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Never Say Never

(Daily, Texas #3)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 ratings  ·  151 reviews

Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots -- and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily -- until she discovers he may be promise

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Published February 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Nolan
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very rarely will read books that have a religious bent to them, especially
if I fear the author is going to pound the pulpit and riffle her Bible in my
face. So I've no idea what possessed me to read this book. What's really
even more surprising to me is that I enjoyed it. This book is squeaky clean
for those of you who take that into consideration when deciding what you
will read.

You are immediately introduced to three charming older women. They're all
going to take a cruise for the first time in t
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Kelly Hager
According to the back of the book: "Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots in any one place--and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily--until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the win ...more
Annissa
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the story idea, but the problem was the ending. There is a pattern in this series that the beginning and middle of the story is full of fluff and many details. Then the story abruptly ends with very little splash. The endings do not match the style of writing with leaves the reader a little disappointed and wanting more details.
Jerry
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out good...but, after a while, it lost me.
Angelc
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers.

"Never Say Never" was so much more than what I expected! I thought it would be fluffy chick lit, but it was a meaningful, heartfelt story of two women flung together during a natural disaster.

The story is told in alternating chapters, told by twenty-something Kai Miller and 70 year old Donetta Bradford. Kai floats through life with no roots and has no connections to her family, which fell apart when her younger brother pass
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Virginia
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caught in the chaos of evacuating a small coastal town directly in the path of a ferocious hurricane, two women’s lives intersect. Kai Miller, a young woman with a past even stormier than hurricane Glorietta, comes across 70-yr-old Donetta Bradford stranded in a minivan, out of gas and miles from safety. Donetta is accustomed to having her own way, but this time her headstrong determination has nearly gotten her and her friends killed. They pile into Kai’s VW van and flee, but the only thing mov ...more
Meg
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-nice
There were things that I enjoyed about this book, and things that I didn’t. I liked the idea of writing a novel that takes places before, during, and after a hurricane. I haven’t read anything with that as a background so I was intrigued.

What I loved about the book were the many secondary characters that we are introduced to and how, despite the amount, they only add to the story and don’t overwhelm the story or the main characters. I liked that they added to the overall story, the main charact
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Cheryl
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kai Miller works for a cruise ship. While out on a cruise, a hurricane blows through causing the cruise ship to set port for safety in Daily, Texas. Kai can’t wait for the hurricane to pass, so she can get moving again. Kai is not one to stick around in one place too long. Kai may have a change of heart when she meets good looking Kemp Eldridge. In addition to what plans Aunt Donetta has cooked up for Kai.

This book sounded good but for me, I never really became fully immersed in the book or the
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Paula
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The hurricane evacuation scenes seemed to be very accurate of how desperate the situation would be. The two main characters, a young woman and an older woman, played against each other perfectly. This was my first novel written by Lisa Wingate and I most definitely will be reading her again.
Kelly
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book! I hate to see that series end. I'll definitely be reading more of her books!
Mwolff
Jun 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of gentle Christian fiction
Recommended to Mwolff by: Bethany House
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Kristy Mills
It was a cute story. Nothing super compelling about it. I wish there were more moments between Kai and Kemp. I really enjoyed reading the times when they were together. For example when Kemp couldn't stop laughing about Miss Peach's citizens arrest comment. That whole scene made me actually laugh out loud. It was so well described, I could see him doubling over in a fit of laughter. There were actually a lot of scenes that really made me laugh. Lisa Wingate can really paint a good picture of wha ...more
Margaret
A hurricane is headed toward Perdida, Texas, but 69 year old Donetta isn't worried. She has had her new laptop set on the webpage of the cruise line and every time she checks, all is well and departure is still a go at the regular time. In spite of their worries, friends Imagene and Lucy set off with Donetta, making the long drive from their small town of Daily to Perdida to board the ship and at long last, put a little adventure into their lives.

When the three get closer to Perdida they notice
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Alison Hunt
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Dailycheapreads
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daily Hair and Body is hoppin’ like a sale barn on sheep and goat day, in the words of Donetta Bradford.

Donetta is back to narrate half of Never Say Never, the third in Lisa Wingate’s delightful Daily, Texas, series. I’d been waiting to read this final book and Lisa kindly shared a copy for me to review. Just like a slice of Imagene’s pecan pie, you can’t wait to dig in, then want to savor every last bite.

The story kicks off as Donetta, Imagene and Lucy head off to take a cruise. Except Hurrican
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Ashley
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Filled with romance, troubled pasts and lots of blue hair, Never Say Never is my first encounter with author, Lisa Wingate. Never Say Never is the story of 2 woman, different in almost every way but, one, The Liberation ocean liner and dead-beat fathers (okay, I guess that's actually two). 27 yr. old Kai Miller, has been all over with her gypsy family, and finally has a somewhat steady job working for a cruise line and an apartment to call "home". Donetta Bradford, 70 yrs. old and feeling every ...more
Deborah Malone
Jan 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about two women from different generations who meet during an evacuation of a hurricane. They are thrown together in a difficult situation but before long they strike up a bond. Aunt Donetta is a character that has appeared in the other books of Lisa's. She is from the small town of Daily, Texas. I really like Donetta's character, she is a strong woman with a wonderful sense of humor. She will keep you laughing throughout the book even during times of trouble.

The other main chara
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Katie
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
After reading this book, I found it is apart of a series called the Daily Texas Series. I also want to note that this is a Christian book, but for those who don't like very 'preachy' books, this one is for you. Lisa Wingate incorporates her faith in a very light way, but you are still able to see her strong faith.

The whole idea of a hurricane was very new to me. I've never read another book about one. It was interesting to see the chaos that ensues during evacuation. I liked that Lisa also inclu
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Carly
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes in life it is hard to understand that the storms we must face can actually turn out to be tremendous blessings. Sometimes it can take something like a hurricane to literally force us out of a rut and into a blessing from God. I really enjoyed the blessings that Kai experienced from this situation that seemed so bad in every way. A large portion of the beginning half of this book simply revolves around the hurricane evacuation. At first it looks like everything will be ok, but the situa ...more
Sandra
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Home isn't a place, a structure you create from wood or bricks or mortar, building the walls high and strong, to keep out the storms of life. Home is in the things you carry with you, the treasures of the heart..... It is a dwelling place you share with the people who matter most, a refuge in which you are never alone. The Builder is always nearby, tearing down old walls and adding new rooms, repairing the damage of wind and weather, filling empty spaces with new gifts." What a great ending to ...more
Evelyn
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I was allowed to sum this book up in two words, I'd say this:

COMPLETELY DELIGHTFUL!!!

I started this book (Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate) assuming it would be an easy read, but a fairly simplistic, predictable, and possibly even cheesy love story. Instead I found a heartwarming, light-hearted read that dug a little deeper. The story line was not completely centered in a romance, although that did play a bit of a part (allow me my guilty pleasure, people!!)

I found myself immersed in the chara
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Laura
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When senior citizen Donetta's cruise is threatened by a sudden shift in a hurricane's course, she is thrown together with twenty-something Kai, who is also trying to escape the storm's arrival. What happens next is two women's journey from survival to healing.


I love Lisa Wingate's books, especially the small town flair and character. Being a Texan, some of the dialect seems a bit exaggerated, but that's what makes it fun. Never Say Never reunites readers with the characters they already know an
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Ed
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Never Say Never" by Lisa Wingate is an exciting and stimulating book! It sweeps the reader through the evacuation and dangers of a category 4 hurricane to Radar's (one of the dogs) trying to get sticky rat trap boxes off his face and feet!

One of the rescuers, Kemp riding up top of the post drill with a chain saw in his hand will be long remembered. The reader once again gets to enjoy the goings on in Daily, Texas with Donetta, Imagene, and Lucy whom we met in another of Lisa Wingate's books "T
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Casey
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Combine three women headed for a cruise, a hurricane, two separate love interests and a quirky town and NEVER SAY NEVER makes for an interesting novel.
The characters were fun and I enjoyed them. They were quirky and unique. Donetta and her Southern hospitality was such fun. The ending was fun and mysterious, making for my favorite part. There were light hearted moments of laughter and fun and the town of Daily, Texas was its own character with a memorable setting and residents.
But in my opinio
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Maggie Boyd
From Amazon:
Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots in any one place--and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily--until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai,
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Theresa
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens through Adult
"Never Say Never" was a really fun read. It's a cozy type of story that has suspense, drama, and some romance mixed in. The story comes from two points of view - Kai's and Donetta. Kai is a young and sensible woman who works for a cruise line and didn't have much of a family life. Donetta is an all around Southern hairdresser who uses her Southern charm to manipulate and get what she wants - but in a charming and hard to refuse kind of way. These two very different woman end up crossing paths, a ...more
Caroline
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
A wonderful end to the Daily, Texas series.

Highlights:
1) The memorable presence of unusual animal metaphors -
-We ain't got the sense of a goat!
- When Imagene finds this out, she'll be like a badger in a barrel.
- as likely as hogs in toe shoes
- hoppin' around like a field mouse on a hot tar patch
- Imagene was on this like a coonhound on a tree
- that boy looked moony as a coyote.
2) So much less romance than the other two in this series. Kai and Kemp meet in the end of chapter 12 out of total 26
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Ken Bickley
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually a big fan of so-called Christian fiction. Much of it is poorly conceived and even more poorly written. Not so this book. Lisa Wingate is a skilled author who spins a good tale. She tells in this novel of Kai Miller, a young cruise-ship social director, and Donetta Bradford, a 70-years-old small-town-Texas hair-dresser, by alternating chapters written in the first person by each of them. The story brings them together when a hurricane hits fictional Perdida, Texas, just before the ...more
Nenette
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though Christian, all the books in this series weren't preachy at all. In this third installment, I laughed over the egg juggling homily espousing the concept of one's plate being too full to care. I've also read stories similar to the homily, but the way it was told in the book through Donetta's voice was just over the top hilarious, and yet the message is loud and clear.

Featured in this book are the voices of Donetta Bradford, who was a character one wouldn't miss in the first two installments
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Brenda
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
A 27 year old woman meets some interesting people as she heads north away from a hurricane that is going to hit land soon. She meets three older ladies who have been heading south to catch a cruise ship for a fun vacation. The four women end up together with a creole congregation also running from the storm. After the storm the whole group goes on to Daily Texas to wait until the roads are cleared- Daily being the hometown of the three older ladies. While there Kai meets Kemp Eldridge and learns ...more
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