THINGS WORTH REMEMBERING Paperback – Sep 2009
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From the Back Cover
Maisey asked for a bride doll the Christmas she was five, mesmerized by her aunt's wedding the fall before. Since then I've been dreaming of the day, or days, we would shop for her wedding dress. A mother helping her daughter find just the right creation for that momentous walk down the aisle strikes me as one of life's happiest endeavors. The night she called to tell us she'd bought her "dream of a gown," I sat beside Luke on the couch, a striking contrast to Maisey's exuberance. My dejection seemed a tad inappropriate. "Being hurt because I wasn't included is silly, isn't it?" I asked. "Not so silly," he said. Will I ever quit longing for the Maisey who was once mine?_ Kendy Laswell and her daughter, Maisey, used to do everything together--until one fateful summer when everything changed. Now, Maisey is back home to get married, and Kendy is determined to reconnect with her daughter. But can a bond so long broken ever be restored?
About the Author
Jackina (rhymes with China) Stark recently retired from teaching English at Ozark Christian College to spend more time writing and traveling. During twenty-eight years she taught at OCC, she traveled nationally and internationally to speak and teach, and wrote many articles for denominational magazines. She and her husband, Tony, live in Carl Junction, Missouri, and have two daughters and six grandchildren.
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend you have tissue with you while reading this book, because you will cry. I totally did and I am not ashamed to say that. This book was written in such a way that I felt I was one of the characters. I love it when I can read a book and feel like I am right there!
This book proves just how important it is to not take our relationships for granted, and to forgive past issues. I know from experience that if you do not move on from the past, you are only depriving yourself from a wonderful future! Forgiveness is not easy, but it is necessary. Also, how can we not forgive others, when we ourselves have been forgiven of our wrongdoings by Jesus Christ; this is seen throughout the book as well.
This book was easy to read, and a quick read as well. I read it in a couple days. I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up.
Forgiveness is something that we all long for, but is often hard to give. Jackina paints a realistic picture of how a family secret can sit, unspoken and not dealt with, rotting away the foundations of trust within a family. Both Kendy and Maisey have to deal with the ghosts of the past, and with the wedding getting closer, it is easy to find other things to occupy the time.
Jakina's style is very interesting. The story takes place over a week, written in the first person present. A large portion of the story is told through flashbacks as both mother and daughter think about what has brought them to this place. I love the theme of forgiveness that is written into the narrative. I would recommend this book.
(I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing.)
But when the kids arrive, Maisey says she's tired and goes straight to bed. Kendy hides her disappointment but inside asks, for the thousandth time, what is at the root of her daughter's avoidance of her?
In Things Worth Remembering, Jackina Stark takes us through the week before Maisey's wedding. Through the first-person voices of Kendy and Maisey we live those memorable six days, but much more, as incidents trigger memories. These, plus Maisey's surprising outburst on Wednesday and a health crisis on Thursday work together to create a heart-wrenching story about mothers and daughters, marriage, unfaithfulness, family, love, and forgiveness.
The story is seen through the lens of a Christian worldview. Stark works the faith of her characters into the story in a way that is seamless and feels organic to its plot and characters.
Being a daughter myself and the mother of a daughter, I related to Kendy at a gut level. Maisey's rudeness to her mother and the way she shut her out of all her wedding plans and activities made me wish I could take Kendy aside and tell her shed better stop acting so passive and make an effort to get to the bottom of their rift.
Altogether the book flew by far too fast for me. The way it explores the mother-daughter relationship and forgiveness make it an excellent choice for individuals or reading groups. (Discussion questions are available from the author's web site.)
(I received this book from Bethany House for review purposes.)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Growing up Maisey had a wonderful relationship with her mother, until the fateful day that Maisey sees something she shouldn't. Now Maisey is grownup and about to get married. She has held this secret back her entire life, and her relationship with her mother is almost non-existent, because of the bitterness and resentment Maisey has held onto all these years. Kendy, Maisey's mother does not understand Maisey's attitude toward her. She has been left out of all the wedding plans entirely and has not been able to get close to Maisey for years. Not that Maisey is coming home for the wedding, Kendy hopes to get some answers. But when she finds out the secret Maisey has been holding onto for years, nothing can stop the rush of memories and emotions.
Wonderful book, filled with redemption, forgiveness and love!
Beyond the writing, the story was actually quite engaging. The storyline was fresh and had just enough suspense to keep you reading. The story was well laid out throughout the book, although the ending seemed a bit "dumped" on your lap.
I'm not sure I'd read Jackina Stark again, though I did enjoy her story, I didn't enjoy her writing style.
Jackina Stark has an amazing way of delving deep into her characters and bringing them to life. Kendy and Maisey are incredible people in their own rights and then Luke (Kendy's husband) and Marcus (Maisey's soon to be husband) are wonderfully strong secondary characters that many times are the reason the story moves forward. The overall theme of the book, how unforgiveness will change who you are and destroy your happiness, is so well spoken in Jackina's voice that I will recommend this book strongly to any woman's fiction lovers. Excellent.