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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Fiction (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805446907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805446906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Seitz (Prints Charming) continues to integrate fiction and scrapbooking themes in her new chick lit series, with mixed results. Thirty-year-old Tandy Sinclair is a hotshot attorney in Orlando, Fla., who is trying to quell memories of her homeless childhood. When an ethical dilemma causes Tandy to take a leave of absence from work, she heads home to the small town of Stars Hill, Tenn. There, she runs into her hunky high school sweetheart, who has started a band and now runs a cafe. Tandy's three adopted and diverse sisters (in an equal-opportunity contrivance that feels forced, one is Asian, one African-American and one Caucasian) urge Tandy to re-evaluate her priorities and give her old flame a second chance. References to scrapbooking are worked into as many scenes as possible, which will please hobbyists. However, problems plague the novel, including prolonged passages, lengthy back-to-back dialogue and too much mechanical detail. Other passages are breathlessly dramatic (Daddy waited down that winding gravel path. Daddy—and a lifetime of memories). The timeworn cliché of the city girl returning home to the country to find love and wisdom is in full force, and the ending holds no surprises. Plans call for each book in the series to feature a different sister; readers will hope subsequent installments have more substance. (Jan.)
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Review

Seitz hits the right note with the first book in her series featuring four adopted sisters sharing a love for scrapbooking. Tandy's character is fascinating, and readers will take to her and her desire to redeem her past. The romance is sweet and adds an extra dimension to the plot.
 
Melisa Parcel
Romantic Times Book Reviews


. . . a memorable tale of love, tough choices, truth and tears. I love the characters and family connection in this sweet story. It is passionate, if not intense."
 
Church Libraries
Winter 2007-2008


"An interesting tale starring an unhappy urbanized sibling finding love and happiness by returning to her urban roots."
 
"An entertaining tale with a fascinating concept of diverse adopted sisters who are also best friends always there for one another as affirmed by the theraputic scrapbooks they maintained."
 
Harriett Klausner
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More About the Author

Rebeca Seitz was born to the son of a coal miner and the daughter of a farmer. She spent the first 8 years of her life on the farm in Tennessee, which her family had worked since the 1700s. Most days she could be found in the haylofts with a batch of kittens nearby, a Nancy Drew book in hand, and an RC cola and Debbie Cake waiting in the wings. She wrote her first story - about a magic cornstalk - just before her third grade year, when the family left the farm life for a more town-centric life alongside other branches of the family tree. Rebeca escaped the fear of transition by delving further into her storybook world, spending hours with the words of Madeleine L'Engle, Janette Oke, Davis Bunn, Grace Livingston Hill, Phyllis Whitney, and more. Nearly three years after moving, she'd landed her first job: shelving books at the local library.

After earning her B.A. in Communications and Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Rebeca embarked on a career in politics and promotion. Four years after graduation, she melded her love of story with her promotional skills to become the first dedicated fiction publicist for Thomas Nelson Publishers. One year later, having resigned from Nelson and opened Glass Road (glassroadmm.com), Rebeca signed the contract to publish her first novel, PRINTS CHARMING. Four additional novels were soon contracted by another publishing house and released. Meanwhile, Glass Road grew by leaps and bounds, serving authors all over the nation and working with numerous publishing houses to secure coverage in a wide variety of media outlets including USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, The Today Show, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and more.

Along the way, Rebeca earned her Master's in Mass Communication, presented her research findings while earning that degree at the International Christian Retail Show alongside Bowker, co-wrote three nonfiction memoirs, and expanded into film and TV. She has taught at numerous writers conferences on the topics of promotion and creating a multi-media approach to story exploitation. In 2014, she sold Glass Road to BelieversPress. She continues to serve as its President. She is also CEO of the non-profit SON: Spirit Of Naples (spiritofnaples.com), which helps Christians to create mainstream films, TV shows, books, and other entertaining media.

Rebeca makes her home in Naples, Florida with her husband, two children, and a dog who is routinely mistaken for a footstool. Learn more at rebecaseitz.com.

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Easy, reading and good story line.
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This is a delightful read and I look forward to the continuation of the series.
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You will laugh, but you will also shed a tear or two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In Orlando, Florida, thirtyish attorney Tandy Sinclair knows logically that she has come a long way from her homeless childhood, but emotionally remains insecure though she hides her doubts at work. Still she works incredible hours at Meyers, Briggs and Stratton keeping clients out of jail and off her to insure the fat check keeps coming. However, the Hope House embezzlement case places Tandy in a morality strait jacket. Her client Harry Simons admitted his guilt of taking funds that target the homeless.

Tandy takes a leave of absence to return home to Stars Hill, Tennessee where her three adopted sisters Meg, Kendra, and Joy still reside. The trio advises their sibling to reconsider her life goals as defending the guilty is ripping her gut even if it keeps her from sleeping on a beach. They also encourage her to give her former boyfriend Clay Kelner a second chance. Through all this her sisters show her the good times commemorated in scrapbooks; some electronic.

The first SISTER'S INK book (three to follow) is an interesting tale starring an unhappy urbanized sibling finding love and happiness by returning to her rural roots. The story line is at its best when Tandy argues for a pragmatic look at life especially the plight of the homeless; shaving, deodorant, and change of clothing are not easily accessible. The use of scrapbooks is a fascinating way to look back on the past without dwelling to long; however that technique is overdone and eventually feels intrusive. Still this is an entertaining tale with a fascinating concept of diverse adopted sisters, who are also best of friends always there for one another as affirmed by the therapeutic scrapbooks they have maintained.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz is the first book about the Sinclair sisters. Tandy is a successful business attorney in Orlando when she's given a leave of absence for insulting a client. She returns home to Stars Hill, Tenn to lick her wounds in the warmth of her family's love. Sister Meg has three children and is a homeschooling maven. Joy is a gourmet chef and newly married. Kendra is single and still trying to find her place in life through her artwork. Their father is a pastor, and they all still ache for the loss of their mother. It's this loss that has fueled Tandy's need to succeed and kept her from returning to the small town life she loves. Her life is further turned upside down by the reappearance of her high school love Clay, who has opened a diner in downtown Stars Hill. Because this is chick lit, the ending is never in doubt, but the route Seitz takes to get there is full of sweet sisterly dialogue, humorous small town characters (without being characters that populate so many novels about small towns), faith, and lessons about love. The Sinclairs adopted all of their girls, so they each come with baggage and heartache. Tandy feels the weight of her mother's expectations. All of the storylines are woven around the sisters' love of scrapbooking. I love to scrapbook, even though I'm all thumbs at it, and this book is inspiration for both your faith and your scrapbook jones.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on September 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
The back cover states "The first series written by, for, and about scrapbooks." I have to be honest I first hesitated to read this book steeped in scrapbook knowledge because I'm not addicted to this hobby. On the other hand I do have family members who are, so I reconsidered. I plunged into this story in hopes of learning more about scrapbooking and the people who do this. I'm happy to report I'm glad I did. A few pages into this story I was delighted to find out this book was about so much more than scrapbooking.

This heartwarming story pleasantly surprised me with its humor that got me to smile real big and even laugh out loud several times. Rebeca captures the essence of what goes on between sisters, their love, fun, joy, heart ache and bond. The sisterhood described in this book made me miss the fun and laughter I have with my own sisters.

Tandy Sebatian is single, self-reliant, unattached, successful attorney in a prestigious law firm in Orlando, Florida who is forced to take a leave of absence from her job. Things have heated up on this one case. She is asked get off this case and stay away until things cool off.

Home!! How long has it been? Too long since she was able to be hugged by her sisters and Dad. Home!! Memories of Laughter, good food and scrapbooking. Home!! That sounded so good to her right now. Tandy headed for Stars Hill - which was her childhood home. She hasn't been there in 10 years. She re-discovers emotional baggage she had forgotten, memories she cherished, people she loved, the relationship she missed with her sisters, and dad.

Tandy also starts thinking "God was easier in Orlando, she could keep him at arm's length by standing anonymously among thousands of people in a mega sanctuary.
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By Deborah VINE VOICE on March 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I seem to be on a crafting kick in my reading choices lately. Books about knitting, quilting, crafts in general and now scrap booking. I don't do any of these, nor do I really have any interest in them, but I do like reading about the relationships that form due to close friendships that come from these hobbies. In this series, four adopted sisters bond together because of their love of scrap booking as well as love for each other and their family as a whole. I liked the aspect of the book and the fact that the girls are from different cultures. It's nice to read a Christian fiction book where color is not an issue, Kendra even dates a white guy who doesn't care about her ethnicity.

To be honest though, there were times when I did feel the story to be very cliched. I'm never a fan of the girl who has good job in big town and then gives it all back for family and finds romance back home in small town. Not that there's anything wrong with helping out family but I don't like it when guilt or manipulation is used to turn the character away from dreams they've had all their life. Also I am never a fan of using a guy to get a girl to come back to their roots. I wasn't really moved by Tandy and Clay's relationship. It seemed to me that they were picking up right where they left off and didn't have too much chemistry together for this book. Clay seemed like the type of guy who expected Tandy to do everything for him and didn't think much of what her plans or feelings might be. Also while I was very excited that there was a multi-racial cast, I felt at times that the women were not very realistic. I have sisters and we are close but we don't constantly refer to ourselves as the sisters in third person all the time, in fact it's very rare that we do.
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