What She Left for Me
When Jana returns from a missions trip, she discovers that her pastor husband has left with his secretary…along with their bank account. Humiliated, penniless, pregnant, and very much alone, J

What She Left for Me Details

TitleWhat She Left for Me
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2005
PublisherBethany House
ISBN-139780764227769
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Romance

What She Left for Me Review

  • Jeni Enjaian
    January 1, 1970
    **Update** Peterson did a barely average job tying together the stories of Lana and her mother Eleanor. In fact, this book dwells far more on Eleanor than Lana. Peterson attempts to resolve the conflicts that plagued the characters but does so in a manner that leaves much to be desired. This book did not survive round two of the purge from my personal collection.A review from my old blog...I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book. I used to absolutely love all of Peterson's book but afte **Update** Peterson did a barely average job tying together the stories of Lana and her mother Eleanor. In fact, this book dwells far more on Eleanor than Lana. Peterson attempts to resolve the conflicts that plagued the characters but does so in a manner that leaves much to be desired. This book did not survive round two of the purge from my personal collection.A review from my old blog...I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book. I used to absolutely love all of Peterson's book but after taking a long break from reading her books I picked up one a few months ago and found the entire book entirely distasteful.Judging from that experience I did not know what to expect when I started reading this book. I enjoyed the book. I found it on one of the shelves at my grandmother's house and she gave it to me. Originally I had decided to sell it as soon as I read it but I'm actually considering keeping it.Although Peterson utilized a couple of techniques that separated me from the story momentarily she told a story that spanned three generations and thirty years in a way that made me come to love the characters.
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  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I was in the mood for something different, so I spent quite a bit of time going through my cloud at Amazon, looking through the hundreds (or maybe in the thousands now) of free books I have downloaded. I have read several of Tracie Peterson's historical books and always enjoyed them. This one read differently, and I took a chance, not knowing if I would enjoy it. The subject matter was difficult, it covers molestation and rape and infidelity, among other topics. But they were handled carefully a I was in the mood for something different, so I spent quite a bit of time going through my cloud at Amazon, looking through the hundreds (or maybe in the thousands now) of free books I have downloaded. I have read several of Tracie Peterson's historical books and always enjoyed them. This one read differently, and I took a chance, not knowing if I would enjoy it. The subject matter was difficult, it covers molestation and rape and infidelity, among other topics. But they were handled carefully and not graphically (which is another reason I read almost exclusively Christian fiction) and were an intricate part of the story. The story included forgiveness, and grace, and redemption and the reminder that no matter what awful tragedy befalls us in life, God never leaves us, He never forsakes us. We can blame God and question Why, Why God, Why me, over and over, but He is still there, waiting patiently for us to return to Him. Really good book, tough to read at times, but so well written that it was worth it.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I am giving this book two stars--it was ok. I can't say that I liked it. (view spoiler)[The premise was a great one; wife returns from a mission trip to Africa to find that her preacher husband has ran off with his secretary draining their bank accounts and taking anything of value in the home. The story expands from there to how Jana deals with this abandonment and alternates between the present and the past with a look at the life of her mother Eleanor as she was raised in a 'Hippy' commune an I am giving this book two stars--it was ok. I can't say that I liked it. (view spoiler)[The premise was a great one; wife returns from a mission trip to Africa to find that her preacher husband has ran off with his secretary draining their bank accounts and taking anything of value in the home. The story expands from there to how Jana deals with this abandonment and alternates between the present and the past with a look at the life of her mother Eleanor as she was raised in a 'Hippy' commune and also the life of Taffy her great aunt. I found Eleanor's story to be the most interesting, but the believability of the deception and actions were lacking for me. I also loved the portrait painted of Great Aunt Taffy. Her positivity brought a nice touch to the book especially given the sour attitude of Eleanor. However, Eleanor's sudden change of heart seemed unbelievable to me also. I felt the book could have been wrapped up much sooner. The author tried to give answers to everything by using the Lord and church teachings to explain them. In these parts it seemed to read more like a Sunday School lesson. As I said, the book gave so many answers to human actions and human evil but still left me wondering....where are the brothers, where is the father, did Jana and the new preacher get together, did Taffy and Stanley marry...etc. (hide spoiler)]As I read through the other reviews given of this book, I feel like I am in the minority. I do have to add that normally I enjoy Christian fiction, but it seems like the spiritual lessons were overdone and I feel that the impact of these lessons could have been greater with more subtleness. I do applaud the author for tackling tough issues and using Christian teachings to give us hope.
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  • Michelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    THis book had a very interesting and novel plot. Jana's mother's is what compelled me to continue reading this book.However, for me, there became a point at which I found that too many things had happened to one charachter to be believable. I also really had trouble with some of the reactions or lack there of, of the aunt.At the end of the book, I got so tired of the preachy feel of the novel that I did not feel it was really worth finishing. There has to be a way to make a point in a novel with THis book had a very interesting and novel plot. Jana's mother's is what compelled me to continue reading this book.However, for me, there became a point at which I found that too many things had happened to one charachter to be believable. I also really had trouble with some of the reactions or lack there of, of the aunt.At the end of the book, I got so tired of the preachy feel of the novel that I did not feel it was really worth finishing. There has to be a way to make a point in a novel without forcing one's pespective down the throat of the reader! If someone had told Eleanor's story without all of the heavy handed preachy feel, I would have liked this book.There is also a place in here when Jana has to face a truly vile person from her past and I am just sorry, I do not believe that the situation would have resolved itself the way that it did here, pardon me but I rolled my eyes sooooo many times while reading certain portions of this book I don't know why I don't have a headache.I began this book really interested in what the author had to say, by the end I no longer cared and did not believe ANY of her charachters.
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  • Jolene
    January 1, 1970
    I commend Tracie for tackling subjects that could easily be avoided, especially within the Christian fiction genre. She has a note in the beginning of her book, however, that she wouldn't recommend it for everyone as there could be triggers- and I have to agree. This is a book that addresses deep-seated issues and disturbing traumatic events that could possibly not sit well with some. Tracie's captivating writing style and well-developed characters drew me in to the point where I felt like I kne I commend Tracie for tackling subjects that could easily be avoided, especially within the Christian fiction genre. She has a note in the beginning of her book, however, that she wouldn't recommend it for everyone as there could be triggers- and I have to agree. This is a book that addresses deep-seated issues and disturbing traumatic events that could possibly not sit well with some. Tracie's captivating writing style and well-developed characters drew me in to the point where I felt like I knew them. She also did a wonderful job creating back-stories and revealing them in a very unique way. In the end, a thought-provoking novel that is a little out of my usual style but worth it in the end.
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  • C.
    January 1, 1970
    This novel contains some tough subject matter but it was handled well. I enjoy what is sometimes called "gritty" or "edgy" Christian fiction. It goes into deeper, realistic situations. This story touches on some serious issues but doesn't get into graphic detail. You know what is happening without getting too much info.This is a difficult read due to the subject matter but the author does an excellent job of showing the hope and love that Christ gives to those who believe. I was impressed by how This novel contains some tough subject matter but it was handled well. I enjoy what is sometimes called "gritty" or "edgy" Christian fiction. It goes into deeper, realistic situations. This story touches on some serious issues but doesn't get into graphic detail. You know what is happening without getting too much info.This is a difficult read due to the subject matter but the author does an excellent job of showing the hope and love that Christ gives to those who believe. I was impressed by how the story plays out. It really opened my eyes to how something tragic and painful can lead to guilt and emotions I hadn't thought possible.I highly recommend this book for anyone who has suffered from abuse, especially that of a sexual nature. It shows so much hope and forgiveness.
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  • Natasha Briggs
    January 1, 1970
    What a book. From the worst possible situation to the very best outcome. If you do not believe in the power of God you are missing out. Without preaching or forcing the Word of God upon you this book shows you how having faith in God can make our life better. Jana feels like her life is over when her husband leaves her unexpectedly and then she also finds out that she is pregnant. Having to make some serious life changes Jana gets to experience the love of her family and the people around her. T What a book. From the worst possible situation to the very best outcome. If you do not believe in the power of God you are missing out. Without preaching or forcing the Word of God upon you this book shows you how having faith in God can make our life better. Jana feels like her life is over when her husband leaves her unexpectedly and then she also finds out that she is pregnant. Having to make some serious life changes Jana gets to experience the love of her family and the people around her. This is a wonderful book with some bad situations that happen all the time. With the bad it shows you that there is also good in the world.
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  • Nancy DeValve
    January 1, 1970
    Three generations of women are brought together when the youngest one's husband walks out on her and she discovers she is pregnant at the same time. The women are an aunt/great aunt, mother, and daughter. As the book unfolds, so do the stories of unfaithfulness, abuse, rape, and abandonment. One of the women has found joy while one has turned bitter. The story is good, but the flashbacks were a little hard to follow sometimes. Also, the writing seemed very stilted at times. It was encouraging to Three generations of women are brought together when the youngest one's husband walks out on her and she discovers she is pregnant at the same time. The women are an aunt/great aunt, mother, and daughter. As the book unfolds, so do the stories of unfaithfulness, abuse, rape, and abandonment. One of the women has found joy while one has turned bitter. The story is good, but the flashbacks were a little hard to follow sometimes. Also, the writing seemed very stilted at times. It was encouraging to see how God works through our difficulties, but since the book was awkward to read I didn't love it.
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  • J Layne
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t recall encountering those same words of the title in the novel anywhere. I don’t know what it means exactly. It’s a bit ambiguous, and maybe that is what the author wants. Enjoyed reading. Infidelity, incest and the hippie culture are all dealt with deftly and handled with discretion. This is NOT a graphic novel. Very well written and presents salvation in Christ as the only hope in our flawed human lives. Probably not a book for teens, but I would highly recommend it for adults. As alwa I don’t recall encountering those same words of the title in the novel anywhere. I don’t know what it means exactly. It’s a bit ambiguous, and maybe that is what the author wants. Enjoyed reading. Infidelity, incest and the hippie culture are all dealt with deftly and handled with discretion. This is NOT a graphic novel. Very well written and presents salvation in Christ as the only hope in our flawed human lives. Probably not a book for teens, but I would highly recommend it for adults. As always for Tracie Peterson books, no cursing or vulgar language.
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  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    One reason why I enjoyed this book was that Peterson was not afraid to take such difficult life circumstances and topics and show that even in some of the worst scenarios we can trust God, and He has the power to redeem.
  • Julie Malcolm
    January 1, 1970
    How should we respond when bad things happen to good people? The author attempts an answer in this engaging story.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Good story, great characters, but so many questions left unanswered. Hopefully there will be a sequel to wrap up the story.
  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    A really good story with religious overtones. While sometimes the "preaching" got a bit much, but overall I liked the story itself and the healing of the mother/daughter relationship.
  • Carolyn Tye
    January 1, 1970
    This is perhaps the best written work of the author. Very realistic and multi layered.
  • Lynn Semer
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent story of forgiveness.
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the story line, and liked the message but felt like we were left hanging. What did happen to Eleanor's dad and brothers?
  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    plot summary: what happens, when & where, central characters, major conflicts[return]jana returns from a mission trip to africa to find the shock of her life. puzzled that her pastor-husband isn't there to meet her, she takes a taxi home and finds an empty house--and a note. her husband has run off with the church secretary and left her alone--and pregnant (he didn't know about the baby, she just found out and was planning to tell him when she returned from her trip). he also cleared out the plot summary: what happens, when & where, central characters, major conflicts[return]jana returns from a mission trip to africa to find the shock of her life. puzzled that her pastor-husband isn't there to meet her, she takes a taxi home and finds an empty house--and a note. her husband has run off with the church secretary and left her alone--and pregnant (he didn't know about the baby, she just found out and was planning to tell him when she returned from her trip). he also cleared out their savings account and took her jewelry and since they lived in the church parsonage she must leave by the end of the week. seems the church has already found a new pastor, and while some of the members are very kind to her, jana feels that she has to leave. she calls her mother eleanor and packs up to go live with her and her great-aunt fanny up north. however, she and her mother have never gotten along, and jana finds that her new situation is causing them all to face painful secrets from their past, secrets that have been buried for far too long. [return][return]style characterisics: pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.[return]the story switches points of view once jana is with her mother, which allows us to hear eleanor's story. it flashes back to when she was a little girl growing up in a hippie commune with two very unconventional parents. peterson's story flows through these transitions smoothly, and the main characters of jana, eleanor, and aunt taffy all get a chance to share painful episodes from the past. the amount of trauma revealed seems almost unbelievable, peterson definately gives her characters plenty of emotional baggage to work through. utimately their faith is able to help them make some breakthroughs and start healing. taffy is a particularly endearing character, a spunky senior with a no holds barred attitude on life.[return][return]how good is it?[return]a nice way to explore the painful issues of marital seperation, abuse, infidelity, etc. in a story with a somewhat "happy" ending. however, the issues seem forced upon the story and the ending too typical abd neatly resolved.
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  • Andrea Norton
    January 1, 1970
    Jana is the wife of a pastor. She discovers she is pregnant with a very much planned child while on a mission trip to Africa. Upon returning home she finds a note from her husband explaining that he has left her for another woman. He has drain their bank accounts, sold anything of value, and stolen and sold jewelry given to her by her great aunt. This book deals with some very difficult issues. Some reviewers found the circumstances hard to believe but I didn't. My husband studied sexual crimes Jana is the wife of a pastor. She discovers she is pregnant with a very much planned child while on a mission trip to Africa. Upon returning home she finds a note from her husband explaining that he has left her for another woman. He has drain their bank accounts, sold anything of value, and stolen and sold jewelry given to her by her great aunt. This book deals with some very difficult issues. Some reviewers found the circumstances hard to believe but I didn't. My husband studied sexual crimes and the things written in this book fit with the things he was taught. I enjoyed the characters but found Jana's mother the hardest to relate to. As a Christian I didn't find it too preachy. Jana is dealing with some very hard things and thinking about them in relation to the Bible naked sense in a book where the character was a pastor's wife. I wouldn't recommend this book to just anyone. It might not be appropriate for young readers. I do feel that the book and other books like it should be written. Sexual abuse is a terrible and often misunderstood crime that deserves to be addressed. I gave the book three stars because it's just not my typical couldn't put it down kind of read but I rate on the strict side. If you like contemporary literature and like Tracie Peterson you will probably love this book. It's very well written.
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  • Cyndi Bowman
    January 1, 1970
    Jana returns from a church missions trip to find her world turned completely inside out. Everything she thought was secure in her life has been ripped away by her pastor-husband who had used Jana's absence to take off with the church secretary and all the couple's money. Jana has no choice but to turn to her own mother for help, a choice she would never have made if circumstances had not forced her. But now that Jana and her mother find themselves living in the same house, all the hurt and rejec Jana returns from a church missions trip to find her world turned completely inside out. Everything she thought was secure in her life has been ripped away by her pastor-husband who had used Jana's absence to take off with the church secretary and all the couple's money. Jana has no choice but to turn to her own mother for help, a choice she would never have made if circumstances had not forced her. But now that Jana and her mother find themselves living in the same house, all the hurt and rejection of both lifetimes create a tsunami that can either drown the women or make them fight for their very lives. Delicate subjects are dealt with compassionately. I took a couple of messages from this book: forgiveness is a powerful tool that changes the forgiver whether the forgiven acknowledges the change or not, and God is bigger than the most awful things human beings can think or do to each other.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I finished reading this book in 2 days. I found myself staying up late just to finish. I love the character Taffy and hope to be like her in my golden years. The trials that the women in this book go through are so like the trials of too many women. It is refreshing to me always to read a Christian view on tragedy. I think we all have asked "why do bad things happen to good people"? Once again an author has touched on God's purpose for us when tragedy strikes. This is a quick read, but by all me I finished reading this book in 2 days. I found myself staying up late just to finish. I love the character Taffy and hope to be like her in my golden years. The trials that the women in this book go through are so like the trials of too many women. It is refreshing to me always to read a Christian view on tragedy. I think we all have asked "why do bad things happen to good people"? Once again an author has touched on God's purpose for us when tragedy strikes. This is a quick read, but by all means, not and EASY read. It touches on some very tough issues. I hope other readers will enjoy these characters; their strengths and their vulnerabilities.
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fiction book about a pregnant pastor's wife whose husband leaves her to run off with his secretary. Since she has no place to go, she goes to live with her great aunt and mother, and as a result, ends up resolving lots of issues surrounding all three women and their relationships.Tracie is one of my favorite authors, but this book was a bit different from her normal style, which tends to be historical fiction. The plot is a little far-fetched, with lots of twists and turns. But, I love This is a fiction book about a pregnant pastor's wife whose husband leaves her to run off with his secretary. Since she has no place to go, she goes to live with her great aunt and mother, and as a result, ends up resolving lots of issues surrounding all three women and their relationships.Tracie is one of my favorite authors, but this book was a bit different from her normal style, which tends to be historical fiction. The plot is a little far-fetched, with lots of twists and turns. But, I love her writing style, so I enjoyed reading the book
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  • Pam Lemmon
    January 1, 1970
    A great read.....Having grown up in the 60's during the hippie movement this book brought back memories of that time. Although I never joined the hippie communes I had a good idea of how they lived and their ideas of what true freedom meant. I can see how their lifestyle would affect their children in such a negative way. This author has the ability to express the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and how accepting that love that is so freely offered can truely set you free.
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  • Cindy Barnett
    January 1, 1970
    What She Left For Me This is a great story of family trials and how love and forgiveness helps to heal. A mother and daughter, Eleanor and Jana, struggle through issues of sexual abuse, rape, and infidelity. They learn the value of love and forgiveness from a great aunt, Tilly, who shows unconditional love and faith. Having experienced similar experiences, I felt a connection to these characters. I saw some of the things that I had to deal with. I give this two thumbs up and five stars.
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  • Shirley Henning
    January 1, 1970
    Was not for me.I have loved all her books except this one. It was so intense, so full of anger, misunderstanding, abuse, sadness, you name it. if it wasn't for Taffy's character I would have not finished the book. I do appreciate the strong Christian witness in the book but going thru all the characters' issues and experiences was depressing and anything but enjoyable reading. I've said this before that it may be real life to some people but I can watch this kind of stuff on the daily news.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    The message of this book is better than the writing itself, though the story was somewhat engaging. The narration jumps back and forth between past and present, telling the story of a grown woman in her twenties, her mother and her great-aunt, and how their lives have effected each other. Each has had her own trials and traumas, some of them secret, and how they deal with these crises has implications for the other. Issues of infidelity and abuse are involved; again, the message of how to handle The message of this book is better than the writing itself, though the story was somewhat engaging. The narration jumps back and forth between past and present, telling the story of a grown woman in her twenties, her mother and her great-aunt, and how their lives have effected each other. Each has had her own trials and traumas, some of them secret, and how they deal with these crises has implications for the other. Issues of infidelity and abuse are involved; again, the message of how to handle this is a very good message, but here is a bit pat and predictable.
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  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    Dealing with some pretty deep issues, Peterson was able to lighten the weight of the pall by creating an interesting cast of characters. The warning given at the start was much appreciated, and though part of a sin filled world, the issues dealt with are definitely some I wish to protect my daughter from as long as possible. Having read several books by this author, Peterson definitely has a specific writers voice, and though not my favorite author by way of her delivery, I never fail to enjoy h Dealing with some pretty deep issues, Peterson was able to lighten the weight of the pall by creating an interesting cast of characters. The warning given at the start was much appreciated, and though part of a sin filled world, the issues dealt with are definitely some I wish to protect my daughter from as long as possible. Having read several books by this author, Peterson definitely has a specific writers voice, and though not my favorite author by way of her delivery, I never fail to enjoy her creativity and character development, this was no exception.
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  • Paula-O
    January 1, 1970
    I did not think I would like this book but now am halfway through and hate to put it down. I finished this one quickly and really like the characters-All strong women, they found their inner solace and were able to change their lives. there were many difficulties and their lives were intertwined though they did not know that at first. this was a different type then I usually read but sometimes a different type story makes life interesting. I would definately reccomend this book to those that lik I did not think I would like this book but now am halfway through and hate to put it down. I finished this one quickly and really like the characters-All strong women, they found their inner solace and were able to change their lives. there were many difficulties and their lives were intertwined though they did not know that at first. this was a different type then I usually read but sometimes a different type story makes life interesting. I would definately reccomend this book to those that like to read.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    This is another well written Tracie Peterson book. The topic is a lot heavier than some though as it tackles rape and adultery in the lives of three women (great-aunt, mother, and daughter). There are no lewd details or anything but if you are considering letting a younger reader read this I would recommend reading it first to be sure you are comfortable with the book. This is a delicate topic and the author handles it well and shows the devasation that can be caused along with the freedom of fo This is another well written Tracie Peterson book. The topic is a lot heavier than some though as it tackles rape and adultery in the lives of three women (great-aunt, mother, and daughter). There are no lewd details or anything but if you are considering letting a younger reader read this I would recommend reading it first to be sure you are comfortable with the book. This is a delicate topic and the author handles it well and shows the devasation that can be caused along with the freedom of forgivness. I would recommend this book.
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  • Joan Arning
    January 1, 1970
    This was an unusual and interesting story dealing with adultery, murder, and incest. If you want a feel good romance, this book is not for you. It is the story of a young pregnant woman, her mother and great aunt. They have each faced tragedies in their lives. Jana discovers that she had made her husband her god rather than Almighty God. The ladies learn it is possible to forgive even horrible things committed against us if we want a real relationship with God.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    This book was great dealing with a very difficult subject. Life in a commune, drugs, alcohol, molestation, rape, suicide and murder. Leading to broken families and broken people. Then showing how the great healer can work in the hardest of situations and put all the broken pieces back together again.
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