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What She Left for Me

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  804 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
When Jana returns from a missions trip, she discovers that her pastor husband has left with his secretary…along with their bank account. Humiliated, penniless, pregnant, and very much alone, J
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Bethany House
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Mar 05, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the mood for something different, so I spent quite a bit of time going through my cloud at Amazon, looking through the hundreds (or maybe in the thousands now) of free books I have downloaded. I have read several of Tracie Peterson's historical books and always enjoyed them. This one read differently, and I took a chance, not knowing if I would enjoy it. The subject matter was difficult, it covers molestation and rape and infidelity, among other topics. But they were handled carefully a ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-read
I am giving this book two stars--it was ok. I can't say that I liked it.
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Michelle Robinson
THis book had a very interesting and novel plot. Jana's mother's is what compelled me to continue reading this book.

However, for me, there became a point at which I found that too many things had happened to one charachter to be believable. I also really had trouble with some of the reactions or lack there of, of the aunt.

At the end of the book, I got so tired of the preachy feel of the novel that I did not feel it was really worth finishing. There has to be a way to make a point in a novel with
Oct 30, 2014 Jolene rated it really liked it
I commend Tracie for tackling subjects that could easily be avoided, especially within the Christian fiction genre. She has a note in the beginning of her book, however, that she wouldn't recommend it for everyone as there could be triggers- and I have to agree. This is a book that addresses deep-seated issues and disturbing traumatic events that could possibly not sit well with some.

Tracie's captivating writing style and well-developed characters drew me in to the point where I felt like I kne
Natasha  Briggs
Feb 20, 2017 Natasha Briggs rated it really liked it
What a book. From the worst possible situation to the very best outcome. If you do not believe in the power of God you are missing out. Without preaching or forcing the Word of God upon you this book shows you how having faith in God can make our life better.

Jana feels like her life is over when her husband leaves her unexpectedly and then she also finds out that she is pregnant. Having to make some serious life changes Jana gets to experience the love of her family and the people around her.

Lynn Semer
Feb 07, 2017 Lynn Semer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story of forgiveness.
Sep 04, 2007 Deb added it
plot summary: what happens, when & where, central characters, major conflicts[return]jana returns from a mission trip to africa to find the shock of her life. puzzled that her pastor-husband isn't there to meet her, she takes a taxi home and finds an empty house--and a note. her husband has run off with the church secretary and left her alone--and pregnant (he didn't know about the baby, she just found out and was planning to tell him when she returned from her trip). he also cleared out the ...more
Andrea Norton
Sep 16, 2014 Andrea Norton rated it liked it
Jana is the wife of a pastor. She discovers she is pregnant with a very much planned child while on a mission trip to Africa. Upon returning home she finds a note from her husband explaining that he has left her for another woman. He has drain their bank accounts, sold anything of value, and stolen and sold jewelry given to her by her great aunt.

This book deals with some very difficult issues. Some reviewers found the circumstances hard to believe but I didn't. My husband studied sexual crimes
Cyndi Bowman
Mar 02, 2015 Cyndi Bowman rated it it was amazing
Jana returns from a church missions trip to find her world turned completely inside out. Everything she thought was secure in her life has been ripped away by her pastor-husband who had used Jana's absence to take off with the church secretary and all the couple's money. Jana has no choice but to turn to her own mother for help, a choice she would never have made if circumstances had not forced her. But now that Jana and her mother find themselves living in the same house, all the hurt and rejec ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book. I used to absolutely love all of Peterson's book but after taking a long break from reading her books I picked up one a few months ago and found the entire book entirely distasteful.

Judging from that experience I did not know what to expect when I started reading this book. I enjoyed the book. I found it on one of the shelves at my grandmother's house and she gave it to me. Originally I had decided to sell it as soon a
Aug 05, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
I finished reading this book in 2 days. I found myself staying up late just to finish. I love the character Taffy and hope to be like her in my golden years. The trials that the women in this book go through are so like the trials of too many women. It is refreshing to me always to read a Christian view on tragedy. I think we all have asked "why do bad things happen to good people"? Once again an author has touched on God's purpose for us when tragedy strikes. This is a quick read, but by all me ...more
Jun 27, 2007 Ruth rated it it was ok
This is a fiction book about a pregnant pastor's wife whose husband leaves her to run off with his secretary. Since she has no place to go, she goes to live with her great aunt and mother, and as a result, ends up resolving lots of issues surrounding all three women and their relationships.

Tracie is one of my favorite authors, but this book was a bit different from her normal style, which tends to be historical fiction. The plot is a little far-fetched, with lots of twists and turns. But, I love
Pam Lemmon
Nov 15, 2014 Pam Lemmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read.....

Having grown up in the 60's during the hippie movement this book brought back memories of that time. Although I never joined the hippie communes I had a good idea of how they lived and their ideas of what true freedom meant. I can see how their lifestyle would affect their children in such a negative way. This author has the ability to express the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and how accepting that love that is so freely offered can truely set you free.
Cindy Barnett
Jun 11, 2015 Cindy Barnett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What She Left For Me

This is a great story of family trials and how love and forgiveness helps to heal. A mother and daughter, Eleanor and Jana, struggle through issues of sexual abuse, rape, and infidelity. They learn the value of love and forgiveness from a great aunt, Tilly, who shows unconditional love and faith.
Having experienced similar experiences, I felt a connection to these characters. I saw some of the things that I had to deal with.

I give this two thumbs up and five stars.
Shirley Henning
Was not for me.

I have loved all her books except this one. It was so intense, so full of anger, misunderstanding, abuse, sadness, you name it. if it wasn't for Taffy's character I would have not finished the book. I do appreciate the strong Christian witness in the book but going thru all the characters' issues and experiences was depressing and anything but enjoyable reading. I've said this before that it may be real life to some people but I can watch this kind of stuff on the daily news.
Apr 20, 2009 Bonnie rated it liked it
The message of this book is better than the writing itself, though the story was somewhat engaging. The narration jumps back and forth between past and present, telling the story of a grown woman in her twenties, her mother and her great-aunt, and how their lives have effected each other. Each has had her own trials and traumas, some of them secret, and how they deal with these crises has implications for the other. Issues of infidelity and abuse are involved; again, the message of how to handle ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Miranda rated it really liked it
Dealing with some pretty deep issues, Peterson was able to lighten the weight of the pall by creating an interesting cast of characters. The warning given at the start was much appreciated, and though part of a sin filled world, the issues dealt with are definitely some I wish to protect my daughter from as long as possible. Having read several books by this author, Peterson definitely has a specific writers voice, and though not my favorite author by way of her delivery, I never fail to enjoy h ...more
Aug 17, 2010 Paula-O rated it it was amazing
I did not think I would like this book but now am halfway through and hate to put it down.
I finished this one quickly and really like the characters-All strong women, they found their inner solace and were able to change their lives. there were many difficulties and their lives were intertwined though they did not know that at first. this was a different type then I usually read but sometimes a different type story makes life interesting. I would definately reccomend this book to those that lik
Nov 22, 2008 Brooke rated it really liked it
This is another well written Tracie Peterson book. The topic is a lot heavier than some though as it tackles rape and adultery in the lives of three women (great-aunt, mother, and daughter). There are no lewd details or anything but if you are considering letting a younger reader read this I would recommend reading it first to be sure you are comfortable with the book. This is a delicate topic and the author handles it well and shows the devasation that can be caused along with the freedom of fo ...more
Joan Arning
Sep 13, 2014 Joan Arning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unusual and interesting story dealing with adultery, murder, and incest. If you want a feel good romance, this book is not for you. It is the story of a young pregnant woman, her mother and great aunt. They have each faced tragedies in their lives. Jana discovers that she had made her husband her god rather than Almighty God. The ladies learn it is possible to forgive even horrible things committed against us if we want a real relationship with God.
Sep 12, 2014 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great dealing with a very difficult subject. Life in a commune, drugs, alcohol, molestation, rape, suicide and murder. Leading to broken families and broken people. Then showing how the great healer can work in the hardest of situations and put all the broken pieces back together again.

Jana McGuire's life is shattered after returning home from a mission trip to Africa, discovering that she is pregnant and abandoned by her husband. Forced to live with her estranged mother and the eccentric 80 year old Aunt she never knew, old wounds from her mother's unspoken past have left Jana with many unanswered questions and a search for the truth.

A story of hope and faith!
Jun 05, 2010 Lorri rated it it was amazing
Another great book! Given to me by my Aunt. A wonderful (though very sad and emotional at times) story about forgiveness and sin. Makes you look at sin in another way.. sin is sin.. whether shoplifing or murder... hmmmm... something to contemplate for sure! A very good read and a very good ending.
joyce lynn
Oct 04, 2007 joyce lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow!!! i still prefer her Cape Refuge series to anything she's done, BUT ... i think on her list, this ranks right up under that series as my favorite of her's

not only VERY well written, and kept you in suspense, but ... QUITE thought provoking! this brought up some issues of mine i know that i STILL have to deal w/!! work, work, work!!!

AAAHHH!!! what to read now???
May 23, 2014 Kelsy rated it liked it
A novel about healing from some of life's ultimate betrayals. Although the plot is highly influenced by some very sensitive subjects, Tracie Peterson approaches infidelity and sexual abuse with respect and truth while not making the novel about those betrayals. Rather, it is a story full of hope and strength.
Mar 01, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who want to help anyone who has faced abuse.
This book looks at the problem of infidelity and child abuse from a christian point of view. Trace has carefully developed the story without any graphic references and she hopes that through the characters in this story all of us will learn to reach out with healing and love to frends and family who may be on a similar journey.
Feb 11, 2015 Becki added it
Shelves: book-collector
Pretty good book. It took a bit to get into. And the parts referenced in the 'warning letter' in the front don't really happen until the end of the book. So you kind of spend the first part of the book anticipating it.
Jessica Reno
Sep 19, 2014 Jessica Reno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

THIS story was ABSOLUTELY amazing! I feel like I KNOW these ladies. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with the past. I was adopted as a baby and identified so much with parts of this story.
Shannon Dyer
Dec 30, 2014 Shannon Dyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoyed this book more than I thought of would. While I got confused a few times going from past to present I finally figured it out and enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the wise words of Taffy...and God... when it came to forgiveness.
Jul 16, 2015 CarolynB rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book is very different from any of the other books I've read by Tracie Peterson. It's the story of three women and how each has dealt with pain and disappointment in their lives, and how each came to know the God of forgiveness.
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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“abruptly. “That’s the way it always is. People hurt you and walk all over you. They lie to you and betray you, and then with those two little words, they expect it should all somehow be wiped from the slate. As if I’m sorry had some sort of magical powers to take away the pain.”...I know your faith says you’re supposed to forgive people when they ask for it, but I think that’s malarkey. Why give absolution to someone when they’re only seeking forgiveness to ease their own conscience ? They don’t care that what they’ve done has permanently scarred you. They don’t care that they’ve robbed you of all security.”...When pressed for a reason for their actions or when facing the consequences, people are suddenly ever so sorry and apologetic .” She looked at Jana, but Jana was sure she didn’t see her. Her mother was a million miles away. “Consequences don’t just go away. They aren’t suddenly dissolved just because forgiveness has been desired or given.” 3 likes
“God is bigger than our pain and sorrows. He’s bigger than our guilt. He is able to take anything we give Him and turn it around for good.” 2 likes
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