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House of Diamonds (A Mormon Family Saga #2) (English Edition)
 
 

House of Diamonds (A Mormon Family Saga #2) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Jones Gowen

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In this sequel to Gowen’s debut novel, UNCUT DIAMONDS, she follows sisters Cindy and Marcie as they reach a crossroads in their lives. Marcie pursues her dream of becoming a published writer while Cindy faces a terrible tragedy. Through faith, loss and the transcending nature of sacrifice, Marcie and Cindy must learn the incredible power that comes to families when they pull together to overcome challenges. Two women, one facing opportunity, the other tragedy. Can their bond endure?

“There’s a house of diamonds awaiting each of us…we just have to know where to look. This was a heartbreaking read that caught me by surprise.” ~ Elliot Grace, author South of Charm

“The dialogue is perfect, the descriptions succinct, to the point, and just right. The characterization is spot on.” ~Jessica Bell, author String Bridge

“House of Diamonds is a heart-breaking tale of loss and faith, set in an authentic Midwestern community. Contemporary and realistic, Gowen unflinchingly shows the hardship and pain of having a sick child. It makes me want to hold mine close and count my blessings.” ~Susan Kaye Quinn, author Life, Liberty and Pursuit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 603 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 235 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: WiDo Publishing (15. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0063HKBI0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A tale of family, dreams, and heartache 17. Mai 2012
Von Amy Saia - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Another engrossing book by Karen Gowen. I don't think I've ever read a family story without murder or sex or some sort of dysfunction and still found myself glued to every page. I enjoyed the honesty of Marcie's narrative; she's a sympathetic character with enough faults to sustain a curious interest in her daily activities. The author did a very good job of pacing the story between Marcie's hectic life of house full of children, and her sister's life with a terminally ill baby. To break some of the more depressing scenes of baby Jordan's struggle with a brain tumor, we were allowed to join in the fun of Marcie's weekly attendance at a local writing group. Though it showed the quiet, heartbreaking struggle of a woman with a dream that lacked time and support, it was also just fun to read and, I thought, extremely well written.

The whole book was expertly paced. It had heart and depth; humor and tragedy. I enjoyed reading it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I loved this book 14. Februar 2012
Von Ms. Julie M. Bucknam - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
House of Diamonds is a compelling, compassionate story about two sisters' struggles with life changing events. Gowen's superb writing draws in the reader right from the beginning. I couldn't put this book down, and since it is a fast read, I didn't have to until I finished it. While it is the second book in the "Diamond" series by this author, it definitely can stand alone. It is not necessary to read "Uncut Diamonds" first to enjoy "House of Diamonds." This is an engaging novel by an author who knows how to capture her readers and not let them go until the end.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Heartfelt Diamonds 21. April 2012
Von Carol Kilgore - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Karen Jones Gowen's House of Diamonds is a from-the-heart story about the bonds of sisterhood and the importance of family. Gowen skillfully interweaves the stories of sisters Marcie and Cindy as they deal with both sorrow and happiness in their lives. House of Diamonds is also a story about love and faith.

Marcie has seven children - just seeing how that works on a daily basis was eye-opening, as my family is small. The story is about a Mormon family, and their faith plays a daily role in their lives. So I learned a little bit about the Mormon religion as well.

Overall, I very much enjoyed reading House of Diamonds.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Beautiful Note of Peace 7. November 2011
Von Bnickel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The scene that gives the book its title is gorgeous, not just for the scene itself, but for how it applies to the whole story. House of Diamonds is a candid look into the mind of a woman attempting to balance all the parts of her life -- children, husband, faith, needs of her extended family, and her own desire to write. It's not a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of tale, but one that moves along at the steady pace of a real life.

I think anyone who's had kids will be able to relate to Marcie's motherhood woes, like when she fights off envy over her husband's opportunity to "get away" on work trips while she holds down the fort, and her reflections on LaLeche guilt.

While the story had a very serious, sad thread, it was balanced by Marcie's flirtation with another aspect of her life -- writing. The meetings with her writing group added a delightful levity to the story. The group comprised entertaining, rich characters, and the on-going discussion of one of the aspiring author's plot line made for an intriguing story within a story.

Woven into House of Diamonds are thought provoking discussions of spiritual matters. These conversations showed that even though the main characters are people of strong faith, the human condition is to question, struggle against, interpret, and finally succumb to God's plan.

Something to bear in mind is that the characters live rather isolated lives in a small town in the 1980s, and there are a few moments that, while entirely believable in the setting, could come off to readers as somewhat insensitive, such as an essay titled "My Fat Sister."

I'll end with one of my very favorite passages from the book. This is at the end of a scene where Marcie visits her sister's sick baby and her sister in the hospital. The scene obviously had the potential to be heart wrenching, but Gowen instead ends it on a beautiful note of peace:

"The longer Marcie sat in their company, the more aware of that bond she became. She felt it a privilege to be part of it for a time, and she found it difficult to leave the tender aura that enveloped baby Jordan's room."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Do not let the religion frighten you. 5. November 2011
Von Jessica Bell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
You do not need to be a Mormon to enjoy this book. Nor do you need to believe in a religion of any kind. You do not even need to be a mother, or have experienced taking care of a sick child, or even have a dream you are struggling to achieve. You do not need to be any of these things to become solidly immersed in this story. Why? Because this book makes you feel like you are IN the story and experiencing the lives of these everyday, small-town, mothers, as if you were somehow wearing their skins.

The dialogue is perfect, the descriptions succinct, to the point, and in my opinion, just right. The characterization is spot on. The way the two mothers interact with each other, Marcie and Cindy, who are sisters, is so seamless I sometimes totally forgot I was reading. No matter how simple the story, that takes talent.

And you know, I'm sure some will say that there is nothing "special" about the content of this book. Nothing remarkable or exciting happens to keep you on the edge of your seat. But what is beyond special is the way in which it was told. Realistically. I believed every word of it. I felt deeply for these characters and was hooked from the very beginning, eager to simply discover whether Cindy's baby Jordan might recover from surgery (brain tumor), and whether Marcie would finally write that novel she's been struggling to start--and gosh, she has seven kids, who wouldn't struggle with that?

This was a very wholesome read. It's the kind of book you can relax into. I recommend it to any woman who can appreciate a story that is real. I'm a sucker for real, so I guess that's why I enjoyed it so much despite not being at all religious. I'm looking forward to see what else this author has up her sleeve.
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