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Awakening Avery

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Venturing out on her own again is challenging for Avery, whose experiences at the Ringling's magnificent Ca d'Zan mansion, and with the quirky characters she meets there, eventually awaken her to truths she has long forgotten-that as crazy as life can be, it is possible to laugh and love again.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Walnut Springs Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Brenda
Jun 06, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while I like to change things up and read a book that is by a Christian writer. I won this book, it was written by an LDS author. The story was extremely well written. There was a story or two within the main story and I won't go into it more so I won't spoil it for those who haven't read it yet, it was really engaging the more that I read it. I couldn't wait to get to the end!

Some times I feel as if the story is more about the author wanting to include their relious views on th
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Sheila
Jun 01, 2010 Sheila rated it really liked it
Laurie Lewis, well known as L.C. Lewis, author of the "Free Men and Dreamers" historical fiction series, has written a heart warming and very emotionally driven book. There are many feelings that are brought up in the reader as this novel progresses. I was hooked from the very first page.

"Everyone knew it was inevitable-everyone but Avery Elkins Thompson herself. She smashed the television first, though she hadn't intended to. She had fumbled with the remote for ten minutes, trying to figure out
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Valerie Steimle
May 27, 2010 Valerie Steimle rated it it was amazing
I am a widow. Avery’s a widow. My husband died at 50. Avery’s husband died in his 50’s. I have nine children. Avery has 3 children. I am of the LDS faith. Avery is of the LDS faith. I have a lot in common with Avery. Laurie Lewis’s new book called Awakening Avery could have been my journal entry for the first year I lost my husband. There are many similarities and it is incredible to see how this story unfolds for Avery and her family.

This is an amazing story of one woman’s journey for peace aft
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Rayni
Jul 11, 2010 Rayni rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rayni by: The book leaped into my arms.
This was an unput-downable book. I would have read it in one sitting, if I could have. As it was, I'd grudgingly put it down to do what I HAD to do. And then stayed up way too late, finishing it.

The book leaped into my arms as I was leaving the library. Our librarians put new books on bookshelves as you enter/leave the library. I wasn't sure who the author was, I'd never heard of her, but I couldn't deny the book & turned back to check it out with my other books. Of course, the fact that the
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Anne
Apr 28, 2010 Anne rated it it was amazing
I opened Awakening Avery by Laurie Lewis with great anticipation because I thoroughly enjoyed reading all Laurie’s other books. I was not disappointed. This is a delightful, thought provoking novel that left me satisfied and uplifted.

Although the main character, Avery, is older than many heroines, two romantic subplots that run alongside the main story make the book one that I’m sure will appeal to both young and old. Laurie has a way of moving readers to laughter, tears, and deep pondering. I r
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Lynne
Jun 04, 2010 Lynne rated it it was amazing
I liked this book. The story is sweet and shows how everyone struggles and copes in a different way. The characters are likable. Unrealistic scenarios, but what fiction doesn't have something that is a stretch. The only thing that bugged me was the editorial job (publisher). There are several places in the book where the wrong character name is used. There are also several typo's such as using the instead of it or having an extra word in the sentence. Kind of distracting.
Lisa Swinton
Aug 22, 2014 Lisa Swinton rated it really liked it
An emotional journey is the best way to describe this book. It is very character driven.


It's rich with brilliant description that really bring the characters and settings to life. Of course, I benefit personally by having been to Baltimore on a regular basis and having vacationed on Anna Maria Island as well. Both have unique beauty and charm.

There are a lot of tangled up hearts and relationships to unravel. Ms. Lewis works the tension just right and keeps the pace moving.

It's a great beach read
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Kathryn
Feb 08, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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Betsy Love
Jul 02, 2011 Betsy Love rated it it was amazing
Awakening Avery, written by Laurie Lewis is a clean romance I thoroughly enjoyed This is not your typical romance, first of all our protagonist is not in her twenties—she’s in her forties and suffering from depression. Avery has lost her husband to a heart attack leaving this widow with a married daughter, a son who has recently come home from a mission, and another getting ready to leave on one. To heal Avery heal, her oldest son coaxes her to spend the summer in Florida on a beautiful island. ...more
Ashley Sutton-daniels
Jun 13, 2010 Ashley Sutton-daniels rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls, Girls, Girls
Recommended to Ashley by: First Reads
This book was great! I blew through it, 8 days which is huge for me just getting back into reading all the time. Also I should state I won this via Goodreads First-reads & I do plan on reading more of this authors works now!

Mrs. Lewis did such a great job writing this book, that I had to keep reading in order to find out what would happen in these characters lives next. Plus although there was technically only one main character (Avery), I loved how the book showed the lives intertwined with
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Taffy
Aug 03, 2010 Taffy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads

I haven't read any work by this author and after reading this book I might try her other works.
Avery, the main character, has lost her husband and in a sense, has lost herself. She travels to a favorite family place to find and renew herself. Along the way, she meets and introduces us to many intriguing people.
Laurie has given us a book with many characters and their stories, all woven together. I had no problem picturing each character and hearing their voices. Like the Texans, Teddie and Rider
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Theresa Sneed
Mar 22, 2011 Theresa Sneed rated it really liked it
Fabulous book! Laurie Lewis' Awakening Avery is well written and quite entertaining. Ms. Lewis has a strong talent for placing her characters in not only believable locations, but in believable situations. I found her writing to stay true to her characters. As a reader, I could feel Avery's spiritual and emotional journey as she dealt with the loss of her husband and the loss of her desire to delve into the most personal part of herself—her writing. I was intrigued from the beginning of the book ...more
Mary
Jul 27, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
I won this book. I found the first few chapters to be boring. I decided I would skip through some of the pages
to see what would happen at the end. Some section of the book were somewhat interesting about relationships and religion. The ending to me was predictable. Some characters converted to the Mormon religion.
Heather Murphy
Dec 07, 2010 Heather Murphy rated it really liked it
This book was interesting enough to keep me wanting to keep reading it all the way through. There were some great characters, lovely locations, and emotional interactions.

*******don't read forward if you haven't read unless you want to giveaway something that doesn't really matter anyway to the plot***

I thought those 2 daughters were stuck up and ditsy so I don't understand why they were a catch for those nice young men. But I suppose looks do mean a lot to guys.
Renee
Sep 02, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this book was LDS fiction when I entered the contest to win it. The references to the Mormon faith are not as in your face as some evangelical Christian works are but rather at times vague, almost as if the author is hoping you'll go looking to learn more. I am not interested in converting but the overall storyline of the lives of two widows was very good. I liked how the author brought them into each others lives....
Brenda
Jul 04, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it
An emotionally compelling story that gripped me from the start. A story of a woman's struggles to overcome the death of her husband and learn to function again within a family and the outside world. Well written insight into loss and grieving, yet filled with hope and second chances. Several interesting stories within the story. I fell in love with her characters quickly and laughed and cried with them :)
Heather
Dec 02, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
The first chapter or two were painfully boring to me. However, once I got through those it definately picked up and became an entertaining story. Very predictable and way too many people converted to the gospel, but, hey we can all dream, right? That aside, I did enjoy it.
Heather
Aug 09, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
I've previously read a book by Laurie Lewis, which I really liked, so I was disappointed to find that I didn't care for this one. I found the main character to be whiny and I just didn't enjoy the overall plot. This book may be for someone else, but not for me.
Danyelle Ferguson
Aug 23, 2010 Danyelle Ferguson rated it it was amazing
Awakening Avery was one of the best fiction novels I've read in a least a year - possibly more. There was so much depth and layers to the story. I was completely engrossed. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves drama, romance, and redemption.
Annissa
May 09, 2013 Annissa rated it it was amazing
This made for a very interesting read. It made me think of how I would respond if the situations of becoming a widow, like the main character experienced. It was a thought provoking book that shed new light on the subject.
Heather
Sep 16, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were full of life and believable. The book made me think about the way I am raising my children and how that will impact them when they are older.
Cleo
Mar 15, 2011 Cleo rated it liked it
This is a pretty good mid life crisis book with a Mormon slant. I enjoyed it for light reading. Fast read.
Lori
Jun 05, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! It really made me think - about my relationships, about life. Thanks Laurie!!!
Hillary
Jun 08, 2010 Hillary rated it liked it
I'll have a review posted soon! I'm getting behind!!!
Vicki
May 07, 2010 Vicki marked it as to-read
Shelves: lds-fiction
I am looking forward to reading this book soon!
Stacey
Jun 05, 2015 Stacey marked it as to-read
Won in the first reads contest.
Debbie
Jul 23, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
This was a very good book.
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