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Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a ...more
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Published January 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Rhonda McKnight
Feb 08, 2009 Rhonda McKnight rated it really liked it
“Someday” I'm going to give Stacy Hawkins Adams a big hug for writing this awesome story. While I acknowledge the Lord inspires Christian Fiction authors, the artist is one who actually toils to bring the work to the pages of a book. Stacy Hawkins Adams efforts were not in vain. The characters of Rachelle and Gabe Covington, Aunt Irene and Melba, Uncle Charles and Troy reminded me of people in my own life. They were real family and friends that I loved, and rooted for as I turned each and every ...more
Victoria
Oct 23, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
This was an Emotionalllll read but a Great One also.. A second story line just caught me off guard and it's timing.... Well Gods Grace.. A definite unearned Gift from God.... Well Done
Natasha B
Sep 20, 2013 Natasha B rated it really liked it
This was a really good book! Wanted to stand up and clap at the end! I like the way the author tied real problems that ALL people, even Christians, face in everyday life. None of the characters were perfect, but by God's grace, were overcomers, allowing God to pull down strongholds in their lives. If we were really real with others about what we go through, there would be a great move of healing - spiritually, physically, and mentally. Great, inspiring read!
Pam
May 16, 2012 Pam rated it it was ok
As with all inspirationals there's a religious message woven throughout this story, it's just not as subtle as in others in this category. That means if obvious references to God and scripture bothers you, this book definitely isn't for you. Anyway, back to the book...

The life of our main character, Rachelle, is in crisis. Her marriage is falling apart because she's dissatisfied with her life and her husband's cheating. I really wasn't certain how the author was going to resolve her problems. Th
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Nadine Keels
May 11, 2016 Nadine Keels rated it really liked it
Apart from her heart surgeon husband, two young children she loves, and her rather privileged lifestyle, Rachelle Covington isn't exactly sure who she is or what she truly wants for herself. Her journey to figuring it out, and dealing with her past, begins in The Someday List by author Stacy Hawkins Adams.

I can tell how much I'm enjoying a novel when, at some point or another, I hear myself as I read: hear myself laughing, hear myself gasping, hear myself talking back to a character who needs to
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Victor Muthoka
Mar 20, 2014 Victor Muthoka rated it liked it
I must admit I rolled my eyes too many times while reading this one. I'm a guy & this is a rather girlish read so, yeah.

Rachelle is wife to Gabe, a star surgeon & they seem to have it all: the money, cars, social notoriety & great friends. But beneath the facade, their marriage is crumbling. Rachelle goes to her home town after attending her friend (who's only got weeks left due to breast cancer) to figure her life out. Meeting her long lost love while in her home town throws everyth
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Christie
Apr 22, 2013 Christie rated it really liked it
Awesome book about living on purpose and forgiveness. I highly recommend this for those who feel stuck and need some inspiration to get motivated.
Arlena
Title: The Someday List
Author: Stacy Hawkins Adams
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Jubilant Soul Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"The Someday List" by Stacy Hawkins Adams...

"Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a
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Laurie
Jan 14, 2014 Laurie rated it it was ok
This is one of those heartwarming books that tries to remind the reader that even though bad things happen, good things can come out of the bad. Rachelle Covington is married to an emotionally abusive, controlling husband- a big-shot heart surgeon who thinks very highly of himself. When Rachelle finds out that an old friend is dying she decides it's time to reassess her life, and goes to spend time with her aunt and uncle in the small town where she attended college. While there Rachelle discove ...more
Nardsbaby Reader
Mar 21, 2010 Nardsbaby Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Mistakes and Missteps

Rachelle Covington is a wife and mother, who, while she enjoys the amenities of her life, is wondering about the what ifs. With the children off to spend the summer with her parents, it seems as if she and her husband, Gabe, are virtual strangers. Sure she knows everything about him, but does he know anything about her? For that matter, does Rachelle know anything about herself?

Gabe is off to a medical conference and then on a mission trip to Africa. Rachelle can’t wait as
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Gypsy
Aug 03, 2009 Gypsy rated it liked it
Nobody's perfect...this can be seen in Stacy Hawkins Adams' novel The Someday List. The main character Rachelle seems to have grown into a thirty-something year old spoiled brat, longing for her husband's attention. Her husband Gabe, a successful doctor is occupied with work and upcoming travels. When we meet them Rachelle is in the middle of an internal upheaval brought on by the impending death of her childhood best friend Jillian.

A series of events leads to a confrontation with her college s
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Ruth
Apr 26, 2009 Ruth rated it liked it
What do you want to accomplish in life? What are your goals? These questions, asked by a childhood friend who is now dying of cancer, along with other things going on in her life, cause Rachelle, the beautiful wife of a wealthy cardiac surgeon and mother of two beautiful children, to take a hard look at her life. She doesn't like what she sees. Her husband, though a good provider materially, isn't meeting her emotional needs. Her life is a round of tennis games, manicures, workouts, parties and ...more
Katrina Burchett
Mar 02, 2009 Katrina Burchett rated it really liked it
Rachelle and Gabe Covington have been married eleven years. Rachelle had everything she could possibly want as far as material things, but she longed for something more meaningful. Tired of being in the presence of a man who just didn’t get it, she left Houston, TX and took a trip to San Diego; her childhood friend, Jillian, had requested her presence. The reason for the invite was a sad one, however, Rachelle was sure of one thing when she left – It was time to figure out who she was and what s ...more
Lori Henrich
Rachelle isn't sure about anything anymore. Her husband Gabe doesn't seem to want ton engage in their marriage and it feels like there is no purpose to life. Gabe is going to a medical conference and then on to a missions trip right after, so Rachelle goes to visit Jillian, who is dying from breast cancer. Jillian is have a party to say goodbye and to share some of the things she has learned about life and her relationship with God. Jillian asked everyone there to make a Someday List. Rachelle t ...more
LaShawn
Jan 12, 2014 LaShawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-kindle
My review from Amazon.com:

Amidst so much that's wrong in the world (and in literature), it was refreshing to finally read this book that had been resting in my Kindle for 2 years or more.

The Someday List is the story of Rachelle and her journey of discovery, realizing her future, and reconciling her past. She is a woman in need of healing and self-acceptance and a seat (so she'll stop running!). We meet her when she is at a crossroads and dealing with relationship issues with her husband, her pa
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Mindy
May 21, 2012 Mindy rated it liked it
This is not the type of genre I prefer to read at all. This is a story about a women coming to terms with God as well as with herself. As a non Christian this type of book can become overly preachy and condemning. However The Someday List was not judgmental in the slightest. The main character, as well as several of the side characters, go through their own problems. The overall message of the novel is that we are not perfect, and trust in God.

The writing in this story is excellent. The charact
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Michelle
The Someday List moved me to tears on more than one occasion, but they were not sorrowful tears. They were the kind of tears that make you want to hug your family and show more love. The kind that make you want to ask for forgiveness and offer it to others. Everything about this story was done right. It was hard to put down and I kept wanting to pick it up at every opportunity to read it. I loved the themes, the spiritual lessons and the insight. This story went beyond the warm fuzzies and dug d ...more
Pat
May 10, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a list of things to do before she dies. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and hersel ...more
Melba
Feb 27, 2014 Melba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, and the lessons it teaches (without being overly preachy)are some that anyone can learn from. I plan to read the next two books in the series as well, and I am sure they will be as timely & beneficial as this one is. These kind of books are really needed today, because we are all dealing with similar problems in life (or know family/friends who are). I am glad that I purchased this book, and I will be recommending it to my family & friends to read.
Karen
Oct 08, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
Rachelle was married to a heart surgeon and had two children. Rachelle did not want for anything, but she was living in a loveless marriage. After visiting her friend that was on death bed, Rachelle took her friends advice to create a list of goals. Rachelle made the trip back to her college town. Once there she runs into her first love, her ex-husband. Will Rachelle run into his arms and forget she is married? Awesome story. We need to seek God!!! He is able..
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Feb 15, 2015 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2015
This book was free when I downloaded it from Barnes and Noble to my Nook library. I appreciate the opportunity to read new-to-me authors in a favorite genre.
This book belongs to the genre of Christian fiction. Its characters are African-American, and that puts this book in a sub-genre where I don't normally read. The storyline and characters held my interest all the way to the end of the book. I don't think any non-Christians would be disappointed by this book because it does not proselytize di
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Feb 24, 2012 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it really liked it
I love it when an author makes you hate the male character, when the husband is a sleazy jerk! Well this book does it, and within the first 2 chapters too! Unfortunately he does redeem himself in the end, LOL. But not before he gets even more sleazy.
This is a very well written Christian Love story! It is full of marital problems, family support, and God's love! When Rachelle temporarily leaves her husband to "find herself" I don't think she ever expected to actually find God.
There is some very g
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Tricia
Jun 20, 2009 Tricia rated it liked it
Recommends it for: friends on the PAM list
Recommended to Tricia by: Danielle
Shelves: adult-fiction
As a few other reviewers have said, this isn't the type of book I typically read. It's kind of a romance, plus it's Christian fiction. I'm a believer, but I don't have much exposure to this genre. But an online friend of mine works for the author and recommended the book, so I tracked it down via interlibrary loan.

There were a few things about it that kind of annoyed me. A lot of the dialogue seems very cliche - like something you would hear in a movie or in a song. There's a lot of name and br
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Glenda
Wonderful Story of Renewal

A story of hope and renewal. A journey through heartache and anger to a place of joy and hope found only in faith. Also a journey into choices made and the need to forgive.
This book is well-crafted and written to draw the reader into Rachelle's struggle to know who God called her to be.
Sharon Simmons
Wonderful book!

This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm glad I bought the series together. There was so much faith and forgiveness in this book. Gabe and Rachelle had money and material things and were unhappy. Thank God they realize what they were missing. This series is a must read!
Unoma Nwankwor
May 27, 2014 Unoma Nwankwor rated it really liked it
I loved the fast paced plot and the message that was conveyed. Without purpose we often find that we merely exist in a world where we are supposed to make a difference.
Rachelle was so busy being there for everyone else that she forgot that her number one responsibility on this earth is worship and service to God.
Goodread!
Maxine Billings
Jul 07, 2012 Maxine Billings rated it really liked it
In THE SOMEDAY LIST, Rachelle Covington finds herself questioning her life choices, including her seemingly perfect yet troubled marriage to her husband Gabe.

A trip back home to Jubilant, TX, brings her face-to-face with her past life which she thought had been long put to rest. She starts to contemplate how her life might have turned out had she not made a desperate decision based on a threat from her parents.

As Rachelle and Gabe each try to come to terms with their feelings for one another, th
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Joy2day
Jul 07, 2015 Joy2day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a poignant story about the power of God's love and healing. I loved and hated the ending all at the same time, only because I wanted to see the transformation between Rachelle and Gabe upon reuniting. Luckily, there is a Jubilant #2, and I am digging into that story now!
Suzanne
Apr 09, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-books-read
I loved getting to know characters in the book. They were believable and true to life. The lessons related throughout the book are timely and true. Stacy Adams delivered a clear message of God's grace and mercy. I was disappointed at the end of the book though, as I felt the story line just dropped. The real task of putting the marriage back together, what their walk with God as a couple was going to be, and what their missions ministry could be just wasn't there. I was hoping that maybe this wo ...more
Sonny
Feb 17, 2014 Sonny rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story about forgiveness, which is not easy, and maturity, and truly trying to mend broken hearts, accepting the faults of ourselves and living faithfully and selflessly.
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Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning inspirational women's fiction and nonfiction author, columnist columnist and speaker.

In her 9 novels, she weaves contemporary women's issues, social issues and matters of faith into creative plots that leave you rooting for some characters and furious with others. You'll put down one of her books feeling like you've left behind a friend.

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