- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1516879724
- ISBN-13: 978-1516879724
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,119,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And yet, she decides to sell to her assistant and follow her husband. Granted, Tom does sweeten the deal by buying a bed & breakfast inn for Janine to run. She settles in there, and they begin to look for a church home. Things seem to be going swimmingly...until they're not.
Janine decides to go back to North Carolina for a visit of a few weeks and trains an employee in taking care of the business end of the inn. But while she had missed her family in NC while in NY, she also missed her husband in NY when she was on her vacation. So she goes home early for a 'sneak visit' as she is planning on going back to NC. What she found at 'home' was a shock to her. I know it was to me. I did not see that coming at all.
Having been on the receiving end of that same kind of betrayal, it was rather difficult to read. I certainly had some uncharitable, un-Christian thoughts about her husband and what should happen to him. So Janine retreats to North Carolina, to her family and friends there....and prepares to divorce Tom.
I wholeheartedly agree with that action, but divorce is still a difficult experience for people who were trying to have the whole Christian marriage package. (Not saying that other religions don't have the same experiences, but Janine's faith was very important to her.) If they made weddings half as difficult to pull off as they do divorces, the divorce rates would plummet.
While she's going through the divorce, which apparently is quite difficult in the book's world of North Carolina (something about being 'separated' for a year, I believe) Janine becomes involved with another man. At first it is innocent and Janine struggles with reconciling her faith to her new relationship.
I had difficulty reading the parts where Janine loses her faith in God due to choosing certain actions in conflict with the practice of her religion. But it was not an easy choice for her to make, and came after several instances where people she had believed to be 'Christian' were shown to be hypocrites.
In that sense, When Life Gives You Lemons, Drink Coffee! was not an easy read for me. Sometimes, it is easier to read books where life ties up pretty and shiny with wrapping paper and curling ribbon. But life has a mind of its own, and things don't always happen the way we would like them to. Ms. Martinez-Bey's book gave me a lot of food for thought and will stay with me for a long time.
(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.)
Janine had a good life. She was newly married to a wonderful man and had great friends and family. She owned her own bakery and was fully involved with her church. But when her husband accepts a job in New York and Janine is forced to leave her home town and everything that was familiar to her, she has no idea what she is in store for. She loves the B&B Tom bought for her, but something is still missing. When Janine tells Tom she has decided to go back to North Carolina for a visit her family, it angers him to the point he won’t even talk to her. Soon Janine starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together and makes a surprise visit to Tom. What she finds shakes her world and has her questioning her faith and wondering why this would happen.
Janine is now faced with starting her life all over again and she finds love and happiness where she never expected to find it.
Of course the first thing that caught my attention to this book was a character with the same name as mine. But once I started reading, I was fully engaged in the story. It’s personal and heartbreaking at first, but it wraps up with a very good message. Everything happens for a reason. You may not realize it as the time, but it makes sense in the end.