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This Fine Life: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2010
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From the Back Cover
It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. When she returns to her privileged life at home, she isn't sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that she would find the answer waiting for her in the narrow stairwell of her father's apparel factory, exactly between the third and fourth floors?
In this unique and tender romance, popular author Eva Marie Everson takes you on a journey through the heart of a young woman bound for the unknown. Discover the joys of new love, the perseverance of deep friendship, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from a truly fine life.
Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker, a popular radio personality, and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club series and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is set in the late sixties, and Everson's historical details are exceptional. Her descriptions of clothing and hairstyles, settings and language ring true to anyone who lived then. The relationships are the most impressive example of this. It's hard now to grasp how different marriages were 40 years ago. Christian wives today may acknowledge that our husbands are the heads of our families and that God wants us to submit to them, but that means something different to us than it did before women's lib. Marriette marries a man who becomes a preacher. Thayne loves God, his wife and his calling, but he makes life changing decisions without consulting her and then expects her to be happy about them. It's enough to make me want to shake him. And yet, he is loved by everyone, including his wife.
As the story developed, I came to understand why it was Thayne's story. The situation he encounters doesn't appear until the end, but the climax will give you something to think about for a while. The solution is typical of the sixties and would be different if it were to occur today.Read more ›
My problem with the book wasn't so much the writing, or the religious overtones as the "sucker punch" at the end of the book - at least for me. The foreshadowing in the form of the first few pages seems to indicate a woman on the precipice of taking control of her life - a life dominated by her parents and then husband's desires and wishes. She doesn't know what she wants in life, and we are led to believe she will find her dream, her passion (which seemed to be a talent for home decor - given her family's business, this would've been a natural tie-in), her something.
Instead, she finds a way to continue to subvert whatever her own dreams may have been and bundle them neatly into what everyone expects her to be. There is no surprise here, no revelation (ha), no self-discovery or growth - the only concession to Mariette being a person in her own right with her own likes and dislikes is when her husband teases her in front of his congregation about not being able to fry a chicken (the crowd laughs and jibes back that she will provide deviled eggs - I was left with a "well, THANKS, hon" feeling there). She is a woman who seeks a happy ending (much as readers will, I suppose) at the expense of ever determining who is at the center of Mariette. Given the time-frame (and her father's interest in seeing her continue her education) I believe the author missed an opportunity to explore what was happening in the world at the time and how it would define and challenge a young wife who's been pulled into her husband's orbit while struggling also to find her relationship with God.Read more ›
Mariette marries the man of her dreams, a man her parents don't approve of, but one with hopes and plans for a future. When Thayne's future turns out to be one that Mariette never dreamed of, she perseveres and ultimately finds herself and finds God.
I enjoyed the southern, late 50's early 60's setting, and appreciated that Mariette's parents were so supportive and encouraging. This Fine Life was an absorbing story of one young woman's life and how it doesn't always go according to plan. However, like many of us, Mariette discovers that even the unexpected life can be fine and fulfilling.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I adored this book so much that I know I will read it again sometime. Having grown up in that era it spoke to me. How realistic the characters were! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Nurmi Hendriks
I'm a sucker for romantic books, so sad when I got to the end. I wonder what they're up to now. 🤔Published 1 month ago by jacara singleton
Great book-loved all the characters and the story line. Highly recommend this book!Published 4 months ago by 1964ski
I've been told that timing is everything. With that said, I think the timing for my reading this book was spot on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cindi
This Fine Life by Eva Marie Everson is a wonderfully written book portraying life in the South. Her characters stay with you long after you finish reading it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jennifer Hallmark
This is a book about a young woman who marries a man (against her parent's wishes), who feels called into the ministry. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jade Fancher