist Allison Bottke will gain hordes of fans with the first of (what we can hope to be) many novels! From the first page, you'll not want to put this one down. . . . A Stitch in Time proves that we are all hungry for more of God, no matter where we come from or what we do. A must read!"

—Eva Marie Everson, coauthor of The Potluck Club "Slip into the pages of this high-fashion treat and escape into a world where true beauty shines past the glitz of glamour and into your heart."

—Linda Evans Shepherd, coauthor of The Potluck Club, host of Right to the Heart Radio, founder of AWSA "Allison Bottke's debut novel sings like a well-loved song. I laughed and cried. The characters are so real I felt as though I had made a new set of friends."

—Tracey Bateman, author of Leave it to Claire "If one could mesh the modern sophistication of Vera Wang and the fun, boldness of Tommy Hilfiger into words, you'd come close to A Stitch in Time. I found myself totally wrapped up in the characters and had a hard time putting this book down. Ms. Bottke's first novel introduces an exuberant, fresh voice to fiction, and I'm eager to read more from this talented novelist!"

—Tricia Goyer, author of the award-winning novel, Night Song "What a delight! Allison Bottke has given us a heroine who is endearing, flawed, funny, and wise as she attacks life, dealing with family, business, and her new, deeply felt faith. I highly recommend A Stitch in Time."

—Gayle Roper, Allah's Fire "Allison Bottke sets the standard for excellence and keeps readers coming back for more!"

—Debra White Smith, author of THE AUSTEN SERIES "Intelligent. Witty. Real. Energetic. Fascinating. Life-changing. All of these characteristics of Allison's debut novel make it some of the best fiction I've read in a long time."

—Heather Gemmen, author of Startling Beauty "As a Southern California fundraising consultant, I found Dee Decker's fictional journey to be filled with a hearty and entertaining combination of fact and fantasy. Allison has penned the journey of one determined woman through the joys and perils of non-profit fundraising while battling her own personal spiritual challenges in a touching and amusing fashion . . . A fun read throughout!"

—Sharon Esterley, Esterley Events "Allison has done a wonderful job in combining real-life issues of weight loss surgery with a fictional character. The story of Dee Decker is as informative as it is entertaining."

—Monica Ganz, Ph.D., Director of Events and Support Groups for ObesityHelp, Inc. "Issues of self-worth and personal image drive the characters, but it's Allison Bottke's attention to detail that will keep you turning pages."

—Sue Buchanan, author/speaker "Bottke takes the reader on an intimate journey of betrayal, forgiveness, and self-discovery with Dee, a successful, social-climbing wife and mother who, through difficult circumstances, learns who she is and what she really values. Written with realism and compassion, the novel explores the challenges of life after weight loss surgery and the amazing transformations in body and mind the procedure brings. In Dee, we see the common frailties of human nature and the power of convictions to bring us full circle in life and love." —Tammy J. Colter, Editor-In-Chief, OH Magazine, ObesityHelp.com "A Stitch in Time is glitter, glamour, glory and grace all wrapped up in a fashionable, flamboyant package of spell-binding reading that puts you in the middle of the society scene, the faith walk, and the grace of forgiveness."

—Thelma Wells, president of A Woman of God Ministries


More About the Author

Allison Bottke is the best selling, award-winning author of more than 28 non-fiction and fiction books, including the acclaimed Setting Boundaries® series and the popular God Allows U-Turns® series. She is a frequent guest on national radio and TV. Allison also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational creative non-fiction and brand development. She also conducts private consulting and developmental editing. Allison lives in Texas.

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Dee is an engaging character and the "inside story" on fund-raising fascinating.
Deb Haggerty
In Dee, we see the common frailties of human nature and the power of convictions to bring us full circle in life and love.
Tammy J. Colter
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and was very disappointed when I turned the last page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dee Harris is busy with the reconstruction of her life in so many areas. Her 30-year marriage to her husband, Lyle, seems to be over after she caught him having an affair.

Her two 30-plus year old children are still living at home with their father. She lost 150 pounds and has undergone several reconstructive surgeries.

Her career as a consultant has really taken off. All of this, plus she has become a Christian.

Dee's life is very fast-paced. Her job at LeGrande Enterprises includes helping raise money for causes through events and helping committees plan out projects.

Eating has always been a comfort to Dee, but after her weight loss surgery, she has to be extra careful to eat in a whole new way. At one event, Dee eats an egg roll that wasn't chewed enough which sent Dee to the ladies room.

This is where she meets Lily. Lily is a very wealthy lady who lives in Las Vegas. She needs help in planning and implementing a huge building project. Is this a divine appointment?

Dee's boss and friend, Areta, does not understand Dee's Christianity. Stress mounts as reports are given to Areta about Dee aggressively evangelizing clients and coworkers. Where are these anonymous reports coming from?

Dee wants to divorce her husband for she cannot forgive him for the affair. Lyle is not cooperating by not signing the divorce papers. Her children, Kelsey and Kent, have enjoyed their lives living at home. Their lives begin to change along with their attitudes toward their mother.

Lily's nephew, Carter, is a handsome cowboy who is on the committee for the project. He becomes an interest to Dee on a personal basis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Shaffer on July 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Allison Bottke so accurately portrays the honest struggles of being a new Christian in the real world. This book is not only fun and a great read but one that so many women can relate to. I can't wait to read her next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda L. Lagnada on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
So awesome for her first novel! This book is for women of all ages, not just 50 plus! Weight loss, plastic surgery, divorce, fashion, glitz & glamour! What more could you ask for in a book? With a mystery(surprise) ending! I'd like a sequel, but better yet...a MOVIE!! Looking forward to more novels from Allison Bottke. Keep them coming!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SCMLA on July 11, 2006
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Baby Christian, fad-crazy Charity Fundraiser Chick goes from fat to fantabulous in the blink of an eye while trying to keep her high-pressure job & her unbelieving family from unraveling at the seams.

This book (along with the "Shades of Style" series & probably a few others that I don't know about), appears to usher in the backlash/the pendulum swing from (what I call) Christian "prairie lit" (i.e. all that little-house-on-the-prairie-type literature that Christian women have been bombarded with for the last several years & -- I might add -- which has single-handedly kept most Christian women I know from even touching the stuff) to (what I call) Christian "Prada lit" ...

Because (due to inflation), I wish I had a hundred dollars for every time a designer name, a brand name, a celebrity name &/or a celebrity fad was mentioned in this book (i.e. the main character, Dee Decker, inhabits a pampered, privileged, bigger-than-life world that is just about as "relatable" & realistic to me as a pioneer woman setting up shop in the middle of Egyptian nowhere in the 1800s ... )

I've also been having a hard time figuring out what (if anything) the title ("A Stitch In Time" -- from the old saying: "a stitch in time saves nine") has to do with the story/characters in this novel? Since nothing in this story is ever saved "in time" without practically unraveling first (which is diametrically opposed to the original meaning of the saying), & since the novel ends with about a guhzillion loose ends flapping forlornly in the wind, it just seems to me that titles like: "Better Late Than Never;" or "Just In The Nick Of Time;" would been better sayings to use to sum up the overall message/theme of the story?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat Dunns Nutrition Center on May 30, 2006
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I've enjoyed all of Allison Bottke's work. This one, her first novel "A Stitch In Time was" a fun read, couldn't put it down. Refreshing, full of life, might I say "everyday life" with all the glitz and glamour of "would I really want that life". Really made you stop and think and then finally realize what really is important? That being God, He is the reality and the glitz and the glamour and the knowing and the not knowing! He's it, He's what we are all really looking for! Thanks for making that so clear in this novel Allison. I look forward to reading your next and next and next!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on July 12, 2006
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In one year Dee Decker has gastric bypass surgery, separates from Lyle, her cheating husband, buys a new wardrobe, and becomes a Christian. Dee works as a fundraiser, and she's good at it too, and since she moved out on her own, she has more time to work. Dee files for divorce, but Lyle won't sign the papers. Her kids want her to forgive him, but adultry is a sin. God wouldn't expect her to forgive the cheating jerk, would he?

While working at fundraising to help build a Christian art museum and gallery, she meets Carter, a handsome man who sets her pulse racing, but she's still married, and Lyle WON'T sign those papers. Dee is a new Christian who wants her personal desires, and a personal relationship with God at the same time. A Stitch in time is at times, funny, serious, touching, and fully enjoyable. This one is a keeper.
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