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Uncut Diamonds (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Jones Gowen

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  • Länge: 386 Seiten
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Like "Steel Magnolias" with Mormon characters, UNCUT DIAMONDS celebrates family– the ordinary, the outrageous, the comical and the tragic.

A young Mormon couple seeks balance during the over-the-top decade of the seventies. Gold medallions, disco dancing, Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever are all the rage. Jimmy Carter is President during a frightening recession, with fuel bills higher than house payments. In the heartland of America, Marcie and Shawn McGill struggle to save their home, family and marriage. During these uncertain times, they come to learn what matters most.

"Gowen has an amazing talent for rich and meaningful prose. The moment you open the first page you are captivated by her writing style. Through her narrator she gets into a conversation with you and it feels as though her characters are letting you in on their deepest thoughts and feelings." ~Fabulosity Reads

“This is a story about family, about choices, about a woman who is still young but has big adult responsibilities. It’s also about being Mormon. There’s an honesty in Uncut Diamonds, a touching book. . .I found myself not being able to put it down, and was sad at the appearance of the last page.” ~Amy Saia, author,The Soul Seekers

"Scenes are lucid and crisply written. The only difficulty for readers who aren’t Mormons would be the cultural terminology, but there’s a glossary for such readers.” ~Ann Carbine Best, bestselling author of In the Mirror: A Memoir of Shattered Secrets


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 868 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 386 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: WiDo Publishing (1. Juli 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003X976BG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Is Life Any Different Today than 100+ Years Ago? 9. April 2010
Von G. Glover - Veröffentlicht auf
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Uncut Diamonds by Karen Jones Gowen was written in 2009 about a young mother raising her family in Central Illinois during the 1970's

Where do I start with this review? Buy Uncut Diamonds, read it, and pass it on to some of your friends or relatives! I was interested in this book after reading another by Gowen, titled Farm Girl. This book is a fictional account of a young family raising their children in the 1970's while having great faith in their religious convictions. The parallel is made between the lady's grandparent's accounts of meeting the challenges of life 100+ years earlier. Is there a difference between lives today compared to `not so long ago'?

Different age groups of people will certainly enjoy this book as you will be able to relate with the main characters whether you are great grandparents (the 80-95 year old crowd), grandparents (60 year olds), or parents (30 years old), and can vividly recall the 1970's. It would be fun to have one of the 30 year old crew to continue the writing of Gowen's in the future to learn of their perspective of growing up in a large, religious family.

This book probably will not be a million dollar seller, but is a fun book with which to sit down and relax. I read it over three days and couldn't wait to continue with it. Lots of characters were introduced at the beginning, but I quickly determined who the main characters were and who the relatives, the minor cast members were. I kind of dreaded reading about the Mormons thinking that this book might become a bible pounding venture. It wasn't. It just happens to be the faith that this family believes in while they live their lives.

I'd give Uncut Diamonds 4  stars, but Amazon wants the reviewers to make a decision. Thus, it's a 5! You'll have fun reading it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Well-Written Relaxing Read 21. März 2011
Von Ann Carbine Best - Veröffentlicht auf
This is a story of a young Mormon family who struggles through uncertain times. When the story begins, Jimmy Carter is president, the Vietnam War hasn't ended, the country is in a frightening recession, and mortgage rates are escalating. Against this backdrop, Marcie and Shawn, who want many children, are struggling to raise a family. The author has a strong command of the language. Dialogue is especially good. The characters are people I know and can relate to. I especially like the juxtaposition of the grandparents' lives in an earlier time with Marcie's life in the seventies; a grandmother who lived through the Dust Bowl days in Nebraska. I especially liked such passages as this from the grandmother's journal: "The farm is not always such a pleasant place to live. We have gone through drought, and grasshoppers that would take whole fields of corn when it was ready to tassel. I have seen swarms of grasshoppers that were so thick they hid the sun like a cloud." In1978 Illinois Marcie has all the modern conveniences, and also financial struggles. [Marcie says to her husband Shawn] "Have you thought about asking your parents for a loan? They have a lot more money than mine do." He looked at his father-in-law's check with an inscrutable expression. She had expected a lot more enthusiasm. [He says], "My parents loaned us $1000 for the down payment on this house, and we never paid it back. I feel kind of embarrassed asking them for more." "Embarrassed?" [she says] "You're embarrassed to ask your parents for money but not to take it from mine?" She tucked it safely into her wallet, for deposit in the bank first thing in the morning. "We're getting desperate, Shawn," [she says]. Such scenes are lucid and crisply written. The only difficulty for readers who aren't Mormons would be the cultural terminology, but there's a glossary for such readers. For me, since I'm a Mormon, this wasn't a problem. Uncut Diamonds was a relaxing read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Wonderful Book 11. März 2010
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I found Uncut Diamonds to be beautifully written and very informative as well. I enjoyed reading the book and at the same time, I learned a lot more about the Mormon lifestyle. I hope that the author writes more books because I feel that I would enjoy her writing, no matter what the subject matter. Five stars for Uncut Diamonds!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen All-in-all a pleasant read 27. Juni 2010
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This book was very well-written, and real-to-life. The reason I only give it 3 stars is because it wasn't really my cup of tea. I suppose it was a little before my time being set in the late 70s and revolving around a Mormon family trying to make do in the recession. Due to this, I unfortunately wasn't able to identify with any of the characters, but I can certainly appreciate the work and passion that went into creating this book. The one thing that struck me as brilliantly crafted, though, was the dialogue. It really brought to life, the 'fake-smile' mentality that people possessed during this era in order to 'save face', so to speak, in public. All in all, it was a pleasant read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Review - Uncut Diamonds 23. April 2010
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If you like a book that allows you to immerse yourself in another life where you can watch characters grow and change as they cope with whatever life is throwing at them, you will enjoy Uncut Diamonds. It is a gentle wander around the life of Marcie and Shawn McGill and their expanding brood of kids in smalltown USA (set in Illinois). The story charts some turbulent years in the life of this young, growing family who are challenged with the recession of the 70's which causes Shawn to lose work and ultimately they lose their house.

I just loved the central character, Marcie. She was a young mother, trying to do her best for her family but who often was overwhelmed by life - like the rest of us. I loved the spirituality that was an integral part of this Mormon family's life. It was a book that certainly resonated with me and had many similarities to Ireland in the 70's when the church played a huge role in family life.

Ultimately this is a story full of light and redemption as the family find help in all kinds of unexpected places. It highlights the love that binds families together even when on the surface there may be arguments and tensions.

For an uplifting read, you could do worse than read Uncut Diamonds!
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