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Hometown Ties: A Novel (The Four Lindas) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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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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.
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The story line is interesting but the plot drags in places, particularly with "Abby". I found the religious undertones to be excessive.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is a very captivating story. Great- clean reading. Great author- looking forward to her next novel. Christian focus woven throughoutPublished 5 months ago by Carolyn J. Ries
I loved the story and the heart it shared. Real life issues shared with friends that step up to the plate and live life together. A warm read!! I enjoyed the Linda's.Published 6 months ago by Simicolon
This series by Melody Carlson is so good! Get the whole series at once because you are not going to want to wait in between books.Published 11 months ago by Jackie in MV, WA
Good story dealing with the not-so-perfect lives of four friends in their 50s and how their friendships help them cope with life. Fun read!Published 13 months ago by Janis Gill