Doesn't She Look Natural (The Fairlawn Series #1)

by Angela Elwell Hunt

Paperback, 2007

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Tyndale House Publishers (2007), 368 pages

Original publication date

2007-09

Description

How do you cope when God asks you to bury a dream? In this new series by best-selling author Angela Hunt, readers will meet Jennifer Graham, the no-nonsense chief of staff for a Virginia senator who quits her job after a divorce and finds herself an unemployed single mom. Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her gregarious ex-husband, her efforts are stymied until she learns that she has inherited a funeral home in picturesque Mt. Dora. Jennifer journeys to the small Florida town with her two sons and her mother, never dreaming that within a mortuary she will discover she has inherited a rewarding career that teaches her far more about life than death.

Awards

Christy Awards (Nominee — 2008)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

368 p.; 8 inches

ISBN

1414311699 / 9781414311692

User reviews

LibraryThing member CoraJoanBurgett
This is book 1 of Angela Hunt's "Fairlawn Series". Jennifer Graham, hurting badly after an unwanted divorce, inherits a run-down Victorian house in Mt. Dora, FL, only to discover that it also a funeral home! You'll laugh, you'll shed a tear, and you'll applaude as Jennifer and her family face many
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challenges, and how life is transformed during the process. Well worth your time to read.
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LibraryThing member debs4jc
This is women's lit with a twist--the main character ends up inheriting a funeral home so parts of the book deal with her learning about the business of running a funeral home and mortuary. The main character--Jennifer--is going through the after effects of a divorce. She packs up her two sons and
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her mother to travel to Florida to see this funeral home she has inherited, planning on fixing it up and selling it. She still hopes she can get back together with her husband but she needs the money so away they go.
This was a fun read, yet the funny bits are interspersed with the characters dealing with issues that many readers will be able to identify with.
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LibraryThing member jewelsanne
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but it was a good book. Throughout this book you'll see Jennifer learn how to go from a fast-pace life where she wasn't a large part of her kids lives to a slow paced life where she is with them 24/7 and learning more things about them than she knew
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before. She is also trying to fund renovations to an inherited funeral home and learn how to run that while dealing with her divorice, hopes of reconcilation and heartbreak. It's a great story to see how one women deals with some of lifes toughest challenges and trying to come out on top while learning about small towns and the sense of community that comes with it.
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LibraryThing member cherryblossommj
I got this book from the library, because I heard of the sequel coming out and wanted to be ready for it. This book was just not on my level of interest though. Perhaps if I had children or was a career woman it might have been more interesting to me. But at my current time in life, it just didn't
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appeal and there are too many other things out there to read something I'm not crazy about.
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LibraryThing member cherryblossommj
I got this book from the library, because I heard of the sequel coming out and wanted to be ready for it. This book was just not on my level of interest though. Perhaps if I had children or was a career woman it might have been more interesting to me. But at my current time in life, it just didn't
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appeal and there are too many other things out there to read something I'm not crazy about.
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LibraryThing member praisemusictlp
This was a funny book. It's the first in the series. It's about a divorced woman who inherits a funeral home and since she doesn't have a job, she goes to the home to fix it up, intending to sell it. It was well-written and I enjoyed it.
LibraryThing member olegalCA
Hmmm, life in a funeral home - sounds spooky but not bad. The author has some pretty "contrivy" plot twists that I wasn't too fond of and she doesn't quite capture the "small town America where everyone loves each other" the way Jan Karon does but it's still a good read.
LibraryThing member sraelling
A pleasant story, although it took her a long time to give up on her e-husband. I was ready for her to move on sooner.
LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
Sometimes what we want (or think we want) isn't what God wants for us. How do we deal with it when God denies us something we want? How do we react when God directs our path in a direction different from the way we want it to go?

Those are the questions at the core of this novel.

I have to admit that
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I was a bit dismayed that Jen couldn't seem to move past her unfaithful husband. Jen and her mother seem to rub each other the wrong way often. Both do things that the other takes in a different way than it was intended.
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LibraryThing member LillianCox
I was really hoping for some clean, Christian based literature that didn't focus heavily on romance but this just didn't hit the mark. I find that most Christian literature is just lacking in imagination. The book seems like it might be ok, it just isn't for me.

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