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Things Worth Remembering [Paperback]

Jackina Stark
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Oct. 1 2009
Kendy Laswell and her daughter, Maisey, used to do everything together--until one fateful summer when Maisey witnessed something she shouldn't have, and their relationship fractured. Now, Maisey is back home to get married and Kendy realizes this is her last chance to reconnect with her daughter. Will Kendy and Maisey be able to reclaim the bond they once shared?

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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?

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read About The Power of Forgiveness Jan. 21 2010
By Shirley Rempel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Jackina Stark is a new author to me, however I was very intrigued by the topic of this book, restoring relationships, and so was very happy to have the opportunity to review Things Worth Remembering.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read! Oct. 20 2009
By Christina Banks TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Kennedy "Kendy" Laswell has been looking forward to her daughter's wedding since Maisey was five. Now, with only a week till the big day, Kendy has great plans for her last few days with her daughter. The past, however, has caught up with the present and Kendy find herself faced with her own terrible secret. Can Maisey find it in her to forgive the mother that she once adored?

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.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Layered story of mothers and daughters Oct. 14 2009
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Kendy Laswell can't wait for her daughter Maisey and fiancé Marcus to get home this third Monday in July. It's a mere six days till Maisey's wedding and there must be a thousand things to do - though Masey hasn't told her much.

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.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This BOOK is Worth Remembering!! Nov. 12 2009
By S. Maupin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Another great book by Jackina Stark!! This book gripped me from the first page.I wanted to stretch it out and savor the characters, but I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days! It is unlike any other book I have ever read. I absolutely loved it!! Jackina's style is fresh and creative and honest. This book made me want to be a better wife, mom and friend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of the importance of forgiveness Oct. 14 2009
By Janna R. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Forgiveness. Is it really important? "Things Worth Remembering" is a beautiful example of how important forgiveness is. Kendy loves her only daughter Maisey more than life itself and until Maisey was 13 they had the perfect mother / daughter relationship. Then Kendy entered a very dark period in her life and the relationship they had was destroyed beyond repair and Kendy doesn't know what to do to fix it. The problem is that Kendy doesn't have all the information, or rather Maisey has more information than Kendy realizes she does. Too much information can be a very bad thing and Maisey has never been able to forgive her mom. Now she is getting married to a wonderful man and everything comes to a head. What will happen when the darkness finally sees the light?

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second novel proves author's amazing talent Oct. 12 2009
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark is another beautifully written, poignant novel by the author. For the first thirteen years of Maisy Laswell's life, she and her mother, Kendy, were connected at the heart, with a relationship most mothers and daughters would love to have. After witnessing something the summer she turned thirteen, their bond is shattered and now nine years later as Maisy prepares for her wedding, their distance is only accentuated. Stark has a unusual talent for creating multi-layered characters were unexpected depth. Both Kendy and Maisy are equally sympathetic, and the reader can't help but ache for both of them, as well as be inspired to take a closer look at their own relationships. There's a powerful message about forgiveness and redemption; the longer we hold on to anger and hurt, the more power it gains over us, eating away at the very soul. I dare the reader to make it through the final chapter without crying! Stark is definitely a new author to watch; she only seems to get better with each book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift Aug. 16 2013
By Michael D. Crider - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this as a gift for a woman in my church, and she has given a great review of it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very relatable. Dec 29 2012
By Ziggy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As most mother's know, raising children (particularly daughters) can be frought with difficulties and misunderstandings. At times this book was difficult to read, mostly because I related so closely to the story. I liked how the story was told by both Maisy & Kennedy. The relationship between both couples was sweet but Kennedy's & Luke's was even more beautiful because it had stood the test of time and trials. I look forward to reading more by the author.
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