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Leave It to Claire (Claire Everett #1)

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A modern-day single mother creates a to-do list to fix the mess she's made of her life. Will she realize the only way to truly grow is to let go of her own plans and listen to God?
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 4th 2006 by FaithWords
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Deborah R
Mar 23, 2010 Deborah R rated it really liked it
This is the book club book of the month. The book is a quick read. I woke up at 3 a.m. Saturday morning and having slept for several hours already, I didn't have any hope of going back to sleep so I read until I needed to get up and make breakfast at 6 a.m. I finished reading it while watching the Red Sox kick the Colorado Rockies out of the park. I must admit I was so engrossed in the book at one point that I missed three runs and the excitement over it. My husband was stunned that I could bloc ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 10, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
My heart connected with Claire a single mom, and her publishing journey. Claire learns to pick up the broken pieces of her life and cope the best way she can. She can laughin spite of herself.

After a surgery Claire faces the reality of how disconnected she has become while immersed in her career. Claire’s’ kids have grown distant while she was working hard, in the meantime her mother has decided to move away, and her life was spiraling out of control.

Claire comes to the conclusion that she canno
Sep 28, 2012 Cecelia rated it really liked it
Could you be friends with your unfaithful ex-husband’s new wife? The main character in Leave It To Claire struggles with this predicament.

I really enjoyed this book. The author has the perfect voice for chicklit(or momlit, not sure about the correct way to categorize this story). The story is about Claire Everett, a fairly successful romance author and the struggles she has to go through to raise her four kids as a single mother. Claire struggles to forgive her ex-husband, Rick, for his infideli
Mar 16, 2016 Jerry rated it it was ok
The story was good, but I was not a fan of the protagonist/narrator.
Apr 10, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it
If I could I would have given this book a 3.5 stars. It was an entertaining read that often was comical too. It focuses on the life of Claire, a well-known author, and that of her four kids. She has to take six weeks off of writing when she has to have surgery on her arms. The story takes you through all of Claire's discoveries during this time of reflection. This is a fairly light read and I would recommend it if you want an easy to read book :)
Feb 02, 2009 Sally rated it liked it
I sort of fell into this book accidentally. I bought it on a sales racvk a few years ago and just recently found it in a box. Had I known ahead of time that it was a Christian novel I woul dhave skipped it. Having said that, it was not bad. A little heavy on the religion, but not too bad. It was a light read, didn't really leave me with much to think about, but it was enjoyable enough that I kept going back to it.
Aug 21, 2015 Patricia rated it liked it
I liked this book, both the story and the writing. I read th rest of the series as well, and while each successive title was less enjoyable, I still would have read more about the character, if the series had continued. The biggest problem I had with the book, is similar to many of this genre- christian or not- and that is that the amount of time spent chastisibg the cheated upon wife for her lack of forgiveness, is exponentially more than is spent on the cheater: feeling; expressing behaving; a ...more
Sep 04, 2007 Deb added it
plot summary: what happens, when & where, central characters, major conflicts[return]clare is a single mom who can't believe all the trouble her life is bringing her. her kids are smart-mouthed and distant, her husband seems smug in his new marriage, his new wife wants to be her best friend, clare's doctor says she needs carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists, and her mother is moving to texas. clare's tendancy is to focus on her own problems and shut everyone else out, but some pointed advice ...more
Julie Malcolm
Feb 01, 2015 Julie Malcolm rated it really liked it
Claire is not too likeable. She's self absorbed, angry and bitter. She is however, very recognisable and that's what makes this such a great book. We see her grow through the issues she faces and in all this is quite a thought provoking read. I totally get not wanting to be best buds with your ex husband's wife even if she is someone you would like in other circumstances.

I like the author's writing style and will probably look out for her in future.
Kath Tayco
Aug 16, 2015 Kath Tayco rated it it was amazing
This book is some-kind of funny and relevant to a single mom,juggling her work being a famous writer and doing her duties being a mom of four kids.Being left behind by her own mom,she tries to be an hands-on mom to her four children and to have a good relationship with her ex-husband who is now happily married with his new wife Darcy
This book was recommended to me by a friend for work as casual vacation reading, with a Christian twist. There were definitely Christian references, although to a Christian culture that is foreign to my own. I didn't find the tone that humorous, actually, because I didn't much like the first person narrator. I disagreed with some of her parenting decisions and reactions, and couldn't get into her abiding bitterness over her 5 year old divorce from an adulterous husband. I'm deeply grateful to no ...more
Nov 11, 2012 Lynda rated it liked it
I found Claire to be rather refreshing as the heroine of a Christian fiction series. She is far from perfect, makes mistakes with her kids and her life in general. Claire is a successful author trying to raise her four children and deal with her anger at ex-husband Rick while facing carpal tunnel surgery. The surgery will sideline her writing for a while so Claire is determined to improve her life during this hiatus from work. God is working in Claire's life as she deals with unbelievably sweet ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Single mom author needs to reconnect with her kids. Good Christian book. Mom very angry and that got really old after a while.
Jun 03, 2015 Marcia rated it really liked it
This is a Christian book but it was not at all sweet and soppy like they sometimes are. Just a real woman with real problems, hurts, unforgiveness, divorce, etc. and I loved it. I bought two at a bookshop sale at the church. This was the first and I'm planning to dig into all this author's books after I finish the second one.
Sep 21, 2008 Debi rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
A down-home book about learning from your past, making changes from the inside, and real-life struggles. Told from the perspective of divorcee Claire Everett, mother of 4 children, who is a published writer trying to keep her life from falling apart. She has to deal with rebelling children, an ex-husband and his new wife who wants to be her friend, and a crush on one of her son's teachers.

This book was humorous yet serious, covering various topics that are the reality of life these days in Ameri
Sep 25, 2011 Regina rated it really liked it
For some reason this book really resonated with me, which is odd because I haven't been through anything like the main character. But I was really able to relate to her and the feelings she expressed throughout the book. I saw much of myself in Claire to the point that I actually cried several time while reading. The writer definitely captured the human emotions perfectly! Not everything is cut and dried as a Christian and it was refreshing to read a book that illustrated that so clearly.
Oct 23, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it
Claire is a divorced woman with four children. In this book, she comes to terms with her life, her divorce, and basically turns her entire life around. It’s very similar to book 28, but I think Claire comes across much more true to life. The book actually did make me cry at the end, so I was excited to see that there is a sequel coming out. I will be interested to see how a sequel will continue, however, since I felt like this book wrapped itself up quite nicely.
Nov 03, 2010 Teri rated it really liked it
my first "christian chic-lit" series. soap-operish but i enjoyed them anyway. :> i especially liked that the struggles claire has are very real christian challenges. it helped me find more areas in my life that need work and the motivation to improve. the second and third books were also good but i liked the first best.
she also wrote the "drama queen' series. they were probably 3-3.5.
read a western series of hers and was bored to tears.
Amy Brooks
Jun 10, 2009 Amy Brooks rated it did not like it
This book is utter trash. I will admit, I'm a fan of the trashy, brit-lit girl loses boy, gets new and better boy stories. But this piece of trash was not even worth reading (yet I did)! It's a stupid, predictable story about a bitter divorcee oh, but she's a Christian and throws some scripture in there too. I was horrified to find out that there are 2 more follow up books to this one. I will NOT be reading them.
May 01, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. The author is religious, not bombarding the reader with it, but definitely keeping her book clean with characters who generally want to be good. It's about a single mother trying to raise her teens. The sarcasm that the main character had throughout the book had me laughing out loud a couple of times. Fun read.
Mar 15, 2016 Fatima rated it it was amazing
All I can say is that this book should have been a bestseller. It's a really good and gripping book. I recommend it to all.
Jan 17, 2009 Jenny rated it liked it
This was a book I bought at the library; I didn't even realize until I started reading it that it is a 'Christian fiction' book (that's not a bad thing, just an FYI!) It's a good 'mom' story and I enjoyed it; I also noticed at the end that there is a sequel called 'Claire knows best' so I am going to read that one too.
May 18, 2010 Josie rated it really liked it
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Oct 11, 2008 Johanna rated it liked it
This is along the same line as yada yada in terms of easy reading. Not quite as engaging though. It focuses on just one family and the things that come up in their life. It's the kind of book where you know at the end that everything is going to work out o.k.
Oct 04, 2007 Nutz rated it really liked it
Even though I didn't know this was a "Christian" fiction book or part of a series (yay), I'm glad I picked this up.

The writing shows great wit - it made me laugh! I can't wait to read the sequels.
Jennifer Maloney
Feb 22, 2012 Jennifer Maloney rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Horrible writing. I could barely get through it. Sooooo many inconsistencies with the plot that it made me wonder if it'd been edited at all. It felt more like a rough draft than a finished novel.
Nov 23, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the first line. christian books are sometimes super cheesy and overly predictable. I fell in love with Claire from the start and lobed how she turned her life around.
Mar 28, 2012 R rated it really liked it
It was a quick and easy read! I enjoyed it! Claire was relatable and I couldn't help think about my own 'issues' when reading about hers. I would read more books by this author.
Jul 01, 2008 Sonya marked it as to-read
Not on my original to read list but I saw this at the grocery store today for 5 bucks (hardback) had to get it because it sounded good
Jul 03, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
This was a fun read, and I unfortunately found myself relating to some of the emotions of dealing with divorce situations.
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Tracey Bateman is also published as Tracey Cross, is the Christy award-winning author of more than thirty titles and has nearly a million books in print. She lives in Missouri's Ozarks with her husband and four children.
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