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Lookin' Back, Texas

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
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
Paperback, 374 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by B&H Fiction
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Mar 30, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Leanna Ellis
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
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
Jan 29, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2009 Deborah Boutwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-faith
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.
Nov 01, 2008 Miralee rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Humorous without being sappy, thought provoking in it's spiritual applications without being preachy. Unusual story line that's quirky and fun.
Feb 04, 2011 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
What a charming cozy fiction read. Of course the message of "honesty is best" was there and very nicely included.
Jan 26, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
This book has both the funny and frustrating mother/daughter angst that would make a good sitcom!
Cheryl Ellis
May 04, 2014 Cheryl Ellis rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 16, 2008 Allison Campbell rated it liked it
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
Sep 18, 2008 Kori rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
Alicia Lowery
May 05, 2015 Alicia Lowery rated it really liked it
This was a slow starting book. Lots of history to build into the story. But once you reach the halfway point it really picks up speed and you realize how much you needed all that history! Haha
Aug 30, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: early-review
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
Sep 20, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
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
May 19, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Jan 22, 2009 Leslie rated it liked it
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
Feb 22, 2011 Michele Shimp rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, early
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
Sep 17, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
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.
Aug 14, 2011 Carrie rated it it was ok
Cute. A little cheesy. Not great literature. But cute and enjoyable.
Sep 04, 2009 Elaine marked it as to-read
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Fun book
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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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