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Sincerely, Mayla [Kindle Edition]

Virginia Smith
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Book Description

In this heartwarming sequel to Just As I Am, Mayla Strong's life is finally starting to seem normal. She has been working at the same job for four years, living with a good friend, and enjoying a deep relationship with God. But when Mayla is suddenly laid off, the placid surface of her life is shattered.


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“Lord,” I said, swallowing past the tightness in my throat, “I know the Bible says You’ll take care of me. I guess now’s Your chance to prove it. And I sure would appreciate it if You don’t wait too long, okay?”

Will Mayla Strong’s life ever resemble normal? Just as she settles into a great place with God, everything else falls apart. In the course of a single week she loses her job, wrecks any chance at a relationship with Pastor Paul, gets the cold shoulder from her friend Stuart, and learns that Lindsey—the teenage sister of her late friend Alex—needs a place to stay. What good is being a control freak if nobody will do what you tell them?

Taking advantage of her newfound “vacation time,” Mayla flees to her grandmother’s house in Florida. But one by one, her problems follow . . . literally. In this touching sequel to Just As I Am, quirky Mayla Strong comes face-to-face with the responsibilities and joys of friends and family. As she tries to help her loved ones, Mayla begins to realize that God has all the answers—the trick is letting go long enough for Him prove it.

“Sincerely, Mayla is an honest book touching many issues young adults face today. Smith writes vibrant characters and tackles taboo subjects with grace and intelligence. She helps readers understand the beauty and complexity of every human being.

—Mary E. DeMuth
Author, Watching the Tree Limbs    

Virginia Smith is a writer of humorous novels, a speaker, and an avid scuba diver. She launched her career as a novelist with the release of Just As I Am in 2006, and has been cranking out God-honoring fiction ever since. Her other books include Stuck in the Middle and Murder by Mushroom. She and her husband, Ted, divide their time between Kentucky and Utah, and escape to the Caribbean as often as they can for diving trips.

About the Author

Virginia Smith is a writer of humorous novels, a speaker, a snow skier, a motorcycle enthusiast, and an avid scuba diver. Since leaving her twenty-year profession as a corporate director, she has written numerous books, including her debut, Just As I Am (Kregel Publications, March 2006) and Stuck in the Middle (Revell, February 2008). An energetic speaker, she loves to exemplify God's truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, Biblical Truth in Star Trek.

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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars -- April 18, 2009
Format:Paperback
Sincerely, Mayla was a great follow up to Just As I Am. At the beginning of the story the author expresses her hesitance in writing book two hoping that it will be able to stand up to book one that everyone enjoyed so much. Well, Virginia, no fears....it did! Mayla is back and is jobless. After the boss's niece moves in on Mayla job, Mayla begins to question herself. She has regrets about not going to college after high school and is stuck in a rut. However, after an interview in wet, snow soaked clothes (from trying to rescue a pet rabbit off the road), Mayla decides to head to Florida to visit the aunt and grandmother that she has not seen in years.

Aunt Louise and Grandmother were introduced in book one. Her father's relatives, she has lacked correspondence with them, after her mother's decision to end life support on her father, which led to anger and feelings of betrayal from the in-laws. From the moment Mayla jumps on the plane, readers are in for an action packed read! Lindsey, Alex's sister from book one is having struggles of her own and ends up hitchhiking to Kentucky and then greyhounding to Florida to discuss her problems with Mayla. Mayla is later saddled with an angry homosexual after his partner leaves him for Christianity! Meanwhile, don't forget about Pastor Paul. After confessing feelings for Paul, Mayla is turned down by the Pastor. So Mayla decides to get even by fabricating a love story about the music pastor from her Aunt and Grandmother's church. This really sets Mama's Tuesday night group to gossip!

I really enjoyed this book and once again the book was able to tackle many serious issues while remaining upbeat. I am impressed by Virginia Smith's work and am dying to get a hold of book three! I think that Mayla handled the situation with Lindsey well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!! Even better than the first! April 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Having thoroughly enjoyed "Just as I am", the first in this two book "Mayla" series I picked this one up and was not dissapointed in the least. Throughout the book Mayla faces a series of challenges that test both her patience and her faith. I was very impressed with the author in that she purposefully took on some spiritually and emotionally tough issues such as abortion and homosexuality, and handled them with scriptural accuracy as well as Jesus' grace, not the ungodly bigotry that sometimes surrounds these two issues. Kudos to you Ms. Smith! You even gave me the happily ever after ending I like in my books!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this story January 24, 2009
Format:Paperback
Sincerely, Mayla was a delight to read. Mayla, a bit quirky and headstrong, knows where she is going in life and doesn't mind telling people what they probably don't want to hear, but need to hear in order to know God and to grow.

She loses her job and moves in with her grandmother and aunt in Florida. But first, she needs to settle something with the pastor. Then she finds herself dealing with a troubled teenager who has gotten pregnant. And then there's the rabbit. Oh my!

Who else but God can help Mayla deal with life and the various circumstances we often find ourselves in? She's a headstrong Christian with a good heart, bent on straightening out a few things in her life. She's not one to "let things go".

Where else but in this book could you find a dysfunctional family, a pastor on the "rebound", a rabbit as stubborn as the person taking care of it, a teenager in trouble, a gay friend with a different point of view on Christianity, and then there's Mayla, with her hands full and right in the middle of everything!

I loved this story and wish now I had read Virginia Smith's first book about Mayla. Smith demonstrates her writing abilities to the fullest. Her story is smooth, her characters are real and she handles some of the toughest situations with ease and grace. I love it when a Christian book doesn't preach, but teaches the ways of God. Brilliantly and masterfully written, Smith has become another of my favorite authors. I look forward to reading more of her work.

I give Sincerely, Mayla 5 stars! A must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!! Even better than the first! April 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Having thoroughly enjoyed "Just as I am", the first in this two book "Mayla" series I picked this one up and was not dissapointed in the least. Throughout the book Mayla faces a series of challenges that test both her patience and her faith. I was very impressed with the author in that she purposefully took on some spiritually and emotionally tough issues such as abortion and homosexuality, and handled them with scriptural accuracy as well as Jesus' grace, not the ungodly bigotry that sometimes surrounds these two issues. Kudos to you Ms. Smith! You even gave me the happily ever after ending I like in my books!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Virginia Smith Winner June 5, 2008
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Sincerely Mayla is Virginia Smith's follow up to Just As I Am, where we first met Mayla Strong a young and very unconventional character and watched her come to faith. Sincerely Mayla brings us this lovable character as endearing as she was in book one, though a bit tamed in her appearance, sporting fewer piercings and less colorful hair.

In the thick of winter, Mayla finds herself unemployed, on the outs with Pastor Paul who Mayla discovers she has feelings for, and the proud owner of a pet that she finds in the middle of a storm. When faced with these disasters does Mayla do what every unemployed, lovesick, pet owning woman should do? No, of course, not. This is Mayla we're talking about here. She sets off for Orlando, not to visit the big mouse, but to reconnect with her grandmother and get away from her problems. But poor, Mayla. Her problems hop on the plane or zip through emails and the telephone to make her vacation anything but restful.

As an avowed suspense and mystery lover, I rarely make time for novels outside of this genre. Virginia Smith's books are one of the few exceptions. Smith does such a wonderful job of character development. She provides the reader with a unique cast doing battle with everyday issues and marries this with the struggle to live within their faith. Wrap all of this up with humor and a fun plot and you have one must read after another.

Sincerely Mayla certainly fits this mold and is another Smith winner. Through Mayla's innocence we see the world from a different perspective. We watch her struggle with her new faith and think about how we live out our own faith. Her innocence coupled with the basic desire to do the right thing makes Mayla a very loveable character. She faces the same life issues we all face and the reader can deeply empathize with Mayla, forming a strong bond with her. Don't miss Sincerely Mayla or any other Virginia Smith novel. Buy one today, you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mayla struggles with unrequited love, abortion
I rarely read the same book twice, but Sincerely, Mayla was worth it. Mayla struggles with unrequited love, abortion, homosexuality, family conflicts, forgiving and asking to be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marcia Hornok
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book! Wish she would write more!
Published 2 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars great sequel
Light and easy read. I loved reading how Mayla and her friends evolved during this story! Great book, great author! This series is a blessing!!!
Published 4 months ago by Shaniqua R Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more Mayla!
Loved this book! I want this series to continue!!! This series has been a great read for me, without a doubt.
Published 5 months ago by Paloma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed the sequal. Didn't want to put it down! Wish it wasn't over!
Published 7 months ago by nelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely book!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely written, easy to read
Nicely written, easy to read. Also easy to become involved with Mayla's life transformation, I feel like I know her and her familly & friends.
Published 8 months ago by V Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely
I enjoyed it but only gave it 3 stars for lack of realism. By the end of the book ALL of Mayla's friends are inspired by her and have accepted Christ and in reality that just... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lacy T
5.0 out of 5 stars Author: Virginia Smith
Virginia Smith's books have become some of my favorite books to read. Virginia Smith is a Christian, whose books teach a valuable life lesson as well as entertain the reader. Read more
Published 12 months ago by LindaEGT
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, even if you didn't read the first book
Not all sequels stand well on their own. Sincerely, Mayla breaks that mold. I enjoyed the fresh voice that Mayla brought to the book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clein
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More About the Author

VIRGINIA SMITH is the bestselling author of twenty-four novels, an illustrated children's book, and over fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. Her books have been finalists in ACFW's Carol Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, the Maggie Awards, and the National Reader's Choice Awards. Two of her novels, A Daughter's Legacy (2011) and Dangerous Impostor (2013) received the Holt Medallion Award of Merit. Learn more about Ginny and her books at www.VirginiaSmith.org.

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