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Hometown Ties: A Novel (The Four Lindas) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Four Lindas Series

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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?
 

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,581,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This was a very good book to read. I particularly enjoyed each chapter was about one of the main characters and what was happening with their life. It went back-and-forth from person to person, and I enjoy those types of books.
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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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Wow, who wouldn't want your childhood friends to all return to your hometown and live there again? Life draws them together from the long distances they once lived from each other. They may have lost the closeness they once had, but they rebuild it quickly thru a series of mishaps, joys and everyday living. The Lindas are there for each other thru thick & thin; just like you want your BFF to be..
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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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By Pamela J. Dunn on September 22, 2013
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What appealed to me was the age of the characters, since they are around my age. It was interesting to read about the daily challenges they encountered, especially Caroline. In spite of that, the book was mediocre overall. The ending did not feel like a closing. Also, some of the events were unrealistic in real life.
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This is the second book in The Four Linda's series. It is even better then the first one. It carried the reader along in all four of their lives. I really like how the friendship from when they were young has developed and continued into their adult lives. They take care of each other. It is really nice to read about women who are supportive of each other - not catty or back stabbing. I would wish everyone friends like them.

Someone said these books had a christian tone. I like it said that way. It is not preachy, but you know God is a part of their lives.

I am looking forward to reading the third one.

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By A Customer 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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