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Betty Lynne Davidson is planning her husband’s funeral while overlooking one thing: he’s not dead.

When Suzanne Mullins, forty-two, gets the call from her father to come back home to Texas because her mother has gone off the deep end, she knows it will mean having to look at the faulty foundations of their marriage as well as her own. Betty Lynne has always upheld a perfect...more
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Published September 1st 2008 by B&H Fiction
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Laura
Title: LOOKIN’ BACK, TEXAS
Author: Leanna Ellis
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
2008
ISBN: 978-0-8054-4697-5
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary women’s fiction

Suzanne Mullins gets a frantic phone call from her father, but it is too garbled to understand. A few minutes later, a neighbor calls and talks about how her father has just died. Suzanne is horrified when she realizes that its her father that died. So, she flies to Texas to be there for her mother. But then she discovers that her father isn’t...more
Ruth
I thought this would be another chick-lit book. It was so much more. There was humor, a touch of faith, forgiveness, and an original storyline. Highly recommended.
Deborah Boutwell
I laughed out loud. I've heard of planning funeral's before someone dies, but this one is about someone that has the funeral before they die! Great read.
Miralee
Loved it! Humorous without being sappy, thought provoking in it's spiritual applications without being preachy. Unusual story line that's quirky and fun.
Shirley
What a charming cozy fiction read. Of course the message of "honesty is best" was there and very nicely included.
Julie
This book has both the funny and frustrating mother/daughter angst that would make a good sitcom!
Cheryl Ellis
Leanna Ellis did a great job! This book had a good storyline that kept you going. You really got the sense of small town living with different characters. Suzanne is called back home to a family crisis, not sure of what happened and what she is going to find when she gets home. When she does get home, she finds out her mom is planning a funeral for her father! What happened to him? Did he really die? The elaborate story and the planning of this "funeral" will have you laughing and wanting to mee...more
Danielle
I didn't realize that this was christian fiction when i requested it on early reviewers, so I was slightly worried that it would be too preachy for me. This turned out not to be the case at all, since Ellis doesn't make God something to be pushed on her reader.[return]However, the book wasn't all I hoped it would be. I felt that often scenes would repeat, with only minor variations. Also, most of the characters came off a bit flat. Betty Lynne is supposed to be a very layered woman, but through...more
Allison Campbell
Suzanne hasn't been back to her hometown of Luckenbach, Texas (say it out loud to get the title, which also refers to numerous characters) in years. She has a comfortable life with her husband and teenaged son in California. When a phone call from her father is cut off, and Linda Lou, Luckenbach's biggest gossip calls and mentions that Suzanne's father is dead, Suzanne packs up for a trip to Texas. She finds her mother acting the regal widow, planning the most elaborate funeral Luckenbach has ev...more
Kori
Lookin’ Back Texas was only my second foray into the Christian Fiction genre and, I’m sorry to say, it was not for me.

I enjoyed the idea of Betty Lynne throwing a funeral for her (not dead) husband because she wishes he was dead after he leaves their marriage. That’s funny! I also groove on a good cast of quirky, small town, southern characters & juicy family secrets. Unfortunately, the Christian aspect of this book did not flow easily into the story. To me, the religious statements seemed f...more
Jessica
Lookin' Back, Texas is the story of a family that copes with a secret by creating lies. Suzanne returns to her childhood home to reconcile the differences between her parents - only to find that her mother has told the town that her father had died. However, her father is not dead - he had left, alive and well.

I never was able to fully get into this book. I found that none of the characters were realistic, relatable or even likable. This would perhaps be a good read for young adults, as the wri...more
Erin
It took me a very long time to get into this book. The concept was just too wacky for me: When her husband of more than 40 years wants a divorce, Betty Lynne Davidson declares him dead, publishes his obituary and starts planning his funeral. Her married daughter doesn't know how to go along with this scheme while still trying to get her parents to reconcile. Meanwhile she deals with the hometown she left behind.

The message that came out at the end was very good and very clear. The craziness was...more
PWRL
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Leslie
This book is crazy!! Part of the way through I was hoping it was going to have a good message in the end, because it is just wacky. But lo and behold, the message of what happens when we try to cover past sins comes out loud and clear. Good book (made me laugh out loud in parts) and good message.
Michele Shimp
I was grateful to have received Lookin' Back Texas by Leanna Ellis from the Early Reviewer program at Library Thing. [return][return]From the back of the book: [return]Betty Lynne Davidson is planning her husband
Mary
Suzanne Mullins is called back to her home in Texas to help her parents with their troubled marriage. She finds she must also look at her own marriage. Loved Suzanne's Wacky mother, Betty Lynne.
Carrie
Cute. A little cheesy. Not great literature. But cute and enjoyable.
Elaine
Sep 04, 2009 Elaine marked it as to-read
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Deep in the heart not only describes where Leanna Ellis lives in Texas but also the way she writes. Her books, whether romance, inspirational, women’s fiction, or paranormal, are infused with heartfelt emotion. Having written twenty published novels, Ellis has won many awards including the National Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award.

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