Friday, April 2, 2010

As Young as We Feel by Melody Carlson

As Young as We Feel follows four girls who started a club called The Four Lindas in the first grade because they all shared the first name of Linda. But for various reasons, in High School they went their separate ways.

The story begins at the Four Lindas thirty fifth high school reunion in Clifden, Oregon. I've never been to the Pacific Northwest, but this could easily have taken place in my hometown of Rochdale, Massachusetts. Truly, these characters could have stepped out of any one's thirty fifth class reunion. The friends arrived for the usual class reunion experience. Except at this one a classmate has a heart attack on the dance floor and dies, causing the group to wonder where they are in their own lives, spurring some soul searching about life, love, family and what's next.

Melody Carlson's writing was so clear that it was as if she lifted this one from the pages of her own life (or mine). If you are a Christian you will find yourself asking these fictional women to pray, to seek the One who has the answers and is not surprised by the plot twists in their lives. You will read between the lines and relate to the Four Lindas as they continue to seek answers to the big questions.

I'm challenging myself to do the same.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

As Young As We Feel

David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2010)


Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards. And her "Diary of a Teenage Girl" series has received great reviews and a large box of fan mail.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives … together?

Once upon a time in a little town on the Oregon coast lived four Lindas—all in the same first-grade classroom. So they decided to go by their middle names. And form a club. And be friends forever. But that was forty-seven years and four very different lives ago. Now a class reunion has brought them all together in their old hometown—at a crossroads in their lives.

Janie is a high-powered lawyer with a load of grief. Abby is a lonely housewife in a beautiful oceanfront empty nest. Marley is trying to recapture the artistic free spirit she lost in an unhappy marriage. And the beautiful Caroline is scrambling to cope with her mother’s dementia and a Hollywood career that never really happened. Together, they’re about to explore the invigorating reality that even the most eventful life has second acts … and friendship doesn’t come with a statue of limitations.

If you would like to read the first chapter of As Young As We Feel, go HERE.

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1 comment:

Patti Lacy said...

Cheryl, thanks for introducing me to yet another great-sounding book.
The pile is growing though I've been devouring 'em lately...