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The Sisterhood of the Queen Mamas (Life, Faith & Getting It Right #17) (Steeple Hill Cafe) Paperback – December 1, 2006

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In this engaging novel from Jones (The Snowbirds; Sadie-in-Waiting), an unlikely gaggle of women are drawn together by the Five Acres of Fabulous Finds Flea Market and become friends. Narrator Odessa and her friend Maxine are both pastors' wives of a certain age, and both love to meddle in other ladies' love lives. They set up the voluptuous Bernadette with a single pastor who's just moved to town, and they intervene when they suspect that another woman's boyfriend may be abusing her. In their spare time, they also try to figure out what's gone wrong between 40-something Jan, who still has the figure of a co-ed, and her taciturn husband. Along the way, Odessa realizes that her own marriage isn't perfect. An innovative, chatty opening chapter will hook readers. Jones has a sure hand with dialogue, and she is often laugh-out-loud funny. The novel's not flawless—though the characters are charming, the plot is a little thin, and some of the awkward, overt references to scripture and faith ("Ecclesiastes reminds us there is a time to be silent and a time to speak") could be cut. Still, fans of Robin Jones Gunn and Neta Jackson will enjoy Odessa and Maxine's adventures, as faith-based chick lit reaches a mature crowd. (Nov. 28)
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About the Author

Multi-award-winning author Annie Jones lives in Kentucky with her husband, two children, two dogs and way too many characters inside her head waiting for her to tell their story.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373785577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373785575
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah VINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Odessa and Maxine are best friends, pastor's wives and flea market fiends. Between the two of them are years of experience and wisdom. Which is why they feel that they are called to help out other women they see in need. From helping Bernadette find a boyfriend to Chloe's complete makeover to finding out what's really going on with seeming perfect Jan, the duo do their best to keep a lookout for others.

I liked the premise of the story. I love shopping for bargains so it was fun to read about having a booth in a flea market. The characters are really zany and very colorful. You can tell that they enjoy life and want to help others to see life as they do. I liked Bernadette and the quest to get a boyfriend for her. And I so wanted to smack Odessa's husband throughout most of the book for having to make her suffer. I felt really sad that she felt that way as a pastor's wife. I'm sure that there are many of them out of there who feel the exact same way. However I didn't feel that this was the author's best work. I really liked her mom-lit novels and was hoping this would have been along the lines except for an older audience. Instead, the storyline is rather confusing and I never really did gel with the characters. The prologue in the beginning with Odessa and Maxine trading off the narration really confused me because I couldn't tell who was who. I just felt like I never really got into the story which was sad to me because I do enjoy Annie's other books. It could be because I'm not the target age group for the book. So maybe if you're in the hen-lit crowd, you'll find that this book is perfect for you.
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I always enjoy annie jones books. This book was good but not one of my favorites. Slow start. Very good message once you get into the book.
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This book was absolutely hilarious and refreshing. I would guess that people under 55 might not be able to relate to it, but the ladies 55 and over will thoroughly enjoy the adventures of Odessa and Maxine.
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