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Product Details

  • Series: Coming Home to Brewster (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736911502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736911504
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roxanne Sayler Henke lives in rural North Dakota with her husband, Lorren and their dog, Gunner. They have two, very cool, adult daughters, Rachael and Tegan, equally-cool sons-in-law, Cory and Dave, and one delightful granddaughter, Simone. As a family they enjoy spending time at their lake cabin in northern Minnesota. Roxanne has a degree in Behavioral and Social Science from the University of Mary and for many years was a newspaper humor columnist. She has also written and recorded radio commercials, written for, and performed in, a comedy duo; and co-written school lyceums. She is the author of eight novels.

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This series, Coming Home to Brewster, are the best books I have ever Read!
Judy
Lessons on aging, on friendship, on unconditional love, on giving someone a chance, on "glory days"...very well done!
Val
The author has such perception into human nature and makes the stories very real.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
We plan and God answers with a nudge, reminding us that He is in charge. That He knows what is best for us and that it is so much more than we ever imagined it could be.

In Always Jan, Roxanne Henke welcomes us to Brewster, North Dakota, the kind of town where most people would love to live and raise a family. It's a place where people know your name and reach out to help each other. It's where folks gather at the restaurant or gas station to gossip and commiserate with each other. It's a place, like most others, only smaller, where the inhabitants have hopes and dreams, love their friends, family and neighbors and share the sadness of broken dreams and deep hurts. It's also a place where God lives.

Jan believes she is "getting old" and losing her beauty. Kenny owns the local gas station but there isn't enough money for his growing family. Ida, Kenny's aunt, values independence, health and a vital future. Each character experiences a "challenge" that they didn't expect and didn't want. Henke weaves each character's life dilemma through the lives of the others in a seamless manner. Jan, Kenny and Ida are each broken, in their own way, and each must learn through their personal trials that God's plan is the best plan.

There was a time when I didn't enjoy Christian fiction because it wasn't real life. It seemed that life in Christian fiction was always "happy ever after," if only we believed. Real life isn't always perfect, even when we trust and believe.

Roxanne Henke's novel Always Jan approaches life in a "real" way: real people, with real problems, who struggle to live their faith. I smiled, I squeezed the tears threatening to break free and I kept reading. I didn't want the story to end because I felt I knew these people and I liked them, "warts" and all. I can't wait to read her other novels. If you haven't read Roxanne Henke's novels, please do so and "Welcome to Brewster...it's a good place to call home."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Elliott on March 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Always Jan really got to me. I have enjoyed every book Roxanne Henke has written, even learning something while I experienced a terrific, page-turning read. But this one hit home in a special way. Maybe it is because of my age - and the book is about aging; maybe it is because of a close relative's life which rather parallels Ida's in the story. I'm not sure. But I found this book to be so much more than just a wonderful read.

The story is told in multiple, first person, points of view - a style that well suits Henke's clear, concise writing. Jan: the beauty who is fearful of aging, Kenny: the sports-playing dad who wants to replay those high school days, and Ida: Kenny's elderly Aunt who struggles to live alone as her health declines and loneliness threatens to overcome. Roxanne weaves these three lives together in a beautiful tale that grabs your heart and won't let go until the last line.

I absolutely loved it! And recommend this wonderful book to every person who likes to read the best in inspirational lit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Val on February 9, 2005
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Having read all of Roxanne's books, I looked forward to this one and was not disappointed. Roxy has a way of making you see her characters as the person living next door or down the street. Hopefully you have all had an "Ida Bauer" in your life--or will be an Ida Bauer to someone else. One of the most profound messages was given by one of the lesser characters (I won't go into it because it would give you too much of the storyline) so you can see Roxy develops her characters well. Lessons on aging, on friendship, on unconditional love, on giving someone a chance, on "glory days"...very well done! I'm a librarian in a small town and can't keep the other books in the series on the shelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "Harriet" on February 17, 2005
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This book beautifully shares the truth that "getting older will be, and is, a joy as long as you do it with the Lord at your side!"
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Learning to accept ourselves from the inside instead of focusing on outward beauty
is a good thing. Very well written. This series in Brewster, ND is one of the best
I have ever read. The author has such perception into human nature and makes
the stories very real. You feel like you know the characters when you finish each
book.
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Excellent Christian reading.....very interesting reading
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By Brenda Walker on June 30, 2014
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This is my first time reading anything from Roxanne Henke. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I can't wait to read more!!!
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More About the Author

I'm a small-town 'girl.' (Rural North Dakota to be exact.)

It's a good place to write from, distractions--like coffee shops and bookstores--are at a minimum. So are stop lights and shopping malls. All that adds up to more time to write.

My life-long dream was to write ONE book...I never dreamt about a second book, much less a third, fourth, or fifth! Just goes to show God can dream much bigger than we can.