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The sister circle
Bright, Vonette Z.
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Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, [2003]

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339 pages ; 21 cm
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The Sister Circle, book one of this charming contemporary series, introduces Peerbaugh Place, the quaint Victorian house that becomes a refuge to seven women of vastly different ages, personalities, and backgrounds. Through struggles and triumphs, the women forge a special bond of sisterhood. Readers will find their own place in the circle, gaining insight into their own spiritual gifts, as they laugh and cry with each of these women.

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Booklist Review

Novelist Keith and retired submariner Wallace agreeably join forces in this thriller of submarines versus drug lord Juan de Santiago, whose ambitions seem to run to being a Colombian Saddam Hussein. Facing him are a DEA agent who has been fighting Santiago for years, and Bill Beaman, the leader of a team of Navy SEALs operating off the aging attack submarine Spadefish, commanded by Jonathan Ward. The action proceeds and in some places wanders from Colombia to Seattle, Washington, and across the land and under the sea, too, realizing a full quota of vivid combat scenes and a comparatively high body count along the way. Disbelief that drug-lord dictators could find high-tech subs handy must be suspended, but once it is, heck, relax and enjoy. And if you're aware of what sailors feel when a beloved ship reaches the end of her career, the book eventually achieves real power. Above average for its salty breed. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sisterhood provides endless fodder for fiction, and when you combine this timeworn topic with the CBA market's current inclination to bring a nonfiction author and an up-and-coming novelist together to pen a series, some healthy skepticism is in order. In the first installment of the Sister Circle series, newly widowed 56-year-old Evelyn Peerbaugh must take in boarders to make ends meet. Her rooms fill up with a motley crew-Mae Fitzpatrick, an aging hippie who drives a old VW bug and runs a jewelry business called Silver-Wear; single mom Audra Taylor and her precocious five-year-old daughter, Summer; and the elderly Tessa Klein, a harsh Christian widow-described by Evelyn's horrified son Russell as "an overaged floozy, an unwed mother, an illegitimate child, and a judgmental grandma." Throw in her frequent visitors, and Evelyn is soon popping antacids like candy. Unfortunately, the plot is fairly hackneyed-there's the mandatory evangelical Christian conversion scene, and readers can see the groundwork being laid for predictable developments in future installments. The novel's strength is in its multifaceted and sometimes unexpected characterizations: Tessa, for example, though the only practicing Christian residing in the household, is also the least lovable character. Moser, as she did in The Seat Beside Me, showcases her ability to pull off multiple characters and points of view without losing the pacing of the story. However, like her previous book, this one suffers from some preachy passages in places where a more subtle touch might have proven more effective. (Feb.) Forecast: Despite the occasional heavy-handedness, and with Bright's well-known name tagged with Moser's, this series should do well in the CBA market. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved