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4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  6,175 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
All dressed up in a fresh new cover, Pretense, the bestselling novel from Lori Wick is ready for a brand new generation of readers.

Marrell, a happily married army wife, adores her family, but throughout her life she’s felt something missing. When she discovers that the void is spiritual, she is afraid to tell her husband. Will he understand that he cannot meet all of her n
Paperback, 708 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Harvest House Publishers (first published July 1998)
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Apr 22, 2017 Stefanie rated it really liked it
I did it! I finally finished this monster of a book! Definitely the longest book I've read in a long, long time, maybe ever.
I really enjoyed this story. Getting to know the Bishop family in the early years and following the girls all the way into adulthood left me feeling like I was a part of the family too. Heartache and trials, great accomplishments and disappointments. It was all very realistic and it made me relate to the characters so easily.
The story of redemption for each character was g
Aug 22, 2008 Ebookwormy1 rated it it was ok

I confess the characters were memorable. I liked the ones she took time to develop (Marrell, Paul, Jackson, Mackenzie, Delancy).

But the book started SO SLOW and the writing was horrible. I cannot believe I finished all 600 something pages. I probably wouldn't have if the book hadn't been given to me and I felt obligated to 'report back.' I can safely go for several years without the descriptor, "special" as it was so overused. I was mentally wretching within two pages. Another annoying trai
Jan 24, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
This book is a Christian read but Lori wick never shoves God down your throat. It's a story about two young girls that were brought up by two very loving Christian parents. Their father Mr. Bishop is in the military and ends up in a horrific accident. Mrs bishop or the girls don't think they will ever move on with their life. Mrs bishop ends up having to get a job to support the girls and she prays all the time that the girls will finally follow the Lord. Does Mrs bishop again? Do the ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I have read this countless times. Like that they are sisters and authors. Christianity presented in a more realistic way.
Margo Berendsen
Jun 21, 2012 Margo Berendsen rated it really liked it
I haven't read a really long multi-generational saga like this in a while, not since Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers, and I really love a book that can afford to take its time and get ridicuously long. It did take me a while to get into the characters, but this book came strongly recommneded so I kept reading and eventually the Bishop family began to grow on me. I loved experiencing each of their journeys to faith and I loved how after they'd become followers of Jesus, they talked to him th ...more
Kay M
Jul 27, 2015 Kay M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an older book than I generally read, as I’m reading it in 2015, but it was published in 1998, so the style of writing is a bit looser. It took me a while to get into this novel. I usually only give a book 30 pages, but decided I’d give it up to 100. There are 702 pages in this edition. I’m so glad I stuck with it, as I enjoyed it immensely.

Pretense is quite a complex story—not exactly a family saga, since it only covers 2 generations, but a story of family relationships, especially the
Mar 02, 2009 Daylet rated it it was amazing
Lori Wick is one of my favorite authors. I have just about read every single thing she has written, so it was natural for me to get this book and read it. I did not expect how amazing it would be. I learned so much and experienced so much from this characters that I felt I had said goodbye to a friend when it ended. This book made me laugh, cry, get angry, cry, laugh, ponder, cry and laugh and ponder again.
The book mainly centers around the lives of 2 sisters from the ages of 7 and 8 years old.
Rebecca Mulder
Mar 17, 2014 Rebecca Mulder rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
A story about two girls and their family. There father is in the army and their mother is at home with them. At fist there parents want nothing to do with the Lord, but things take a drastic change when there father is sent over seas. As her parents are kept apart they both find the need for Christ, but this take yet another turn as their father is killed.
The girls still want nothing to do with God. As their lives are rebuilt their mother falls in love with a man and he adores both girls. They
Jun 21, 2011 Sheri rated it really liked it
Very engrossing story about a family and how the Spirit takes hold of each one of them and how they all eventually come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 708 pgs. long but never got boring. I read some other reviews, and it is true what that reader said: every body in this book has flawless skin, great jobs, no financial worries...I didn't even realize that before. So, in that their problems were not about their looks or financial state, there was sickness and death and other nasty thing ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Though the size of the book can be daunting, the content is well worth the effort. I read this book for the first time as a high schooler and it is so memorable and life-applying that I have read it multiple times since. The characters are gripping and easy to relate to, the plot is every-day life circumstances, and the religiosity is well-placed and encouraging without pounded it into the reader's head. I highly recommend the book and other works by this author. About the book: Sisters Mackenzi ...more
Oct 11, 2015 Alexa rated it it was amazing
I read this tome of a novel and at the time, I remember being supine on my just assembled bed, no sheets insouciant that I had just moved into my first apartment, boxes all around and was bewitched by this book that I could not put it down. The book was engrossing and did not intimidate me due to its size.
I plan to reread this because it was one of my favorite novel by Lori Wick. I have to admit that out of all her book's and Life changing Christian fiction, this is one of the better ones and w
Dec 30, 2012 Tiara rated it really liked it
I got this book on a whim at the library after reading the synopsis and once I began it took me about a week to finish. It started off very slowly and the writing is very simple (which isnt necessarily a bad thing I suppose). However, Wick's strength in my opinion lies in the great messages on morality and faith, as well as the wonderful characters!I have to admit that I felt amazing compassion for them as they endured their various trials. Delancey and Mackenzie, the two main characters,are ver ...more
Although this is a long book and took me 4 days to read, this isn't a suspense/mystery. But a beautiful story of romance, a family saga throughout the years, while learning the lessons of God through Christ in life, love, death and the obstacles in its past, as a Christian fiction/romance novel. This is my third Christian author so far this year, and takes top notch over Linda Nichols and Jane Kirkpatrick. This makes me want to reconnect to God and ask for peace and to find true love. It even br ...more
Mar 11, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I think I related most to Mckenzie. But I loved watching this family come to Christ. In the begining I could relate to Marrell as her girls did not share her faith. I laughed and cried with these girls on their journey through life. I loved the closeness between McKenzie and Delancy. I felt bad for Jack when Marrell and died and the girls would not have anything to do with him; but I loved that they renewed their relationship with him.
Mar 19, 2007 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
This is has been at the hop of my favorites list since it first came out in the fall of 1998. I remember reading this during the week I turned 18 and was going to my Great Grandma's funeral in Michigan. I have read it countless times since then and I love how Lori takes Mackenzie and Delancy (love their names!) from children to adulthood. This is an amazing story of life, love, loss and the lengths God will go to find us. A must read!
Jul 09, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
This book was really long, longer than most of Wick's books. It says it's about the two daughters, but the story doesn't focus on them until the 2nd half of the book. It was good, not one I would reread soon, just because it is so involved.

July 1, 2009
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Amy Christopher
Apr 23, 2014 Amy Christopher rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite book of all times. For so many reasons. There is so much story there and also character development but I really enjoyed reading how characters changed throughout the book.To be honest, there are not many Lori Wick books I don't like!!
Eileen Bartsch
Dec 16, 2015 Eileen Bartsch rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2015 Di rated it really liked it
This is by far my favorite of Lori Wick's novels.
Jennifer Lay
Apr 21, 2014 Jennifer Lay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
My absolute favorite book of Lori Wick's. I like clean books and Christian values.
Faith Posten
Feb 05, 2014 Faith Posten rated it really liked it
Very realistic;sad until the latter part of the book.
Jul 04, 2014 Candy rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, drama, romance
This was a very good book set over two generations. Another showing of Laurie Wick's excellent writing.
Apr 09, 2009 Hannah marked it as to-read
Okay, this story starts out when Delancey and Mickenzie are young girls around eight to ten. Their father Paul Bishop is in the army and their mother takes care of them. THey move around a lot, because of Paul's job. Until, they finally settled in San Francisco. When they arrived, their mother met an old friend named Shay and they spent a lot of time together. THen, Shay became religious and their mom and dad don't think much of her anymore. THeir dad gets shipped off to Germany, so their mom ha ...more
Irish Sweetheart
Feb 10, 2013 Irish Sweetheart rated it liked it
I feel that I am being generous in giving this book three stars. I enjoyed this book and felt very a strong empathy with several of the characters. The story is deep, generally well-developed; the characters are strongly built and appealing with real problems and frailties though unrealistic and unbelievable with their perfections. The plot was fetching and captivating and gave the impression that it "ran away" with its author. I read it through several times and enjoyed the different truths and ...more
Liz McComas
Jun 10, 2016 Liz McComas rated it really liked it
There are two books by Lori Wick that I really love and this is one of them. I really like the development of the characters and seeing how their lives carry on through the good, the bad, and the day-to-day. There are certain things that I don't like, though.

When someone extremely close to you (such as a spouse) dies or is going to die, I don't think think that most people would just matter of factly declare, "____ is dead." AND I don't think the person/people being told that way would appreciat
Jun 18, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
This may be the best of Lori Wick that I've read but that's not saying much. It was groan inducing due to the obsession with witnessing and saving people, the misogny, the constant stream of tears from all of the characters, and the overuse of physical fatigue induced by spiritual or emotional issues. I got so tired of hearing about how empty all the main characters felt while running from God. It just about ruined the realism of the characters which was already suffering from the incredulity of ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
This is a book that was recommended to me by someone who said reading this book brought her to Christ. It was a very good book and one of Lori's few novels. She has many series. The reason I only gave it 3 stars is because I thought the first part (maybe the first quarter) was a little predictable. It got better, though, and I really liked it after that. At times, the characters were a little hard to believe for me, but overall I'd recommend it. It was really a welcome change from the last book ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Trish rated it did not like it
I've read several of Lori Wick's books and was excited to tear into this one. I started reading, and kept plugging along, thinking it would get better -- it didn't. I love the idea of what she was trying to do, but the dialogue was goofy, girls' success was very unrealistic, and their eventual conversion rang hollow... After all their anger at God which was so strongly built up after the dramatic situations with their parents, the conversion sequence was sadly lacking in details. (It seemed the ...more
Mary Alice Howard
Sep 17, 2016 Mary Alice Howard rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Lori Wick's, so I feel like I'm inclined to like her books before I read them. This book is no different. This book spans a few years with the characters, roughly 9 to 10 years (my guess). That made me feel like I was really getting to know the main characters, as they were trying to figure out life. You see people making mistakes, having regrets, making decisions that you aren't sure is the best for them at the time, and it's a wonderful journey.
Sep 28, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading about MacKenzie and Delancey Bishop and their families and friends. I enjoyed the writing style of this piece of christian contemporary fiction. There were parts that took time for me to recover from, but that happens when something tragic happens to characters you've grown to love and wish were real.

I plan to read more books by Lori Wick. This was the first book of her's I have read.
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Lori Wick is known as one of the most versatile Christian fiction writers on the market today. From pioneer fiction to a series set in Victorian England to a contemporary novel, Lori's books (over 5 million in print) continue to delight readers and top the Christian bestselling fiction list. Lori and her husband, Bob, live in Wisconsin with "the three coolest kids in the world."
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