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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: BellaVita Press; 1st edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615289770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615289779
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A fun and highly recommended read that shouldn't be overlooked." --Midwest Book Review

"Heartbreaking and at times hilarious" -- July 2009 Book of the Month --LoveWebRadio.com

"Mourning Becomes Cassandra has some of the most well-developed characters of any contemporary novel." Chosen Top Four of 2010 --DailyCheapReads.com

"We've had well over a hundred sponsoring authors at Kindle Nation these past few months, yet I can count on the fingers of one hand the authors about whom I have written to my contacts among publishing industry editors, acquisitions people, and literary agents. Christina Dudley will be the sixth, and I will be surprised, when you've downloaded Mourning Becomes Cassandra and read it, if you disagree." --Kindle Nation Daily

About the Author

Christina Dudley's novel EVERLIVING was called "spooky and romantic" and chosen as a Staff Favorite by the University of Washington Bookstore. Her debut novel MOURNING BECOMES CASSANDRA was a LoveWebRadio Book-of-the-Month and chosen Top Four of 2010 by DailyCheapReads.com. At the urging of her readers, she penned MOURNING's sequel THE LITTLEST DOUBTS. For the younger readers, her MIA AND THE MAGIC CUPCAKES garnered a 2010 Zola Award for Best Children's Picture Book.

Her latest fictional adventure THE BERESFORDS updates Jane Austen's MANSFIELD PARK, re-envisioning the heroine as a young teenager in 1985.

When not writing, Dudley can be found crashing local books clubs, acting in Sunday school skits, and speaking for love or money to any large group that will have her. She also blogs for the Bellevue (WA) Farmers Market as the UrbanFarmJunkie. More than you ever wanted to know about her can be found at her eponymous website. She and her family live in Bellevue, Washington.

More About the Author

The Seattle Times called Christina Dudley's THE BERESFORDS "ingenious and entertaining" in its modern retelling of Jane Austen's MANSFIELD PARK, and Austenprose's Lisa Galek declares, "I would rank The Beresfords with some of the best Austen updates I've ever read or seen."

Dudley's previous novel EVERLIVING was chosen as a Staff Favorite by the University of Washington Bookstore, whose reviewer described it as "spooky and romantic," while her debut was selected as a LoveWebRadio Book-of-the-Month and chosen Top Four of 2010 by DailyCheapReads.com. At the urging of her readers, she penned MOURNING's sequel THE LITTLEST DOUBTS. For the younger readers, her MIA AND THE MAGIC CUPCAKES garnered a 2010 Zola Award for Best Children's Picture Book.

Her latest venture is a series of traditional Regency romances, called "The Hapgoods of Bramleigh," of which THE NATURALIST (November 2013) is the first volume. A VERY PLAIN YOUNG MAN, the second volume, is expected Spring of 2014.

When not writing, Dudley can be found crashing local books clubs, acting in Sunday school skits, and speaking for love or money to any large group that will have her. She also stuffs herself blogging for the Bellevue (WA) Farmers Market as the UrbanFarmJunkie. More than you ever wanted to know about her can be found at her eponymous website. She and her family live in Bellevue, Washington.

Customer Reviews

This is a book I will read multiple times, and I look forward to the sequel.
Marie D. Cummings
Kept me turning the pages, and I was truly sad to be leaving The Palace at the end of the book.
Christian Literature Enthusiast
I think Christina Dudley is a very talented writer and her story flows smoothly.
Glad Meiers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Corneille on June 17, 2009
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Since I haven't traditionally been a huge fan of Christian fiction (especially Christian romance) I was a bit wary about reading this book. I was intrigued by the subject matter, however, and I'm so glad I gave it a chance! My idea of a great book is one that makes me both laugh out loud and reach for the Kleenex, and this one delivered. It was in turns romantic, heart-breaking, hilarious, and inspiring. Not a bit of sentimental cheese in sight, just the genuine emotional rollercoaster of a woman trying to re-establish her life after a devastating loss. Cass was so well developed I feel like I've known her my whole life, and her gang of friends was so much fun I wanted to claim them for my own.

Dudley doesn't shy away from Christian truths, but the book never feels forced. Rather, the characters' various walks with God are fully integrated into the plot without conforming to any literary formula. In fact, the realistic depictions of disappointment with God and the many struggles of at-risk teens are what set this book apart from most Christian fiction.

Great read- I can't wait for the sequel!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Karen B on October 5, 2010
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This was a believable and entertaining story about what a young widow does to move on with her life. Her thoughts and inner struggles are real. As an avid fan of Christian fiction, the only thing I had a problem with was the large amount of F-bombs in the book. Yes, I understand that a troubled teen would really talk that way. I just think if the target market is Christian readers, more will be turned off by this. And because of this, I probably would not recommend it to my friends, at least not without a word of caution.

Language aside, the story was very good and very difficult to put down. I particularly liked how the author used little one sentence snippets to give you a glimpse of something to come. This was a fantastically creative way to move the story forward.

So, readers, if you can stomach some offensive language, the story is worth it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marie D. Cummings on June 17, 2009
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Christina Dudley has hit a home run in her first at-bat with Mourning Becomes Cassandra. Brilliantly funny and simultaneously touching, the "moral of the story" comes with none of the in-your-face preaching that I would have associated with a book labeled as "Christian fiction," but with such power and conviction that even the most jaded agnostic would have to pause and ponder its message.

From the very beginning, the characters are warm, real, and fun; people I would definitely want in my life. I truly felt invested as they all grew and discovered the truths about themselves.

This is a book I will read multiple times, and I look forward to the sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie P. Olmstead on June 28, 2009
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This book was a page turner. The character development, fabulous. I can hardly wait to read more about Cass, Joanie, Phyl, James and Daniel in Dudley's sequel to this book.
It gives a deep insight in to young widowhood,friends,family,values, forgiveness, troubled teens, and faith.
Christina Dudley has a wonderful gift of writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly Kisly on September 20, 2010
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First, I must confess that I did read this in a day and a half so it probably deserves more than 3 stars. Although the writing style is humorous the subject matter is not. It is the story of Cassandra, a young women whose husband and 18-month-old child die in a car accident. We pick up Cassandra about a year after the accident when she is starting to make her first steps out of grief. And perhaps because the author purposefully by-passes that first year (except for a few paragraphs), I found the treatment of the deaths unbelievable. I also found it odd that people reacted more emotionally to the death of Troy (the husband) than to Min (the child)
Moreover, there are two love interests, one a good Christian boy and one about as bad-boy as one can get. Of course, as women love the challenge of fixing the bad-boy, guess who is more interesting?
This book has little if any spiritual take-away which I tend to expect from Christian fiction. I can't even call it inspirational fiction...but I would certainly call it a fun romance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By momof4 on June 19, 2009
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This book was fabulous! It was both funny and moving and had me alternating between laughing out loud and tears! The characters were so real to life I found myself wanting to meet them. While an easy read the book dealt with some serious real life issues-handling them with delicacy and respect. Some of the dialogues between characters were priceless. I am already ready to read the sequel. I loved this book and have recommended it to all my friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Lindsay Williams on July 6, 2009
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This is such a fun read! It is full of sarcasm and humor and characters that you care about from the start. The book addresses difficult topics and moral questions in a delightful thought- provoking way. If you have teens in your life, you will enjoy the spot-on descriptions of a not so typical teen's world. I am looking forward to hearing more about Cass, Daniel and Nadina in Dudley's sequel to this book. I hope it is coming quick!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monica on April 6, 2012
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So many of the reviews mention both the religious perspectives and the foul language in this book. This is definitely a Christian fiction book. If you are not a Christian then you will probably not like it. The main character Cass is a Christian who has suffered a huge loss and she is wrestling with God. I love how the author was not afraid to let her Christian characters deal with the realities of living in a fallen world. Most Christian fiction tends to wrap everything up in a neat little bundle and give the empression that being a Chrstian means easy living, albeit boring living. Not so with this one.

Which leads to the language issue. After reading the other reviews I expected to find f-bombs plastered across every page. A slight exaggeration. The first signs of foul language came with the first at-risk teenager character. I loved that the Christians didn't all run away screaming when they encountered a few bad words; instead, the teen mentors were loving and caring and worked hard to build relationships with the teens. Eventually the foul mouthed teens even started apologizing for their bad language and tried to change their bad habits.

All in all, this book is sweet, sincere, thought provoking and a challenge to me to love people where they are, just like Jesus does.
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