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Doesn't She Look Natural (Fairlawn #1)

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How do you cope when God asks you to bury a dream? In this new series by best-selling author Angela Hunt, readers will meet Jennifer Graham, the no-nonsense chief of staff for a Virginia senator who quits her job after a divorce and finds herself an unemployed single mom. Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her grega ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Cindy
Mar 26, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Realistic and interesting with fine characterizations, equally heartening and painful. A pleasant and worthwhile Christian-based read. TTS-enabled eBook ©2007 Free for Kindle on Amazon for limited time (dated 3/26/15). Highly recommended.
Nancy Carey
Read this for book club. It was ok, but the main character really annoyed me throughout the book.
Kelly
Apr 14, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
A lovely book that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. The book could be considered Christian Fiction, which for some folks is a turn on and for others a turn off. I found the book to have the right amount of faith and religious undertones. This is the first of 3 books (so far) and I hope the rest contain more about the family and the people of Mt. Dora as a whole. I have some hopes for what the next installments will contain, I shall have to wait and see if my ideas are the ...more
Lisa
May 19, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
This is a fun, quick read by an author of Christian fiction. Angela Hunt usually tackles deeper issues in her books. It was better than most light Christian fiction - the characters seemed a little more "real". I liked the widowed mother-divorced daughter relationship - both were torn between their love and appreciation (and sometimes exasperation) for each other and the necessity of allowing each other to grow in the ways God intended.
Little Red Readinghood
It was okay. the main character was really annoying. I just wanted to slap her and scream wake up. She finally did.
Ruth
Feb 06, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Graham never expected to be a single mom, but that's exactly what happens when her husband leaves her for their nanny and serves her with divorce papers. Left reeling and clinging to a faint hope for reconciliation, she quits her high profile job on Capitol Hill in order to re-group and care for her two sons. While the divorce is being finalized, Jennifer and her boys move in with her mother -- a temporary fix that puts additional strain on their already often-volatile relationship. Whe ...more
Lori
Sep 13, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
A voracious reader, I make use of the free e-books offered from various sites, on a weekly basis. Following the Golden Rule, I do try to give at least a perfunctory review on Amazon.com, but this is a big winner, and this work deserves an honest review, and some publicity.

I got Doesn't She Look Natural by Angela Elwell Hunt on or about the 9th of September, and gulped it down in two readings.

It is hard to nail this down as a romance, mystery, suspense, or inspirational; it is some of all those
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Frances Winslow
Dec 30, 2016 Frances Winslow rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all of my friends
What a pleasant surprise! I got this free courtesy of BOOK BUB. Not only now do I have a new favorite author, Angela Hunt, but a book that takes place in Mt. Dora, FL! We spent our first 10 years living in Mt. Dora, Fl. It is one of the most, if not the most, quaint and pretty little towns in the USA and we've traveled all over so I speak with some authority.

An almost 40 year old, successful professional career woman with 2 children has her life suddenly turned upside down when her husband dumps
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Kathy
Jun 03, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't She Look Natural by Angela Hunt (first book in the Fairlawn series) features Jennifer Graham as the main character. Jennifer, who has been divorced by her husband, holds out hope for reconciliation for the benefit of her two sons: Clay and Bugs. Yet the divorce has left her jobless and living with her mother (a Red Hatter). Jennifer’s life takes a new course when she receives an inheritance from a long lost great-uncle: a Victorian painted lady that just happens to be a funeral home in r ...more
Virginia
Aug 09, 2008 Virginia rated it really liked it
Jennifer’s life is at a low point. She has recently divorced and is forced into selling her home in the D.C. area. And politics being what it is, she can’t find a job because her husband not only humiliated her by leaving her for her kids’ nanny, his position as an aide for a well-known senator has turned her into a leper to everyone in the area. So when she discovers that her great-uncle has died and left her his family business, she leaps at the opportunity to travel to Mt. Dora, Florida, and ...more
Phyllis Freeman
Jan 16, 2017 Phyllis Freeman rated it it was amazing
Doesn’t She Look Natural (Fairlawn Series) by Angela Hunt Posted 1/9 /17—on
Newly divorced, Jennifer Graham holds onto hope that her ex-husband Thomas still loves his family. Just because he fell into temptation with their Nanny, doesn’t mean he is gone for good.
Financially and emotionally, Jennifer wonders when the harsh winds will stop blowing against her family.
She knew her Uncle Ted had passed away, but now she is informed that she has inherited his home and business. Moving to Florida was
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Trudy E
Jan 08, 2013 Trudy E rated it really liked it
When you pray, you never know how God will answer. When her husband leaves her for the nanny, Jennifer needs to start over. Clueless about how to begin, she is given an opportunity she never knew she wanted. Thinking she is going to Florida to settle an estate and take a side trip to Disneyworld, she takes off with her mother and sons in tow. Anyone who has ever tried to restore or maintain an older home will appreciate the humor as bad turns to worse in Jennifer's efforts to get Fairlawn ready ...more
Judie
May 18, 2010 Judie rated it it was amazing
Five stars for this one. For me, it is about relationships and I could relate to many of the people and their struggles. There is Jen, who is displaced as a wife, in her career, and financially; but still she hopes for reconciliation. There is her mother, who wants to make things okay for her daughter, and has experienced her own difficulties, which add to her concern for her daughter. The boys have to learn a different life without a father in their home. They all move, and that changes their w ...more
Sherri
Nov 06, 2008 Sherri rated it did not like it
OK I could not get into this book. I read two chapters and skipped throughout the book. It was like reading a script for a play in stead of feeling or being able to picture what was happening. The writing did not pull me in at all and I stopped reading it. There are questions "study guide" at the end which would make it a nice helper for a book club, but the authors style of writing did nothing for me.
Debra
Feb 23, 2008 Debra rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I enjoyed the character, Jenny, and her struggles to come to terms with her divorce, new town, new life.

But, as a mainstream Protestant, I found the prejudice against the Episcopalian priest disquieting.
Jennifer Guerra
Dec 22, 2014 Jennifer Guerra rated it liked it
I liked this boook. It showed the strength of a single mother who has the will to start over again. She never gave up and made her kid's lives better.
Carmen
Dec 21, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book but a bit of a downer
Dianne Karesh
Dec 28, 2016 Dianne Karesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

What an unusual book. It made laugh and cringe and cry. I learned a lot about life....and death....and funeral homes.... and divorce and forgiveness. I can't wait to start the next book in the series
CarolJ
Jan 10, 2017 CarolJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting Anew

This is a story about new beginnings, small towns, forgiveness, death, and seeking God's plan for your life. It brought a couple tears to my eyes and a smile to my face.
Lois
Jan 09, 2017 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and Thought Provoking

I enjoyed the way this author dealt with a number of issues - divorce, forgiveness, trust in God, and even death. She also did not resort to the canned solution regarding love and romance - I appreciate that.
mikki
Jan 03, 2017 mikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This was a very good story.Kept me up all hours, so good, just could not stop reading. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
John Tomczyk
Jan 29, 2017 John Tomczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as predictable as you would think

I nice feel good Christian novel. Teaches us to look where God wants us to be instead of where we want to be.
MELBA HERRINGTON
Captivating read!

I was hooked from the first page!. God showed up all through the book! You feel like you are living the story. I had trouble putting the book down!
Denise Clay
Feb 15, 2017 Denise Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!

I didn't know what to expect about this book, but once I got into it, I could not put it down.
Susan Miller
Jan 08, 2017 Susan Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best read in a long while!

ABSOLUTELY loved this book! Couldn't put it down! I felt as though the characters could be my friends or neighbors! I can't wait to read the next book!
Robin Ebaugh
Jan 07, 2017 Robin Ebaugh rated it did not like it
Fairly much hated this book. Did not like the main character...she was frustrating.
Diane
Jan 16, 2017 Diane rated it really liked it
Quirky experiences I shared with the main character made me pick up this book. It's a fun read about the ups and downs life throws at you. The setting in Mt. Dora adds interest with a variety of characters, some flawed and others sharing wisdom.
Marcy
Mar 03, 2017 Marcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed this first in a new series. by the end of the book, all the main characters are pretty rounded out. no one was perfect and there were times that i didn't like the characters but that is reality - you get mad, disappointed whatever with people in your life. i really liked how people would try to understand each other by stepping into their shoes. there was much more understanding and forgiveness because of it.
Abigail Sands
Jan 04, 2017 Abigail Sands rated it really liked it
I don't think it was a coincidence that on Jan 2 I came across this book whose main characters all had decisions to make regarding their thinking patterns. The theme for my personal growth journey for 2017 was already established - working on my thinking patterns.

This was a fun read and I can hardly wait to read the other two books in the series but it also offered multiple, valuable gems and life lessons. I intend to read it again because I don't want to take a chance on missing anything the st
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Chris
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Jennifer Graham never expected to be a single mom, but that's exactly what happens when her husband leaves her for their nanny and serves her with divorce papers. Left reeling and clinging to a faint hope for reconciliation, she quits her high profile job on Capitol Hill in order to re-group and care for her two sons. While the divorce is being finalized, Jennifer and her boys move in with her mother -- a temporary fix that puts additional strain on their already often-volatile
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