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Lurlene McDaniel is the #1 author of inspirational fiction for young adults. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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One


"Is everything all right?" Raina St. James asked as soon as Kathleen McKensie had climbed into the car and shut the door.

"Sure," Kathleen said halfheartedly, turning her head so that Raina couldn't see her eyes filling with moisture. "Everything's fine. It's hard coming here, that's all." She had just toured the inside of her home while her friends waited for her in the car. She'd gone from room to room checking everything out, as she had every day for the past few weeks. Nothing was disturbed. Everything looked orderly and, except for some dust buildup, seemed the same as when she had been living there.

From the backseat, Holly Harrison reached out and patted Kathleen's shoulder. "Your mom won't be in the hospital forever. Didn't you say Dr. Kiefer was thinking of transferring her to the rehab center this week?"

Kathleen nodded, still gazing longingly out the car window at the front of her home. "It's just that I can't remember one time that my mom wasn't around for a first day of school. Ever since kindergarten."

"Well, we're here for you now, girlfriend," Raina said, backing her car out of the driveway.

"And . . . and I appreciate it," Kathleen said, finding a tissue and dabbing her eyes. She knew that Raina could have gone to school that morning with her boyfriend, Hunter, Holly's brother, but Raina had elected instead to face day one of their junior year with her best friends. Twisting in her seat, Kathleen told Holly, "And I know your mom tried hard to make the day special for us. It was nice of her to make waffles for breakfast because she knows I like them."

For the past several weeks, while her mother recovered from heart surgery, Kathleen had lived with Holly and her family. Because her father had died tragically years before, she and Mary Ellen had only each other. It had been fun being a part of Holly's family, but Kathleen was ready to go home. Only, her mother had weeks of rehabilitation to go through first, and Kathleen had to remain at Holly's.

"Mom lives to force-feed her family," Holly said, bulging her cheeks out in an exaggerated imitation of overeating. "I could have done just fine with cereal. The first day of school always makes me nervous, and when I'm nervous, I get sick to my stomach."

"Not in my car," Raina said, glancing in the rearview mirror at Holly. "Day one makes me excited," she added. "According to my schedule sheet, I can meet Hunter between three classes."

"Whoopee," Holly said without enthusiasm. "We get to meet him coming out of the bathroom every morning. Not a pretty sight."

This made Kathleen smile. "It's not that bad, Raina."

"And don't think I'm not jealous about it either." Raina was crazy about Hunter, now a senior at their high school, and she couldn't imagine facing the next year without him when he went off to college. "Speaking of boyfriends, what do you hear from Carson? I guess today's his first day too."

"He called last night," Kathleen said. "To wish me luck." Since Carson Kiefer attended the prestigious Bryce Academy on the other side of Tampa, she didn't expect to see him often. She figured it was only a matter of time before he forgot about her completely. Wasn't that what the nasty-tempered Stephanie Marlow had predicted to Kathleen at the end-of-the-year banquet for the Pink Angels hospital volunteers just a couple of weeks before?

The words buzzed in her memory. "Don't think that just because he's fooled around with you all summer, I'm out of the picture. This has happened before, you know. He finds some new little plaything for a few months and keeps himself busy. But he always comes back to me."

"Why don't you invite him to our first football game next Friday night? You can double with me and Hunter." Raina's voice pulled Kathleen into the present.
"Maybe I will. He told me he likes the two of you."

"Hey!" Holly interjected from the backseat. "What about me? Who will I go to the game with if you all double?"

"Is there anyone you could ask? We could make it a triple date," Raina said.

"As if my father will allow me to date anyone. I'll be an old dried-up prune before Dad ever lets go." Holly rolled her eyes. Mike Harrison was known for his strictness, especially when it came to Holly. Since she was the youngest of her friends and wouldn't be sixteen until mid-May, she knew she was facing another dateless year. "Is it going to be like this all year?" she groused. "You two running off on dates and me sitting home all alone?"

"We still have our volunteer jobs at the hospital," Raina offered. "We'll be together then."

"And don't think I'm not glad about it, but that's only two afternoons a week."

"And on Saturdays, if you want. I know I'm going to volunteer most Saturdays," Raina said. Hunter worked on Saturdays at a fast-food place, so she'd already decided to volunteer at the hospital while he was busy, because it allowed her to miss him less. "What do you say?"

"Count me in," Holly said, still unhappy about her solo status. "Anything's better than hanging around the house being bored and getting into my parents' way."

"I don't think I can commit," Kathleen said. "At least not until Mom's home and I see what her needs are going to be." Even before Carson's father had performed heart surgery on Mary Ellen, Kathleen had hesitated to be away from her mother too long. Because Mary Ellen was a victim of multiple sclerosis and Kathleen was her primary caregiver, much of her mother's care fell on Kathleen's shoulders.

"Well, don't let her tie you down too much," Raina said in a lecturing tone. "You're just now getting a real life."

"Raina . . ." Kathleen's voice held a warning note.

"Just a caution," Raina added quickly. By now they were in front of the high school, and she whipped the car into the student parking lot, which was already filling with returning students' vehicles. "I have to go to the office and get a parking permit for this school year," she announced.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lurlene McDaniel (Mass Market)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440238668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440238669
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Philadelphia PA, grew up (mostly) in Hialeah FL, graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa FL (go Bulls!) and currently live in Chattanooga TN---I'm an American citizen by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.

I have a brother, three years younger, married, and mathematically gifted. I am totally without math skills.

The books I write, the topics and subject matter, grew out of my firstborn son's diagnosis of diabetes at age 3.
Infinite reward that comes to me from my work.... when a grown reader lets me know that reading my books inspired her to seek a profession that helps others. I have wonderful letters saying, "Today I graduated from nursing/medical school."

Now that's a gift of joy!

Official Lurlene McDaniel Website
http://www.lurlenemcdaniel.com

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Very good book, it's the second book of the series.
Shelly
Angels in Pink: Raina's Story is another great book to an amazing trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel.
Shay Hardman
Raina's Story is one of her inspiring books that I recommend you reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Willow on August 4, 2005
Format: Library Binding
After reading (and loving) Kathleen's Story, I knew that I was hooked on Lurlene McDaniel's "Angels in Pink" series, and anxiously awaited the release of the second book, RAINA'S STORY. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't necessarily a great book, either.

RAINA'S STORY still goes inside the lives of the three friends from the first book (Kathleen, Raina, and Holly), but the main focus is (obviously) on Raina St. James. RAINA'S STORY explores the relationship between Raina and her mother, her boyfriend Hunter, and Raina's lack of faith.

Everything is going good in Raina's life, until an old boyfriend shows up at her school and threatens to turn everything around. While she's worried about what might happen with him, she throws herself into her volunteer work at the local hospital, where she faces even more challenges, and gets the opportunity to save a woman's life.

The "Angels in Pink" series is still something that I enjoy reading, and McDaniel's books are always short enough that you can zip through them in about a day. Unfortunatley, RAINA'S STORY just didn't compare with Kathleen's Story. The "surprise ending" to this one was really predictable and didn't really leave you waiting for more. Regardless, I'll still be looking forward to the last book, but I'd recommend picking this up from the library instead of buying it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mid-Prairie Teen on December 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was an inspiration to me and has inspired many other young youth readers. Lurlene's books are some of the top inspiration books in the country, and by reading them you will have no problem being able to figure out why. Her books have touched many people and have given them great confidence. All of her books are award winning books in my perspective. She has been given great honors and awards, and she sure does deserve them. Her books are an inspiration in our society today, without such great literature we wouldn't be so great. Raina's Story is one of her inspiring books that I recommend you reading. It shares how life is as a high-school girl and how they have tough choices. Raina has had some tough decisions to make in her life, and when the person she turns to for help tells her a deep secret, it changes her life forever. Will Raina ever tell her anything again? You will have to read this book for yourself to figure out the extreme shock of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moreno Perez on July 27, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the best book out of the 3. In the end someone dies like in all Lurlene McDaniel's books. But it is still good. A must read!
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By j r on April 24, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you have a younger girl, please know that there are some descriptions of "adult" situations that I would not want my middle school child reading.
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This book was so Good i didn't want it to end now i can't wait to get the other one ahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!
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By rachel hakenewerth on January 3, 2013
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No words can express what I just read other then wonderful!

It was so powerful with all the detail and how it felt so real
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Angels in Pink: Raina's Story is another great book to an amazing trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel. When dark secrets of the past become unraveled and love is threatened, three best friends Raina, Kathleen, and Holly can only turn towards each other to get through difficult times.

It amazes me the loyalty and dedication that these three girls have towards their friendship through any tragic and dark times in their lives.

The lessons of love, forgiveness, loyalty, hope, and understanding that come from this novel are extraordinary.

Once again, Lurlene McDaniel has written a beautiful and inspiring novel.
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Very good book, it's the second book of the series. 1st book is Kathleen's Story another good book. Then the 3rd book is Holly's Story another good book. If you like Lurlene Mcdaniel you will like this book. I don't like to read much, but when I pick one of Lurlene Mcdaniel's books I like to read it until it's done. That's how good they are.
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