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In All Things

4.49  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Jakob and Meri's story continues...

Meredith Louis's Hollywood career is at a point of transition. No longer under Majestic Studios control, Meri is free to broaden her appeal as an actress and finally earn the recognition she desires.

Meri and Jakob return to their hometown for the holidays where Meri hopes to reconcile with her parents after a decade of silence. But afte
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Published November 1st 2010 by Desert Breeze Publishing (first published October 29th 2010)
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Tracy Krauss
Nov 13, 2010 Tracy Krauss rated it it was amazing
In All Things is the sequel to Shawna Williams’ debut novel No Other, a touching and heart felt story of God’s faithfulness amidst the seemingly impossible circumstances surrounding a young couple who find themselves in love during the post World War Two era. I loved No Other and was quite honestly skeptical about what a sequel might hold. When I first started to read In All Things, I almost didn’t want to continue. I was satisfied with the ‘happily ever after’ of the first book, and I wanted it ...more
Carie Lawyer
Feb 08, 2011 Carie Lawyer rated it it was amazing
Shawna Williams pulled me right back into Meri and Jakob's story with In All Things. Her characters come to life because they are filled with strengths and weaknesses. I couldn't help but love the cast of secondary characters who help the couple learn important lessons. It was so fun to see some of them grow up after reading No Other. The story weaves faith, hope and love together into book that is compelling enough to be read time and again.
Through the book Jacob and Meri are forced to deal w
Nov 01, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I didn't think I could possibly enjoy the second book in this series more than the first. After all, No Other made my top fiction list for 2010. It's rare that more than one book in a series ends up on my favorites list in the same year. But In All Things struck a chord in me that resonates still. It had to do with characterization. Ms. Williams does a better job than most novelists in this department because she's not afraid to create human characters. Flawed characters. Characters who act like ...more
Diane Craver
Jul 07, 2011 Diane Craver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Other was an incredible debut novel by Shawna Williams, and I gave it the highest rating. Her second book, In All Things, which continues the Wilheimer family saga, is even more impressive. I didn’t think this was possible after loving No Other. The Wilheimer story resumes ten years later in this second book. Meri and Jakob are raising their three children in California because Meri’s dream of wanting to be an actress became true. Her Hollywood name is Meredith Louis. Jakob is a successful ar ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
In All Things is a sequel to No Other which I hadn’t read -- but that was no obstacle because it was easy to pick up the storyline. Meri and Jakob have survived a tumultuous romance and come out the other end in a contented, comfortable marriage with three children. Jakob is now an architect and encourages his wife to follow her career dream which is to be an actress. So they move to Los Angeles.

This is a story about lack of communication in families, misunderstandings and the inability to expr
Nora St Laurent
Mar 29, 2011 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
Shawna Williams’ novel, In All Things, depicts two imperfect people in pursuit of God and the desires of their heart. Meri desires movie stardom, and her husband, Jakob, wants to be an architect and provide for his family, all while raising twin boys. Can these parents stay on track to achieve their goals and yet make the sacrifices needed for their family’s greater good? Williams captures the movie business of the 1950s, when Hollywood studios seemed to own their stars. The nostalgia of that ti ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
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As soon as I finished No Other, book one of this series by Shawna Williams, I instantly started In All Things. I went in to reading In All Things with a huge smile on my face; I was so happy that things worked out with Jakob and Meri and I couldn’t wait to read more about their amazing love journey. I expected things to get a little rough for the couple once they pursued Meri’s dream of becoming an actress but it was still hard to read.

Now that the family has moved to California they face all k
Kat Heckenbach
Jun 04, 2012 Kat Heckenbach rated it it was amazing
"In All Things" is a continuation of the story of Meri and Jakob Wilheimer that began in "No Other." Several years have passed and Jakob and Meri have achieved many of the goals they had dreamed about in "No Other." Meri is now a well-known actress with the stage name Meredith Louis, and Jakob is a successful architect. In some ways they have more than they could have ever hoped for, but in other ways their dreams prove to not be so dreamy after all.

The full cast of characters from "No Other" is
Oct 26, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it
Things aren’t always as they appear. I think is a core message in this story. Along with, in any circumstance if we give our hearts to God, He can use us for great things.

Meri and Jakob’s story take up several years after the end of the first book, No Other, and right away I could tell there is strife in their household. I believe this book shows an excellent example of what life must be like for a married couple with one or two feet in Hollywood. But this book isn’t a sermonette about such situ
Nov 21, 2010 Carman rated it it was amazing
I loved how this book continued the story from No Other (which I loved, by the way). This story addressed issues in the relationship between Meri and Jacob, but also in their personal relationship with God. I loved how this story took place somewhere completely different form the first book! In was a cool change of pace.

One thing that I noticed was a lot of the things that happened between Meri and Jacob could have been avoided if they had just talked openly and honestly with each other. Communi
Nov 26, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
In All Things is the sequel to Shawna K. Williams' No Other and continues the story of Meri and Jakob. Although it could stand alone, I suggest you read the first in the series before picking this one up.

I enjoyed No Other, but In All Things eeked past it as my favorite of the two. There were several aspects I really loved about this novel. I was surprised by the turn Jakob and Meri's lives took, but I totally loved the Old Hollywood setting. My fascination with celebrity biographies is well doc
Janet Davis
Jan 19, 2016 Janet Davis rated it really liked it
This book is a sequel to No Other and should definitely be read after No Other. Another reviewer called this book "edgy" in regard to the sexual content. Edgy is much too harsh a term. The book is about a married couple. It's beautifully written and a wonderful follow up to No Other. Married couples have sex. There are no lurid details and it is all tastefully written. I, as a married women, appreciated it as part of their lives and the story. I do not, however, recommend that anyone under perha ...more
B.J. Robinson
Oct 16, 2011 B.J. Robinson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian and romance readers
IN ALL THINGS by Shawna K. Williams is a full length novel published by Desert Breeze in November 2010, a sequel to NO OTHER. Shawna writes inspirational romances with God at the heart of the story, and I loved this one especially because the ending was so beautiful and touching. The author weaves a story that showcases true human emotions and feelings, life, and troubled relationships as Jacob and Meri continue to pursue their dreams. He's determined that she realizes her dream of becoming an a ...more
Jennifer Hartz
Jan 22, 2011 Jennifer Hartz rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness! I was so happy to find out that Meri and Jakob’s story continued! It was like reuniting with old friends. Shawna K. Williams’ ability to create believable characters makes me genuinely concerned for their well-being. Unlike “traditional” Christian novels, this story is real, showing that Christians struggle with sin and, on occasion, actually do sin. It’s through the power and love and grace of Christ that we are able to overcome. “Traditional” Christian stories suggest that Chri ...more
Deborah Malone
Dec 02, 2010 Deborah Malone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a series. The first book was "No Other" that I have reviewed in the past. The first one is set during WWII and is about the internment of Germans. The second book is more about the life of a married couple who have left their little town for Hollywood so the wife can make it as a movie star. Though I liked both of the books very much, I must say that I liked the first one better. I would rate the first one a five star and then rate "In All Things" four stars. Not that ...more
Jay Kail
Dec 13, 2010 Jay Kail rated it really liked it
Same characters and great characterization as "No Other." There is more development on some of the characters who were in "No Other". For example, what IS the problem with Jakob's littlest sister and what became of Roger? When dreams come true...isn't that a good thing? There is alot more drama and I would say I had some "angst" reading "In All Things". I kept wanting to read the ending to make sure everything came out o.k. but then ...where is the fun in that? I actually liked this book even be ...more
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Shawna K. Williams grew up without giving any consideration to becoming a writer. It wasn't until after the age of thirty when a combination of events -- including a peculiar dream which eventually inspired her first two novels -- persuaded her to pursue this calling.

Her books have been praised for their honesty of portrayal and message of Grace. Shawna's hope is that through her work she can tou
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