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In this second installment of Melody Carlson’s engaging Four Lindas series, four fifty-something women discover you really can go home again…but it’s not always easy!
After decades out of touch, four fifty-something childhood friends have returned to the little coastal town of Clifden, Oregon, where they grew up. They look forward to supporting one another as they reinvent their lives. But second acts can be a challenge, and each woman feels the stretch. Widowed lawyer Janie struggles to leave the past behind and move forward. Emerging artist Marley wrestles with “painter’s block.” Empty-nester Abby fears no one takes her seriously, while beautiful Caroline has all she can do to keep her Alzheimer’s-patient mother at home…and wearing clothes! Plus, old resentments and new misunderstandings are beginning to strain the friendships they all count on. Can the Four Lindas sisterhood continue to thrive in the close quarters of one little hometown?

About the Author

Melody Carlson is the bestselling author and award-winning (Gold Medallion, Rita) author of more than 150 books for adults, children, and teens—including book one in this series: As Young As We Feel. She lives with husband, Chris, in the Pacific Northwest, near their two grown sons and granddaughter.



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Product Details

  • Series: The Four Lindas (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764958
  • ASIN: B004J8HZY8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on September 30, 2010
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Years ago, four little girls named Linda attended the same school and were in the same class. To avoid confusion they started going by their middle names, but they became instant friends. Now, they are all in their early fifties, and once again living in the same hometown, but their friendship is rediscovering itself.

Caroline's mother has Alzheimer's and when Caroline makes a routine trip to the grocery store, her mother vanishes. When hunting for her in the neighborhood, Caroline gets the disturbing news that her mother is naked down by the wharf. By the time Caroline arrives, there is a police stand-off and her mother is holed up on a docked fishing boat, threatening to jump. Caroline calls her friend and lawyer, Janie, who relocated to Oregon to hopefully put the past behind her, to come and help.

Marley is trying to get in touch with her artistic side and is suffering from "Painter's block," yet she is quick to jump into help with Janie calls for help with Caroline's mom. And soon, the remaining Linda "Abby" is there, toting hamburgers and fries for the mother. Abby is going through marital problems as she struggles with having an "empty nest."

As the four friends struggle to find themselves, yet care for each other's needs in the process, they grow and change. But can they start to thrive in the same small town they grew up in?

HOMETOWN TIES is the second book in the Four Linda's series. Readers will want to read the first book in the series as this is a continuing story, and does not stand alone.

I was instantly drawn into the story as it opens with Caroline and her mother, and I had to admire her as she dealt with her mom and that situation. My heart broke for the mother, and the entire situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gfrscrap on September 21, 2010
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It was great so see mature women going through real life issues and supporting one another in the process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ane Mulligan on September 23, 2010
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Melody Carlson creates characters that become your friends. I felt like the fifth Linda, weeping and laughing along with them. I'm not ready to let them go and hope there's a third book in this series. I'd like to see what happens to them. Novel Journey gives Hometown Ties a high recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2010
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After failing to stay in touch with one another for years, the fiftyish four Lindas have reconnected. They attended elementary school in the same class starting in first grade at Clifden, Oregon. As they became BFFs, each agreed to use their middle names to reduce the Linda confusion. Now as each does their life over, they vow to help one another achieve their objective though success will prove difficult to even define.

Widow attorney Janie still grieves the death of her beloved spouse. Abby has not adapted to the empty nest syndrome as she has defined herself as a mother for ages. Painter Marley feels burned out as she cannot finish a canvas. Finally Caroline finds being her Alzheimer's suffering mother's caretaker extremely strenuous and testing as she has almost no life of her own anymore.

The second Four Lindas tale is an inspiring story based on the premise that a person can achieve so much to overcome what eats at their soul especially when we have loving people in our corner encouraging our fight. Although the plot is thin and it helps to better understand the quartet by reading the previous book As Young As We Feel, fans will relish Melody Carlson's heartwarming concept that with faith and loved ones, a person can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on October 14, 2010
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There aren't many books in Christian fiction that showcase women over the age of 50 being extremely active and fit. Most books tend to display them as being close to elderly, wanting to be grandmothers, meddling in their children's lives or becoming busybodies in their neighborhood. However Melody Carlson has shown a different side to passing that "over the hill" milestone. This book shows that while there are different challenges that a 50 something will face than a 20 something will, life can still be unpredictable and fun if good friends are always close by.

As with the first book in the series, the story revolves around four women who were childhood friends connected by a shared first name. After reconnecting after many years, they have found a rekindled friendship that has become crucial as they now face new challenges in their lives. The story is divided into chapters from each woman's point of view. Personally I once again found Caroline and Abby's stories to be the most interesting. Caroline is dealing with a mother who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. It's truly heartbreaking to read about her experiences in dealing with the disease and seeing how it's affected her mother. Abby's story continues with her overbearing husband who puts her down constantly, leaving her emotionally fragile. She thinks that he is having an affair but cannot confirm this. Her story was very emotional as she struggles with her feelings and those towards her husband. I didn't find Marley or Janie's stories to really add to the story. They were interesting but compared to Caroline and Abby, they just felt like filler material until I got back to the other two. Still, reading about how the four friends help out each other is very heartwarming.
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