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Delivery [Kindle Edition]

Diana Prusik
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Livi finds new purpose in her troubled life when she joins her family’s small-town florist shop. There, the strong and wacky Wilson’s Florist gang monitors the pulse of Mount Helicon, where customers carry stories even the local newspaper does not contain. Tales of birth and death, sickness and sorrow, love and betrayal, and even forgiveness—Livi hears them all. Privy to some of the community’s deepest secrets, she sometimes wishes she didn't know so much, especially when news arrives that a dear family friend is dead. Faced with servicing his funeral, she is blasted with painful memories she’s struggled for decades to ignore. Soon, guilt and grief over childhood and adult tragedies close in. Instead of turning to loved ones or God for comfort, she leans on alcohol, her long-time clandestine companion—but secrets rarely escape the close-knit flower shop crew, who makes Livi’s business its own. Fumbling through life’s challenges together, the Wilson gang often delivers more than flowers, yet when Livi needs delivery, can the bonds of faith and friendship dissolve her defenses?


Product Details

  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (June 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057ZA0FI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #926,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review June 25, 2011
By TheMan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Delivery" is absolutely phenomenal, honestly. Small town quaintness meets real world hardship. Although at first bit pessimistic about the feminine tone of the novel, I (a man) enjoyed the entire read thoroughly. I strongly encourage anyone to buy this novel and put it on your list of books to read. Tell everyone!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery July 1, 2011
By Wilma
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A very touching book & I do think everybody should read it. Just be sure to have the tissues handy.Diana has touched on several difficult subjects and did it with love, humor and compassion. I won't go into details of the book but it's a great story for anybody to read. We all can find something in it to touch us. The florist shop is a meeting place for the town to come with their joys & sorrows and find someone to listen. We all need that.I'm looking forward to Diana's next book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but an okay novel July 21, 2011
By jess
Format:Kindle Edition
I struggled to get into Diana Prusik's debut novel, Delivery. Livi, the main character struggles to vanquish her demons as she works at her family's small town florist shop. She and her sister, Gretta, don't always see eye to eye, especially after the latest tragedy that throws Livi for a loop. Her pain is nearly tangible. The characters in this story took me awhile to get into (especially with the confusing timeline of the story...so many flashbacks!), but once I got it all figured out, I mostly enjoyed the story. It was funny, heartbreaking, and entertaining, but it had its verrrry slow moments as well.

There were many loose ends at the novel's close, and I wished Prusik would have provided some sort of resolution for Livi's issues with her family. Instead of a clear resolution, I was left with questions about Livi and her husband and Livi's relationships with others.

All in all, I moderately enjoyed Prusik's debut novel. Thank you, Tyndale, for providing an electronic copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest opinion.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read! June 25, 2011
By MrsB18
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This inspirational novel will tug at your heartstrings. It made me laugh out loud, brought many tears to my eyes, and made me reflect into some of the deeper portions of my heart. Diana Prusik creates life-like characters and perfectly depicts life in a small town. You won't be disappointed in this novel. It is one that I will read time and time again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Review July 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Delivery is the tale of a middle-aged woman working in her family's flower shop, struggling to make sense of her life, and struggling not to become an alcoholic. Livi has had some hard times in her life as a young person and now as an adult. Her life has been shaped by the death of brother, killed in Vietnam. She is pretty sure that if there is a God, He has forgotten her family. But, as Livi experiences one struggle after another, she learns from a close friend that God is closer than she ever thought.

I have some mixed reviews of this book. On one hand, I thought the story was interesting. The characters were likeable. There was great potential for this to be a really good read. On the other hand, the story took place through flashbacks- one of my particular pet peeves. Huge gaps of time would pass between chapters (like years) with no reference to what happened in that time. And there were some key elements of the story that I felt were never developed at all.

So, I guess my overall opinion is mostly positive. I definitely think the story was worth reading. I'm not sure I would pick up another read by the same author. (I believe this was her debut novel.) But, then again I might. I'm sure it is much easier for me to be a critic than an author. :-)

I received a free copy of this as an ebook for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT July 25, 2011
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This book is wonderful! I loved the way she showed how Alzheimer's disease affects the entire family not just the individual who has the disease. Great ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delivery By Diana Prusik July 25, 2011
By Jagette
Format:Kindle Edition
Delivery is Diana Prusik's debut novel. It takes place mostly at Wilson's Florist in a small town called Mount Helicon. Livi is the older daughter of the owner and she works with her sister, Gretta and two other employees. A florist in a small town knows more news than the local paper.

At first I found the story line hard to follow. There were a lot of flashbacks and it seemed that they would be back at the present when you thought they were still remembering. As tangled as the story line was this was a funny, entertaining, forgiving and also heartbreaking book. At times you were laughing and the next you needed a tissue. By the time I got really interested in the book it was over. I felt there was a lot of the story line left unfinished. You were left wondering well what happened to so and so. I just felt the ending could have been a little clearer.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. A book review has been posted on my blog and also on Amazon.

I would like to thank Tyndale for proving me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivery Delivers July 9, 2011
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I'm not much of a reviewer. You can probably tell that by the number of reviews I've posted, but when a book touches me, I have no problem letting people know it.

Delivery by Diana Prusik is one of those books.

You will cry unless you have a heart of stone.

You will hurt if you've ever loved and lost.

You will laugh over passages that evoke memories.

And you will feel hope when you close this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Live to Give
Fantastic read. I especially like the ending. :) This very simple and warm story shows how we as Christians are called to live. Bravo!
Published 4 months ago by Leahs Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 5 months ago by Gretchen Engel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Interesting characters. Good wholesome book. The book has a message for all of us. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 6 months ago by SM
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Delivery is a very engaging book. I loved all the flower details having to do with the shop and the wonderful characters in the town. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary E. Hanks
4.0 out of 5 stars very satisfying
At the end of the book, I was disappointed that no mention was made of any resolution in the personal relationship between Livi and Daryl.
Published 10 months ago by Marilu
3.0 out of 5 stars it is okay
picked this up when it was free for a quick read. it is a great little cheap romance novel. but i am glad i got it for free because i wouldnt have actually bought this with my hard... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This book is funny, it's sad, you feel like you know each person in the book first hand.
Great book and I would love to read more from Diana.
Published 21 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I got this book from the free list for kindle and I loved the story! Kept me interested and I wanted more!
Published on March 4, 2013 by Wendy Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and truthful
What a compelling story! So true to life, especially in a small town. Friends and family can help us survive so much, but we need to recognize there is more. Read more
Published on February 23, 2013 by Book Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Very heartwarming story
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. About a flower delivery service a family owned. This book has some tender moments about every day life. Read more
Published on January 27, 2013 by Joanna Brown
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More About the Author

Diana Prusik holds a bachelor's degree in English, graduating summa cum laude as an honors scholar in English, and a master's degree in secondary education. She served as a Parents as First Teachers parent educator and an English instructor on the middle school, high school, and community college levels. In 2005, she departed from her education career in order to create art, photography, and fiction. A happily married mother of four, she lives in her native Sullivan, Missouri, where she draws and paints in her in-home studio, searches for God's beauty with her camera lens, and writes with every opportunity the Lord grants her. She is a member of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her debut novel, Delivery, placed three times in the Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest: 2008 finalist, 2009 semifinalist, and 2010 finalist. Diana's first place of employment, a small-town floristry rich with story ideas, inspired Delivery. She is blessed to still work there part-time as a floral designer, a position she has held since 1981.

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