Reinventing Leona by Lynne Gentry

Reinventing Leona

Leona Harper loves being a pastor's wife. Her impressive resume touts thirty years of coaxing hot water from rusty parsonage plumbing, planning church potlucks, and standing beside her husband while members take potshots at his sermons. Except for the little tiff with her grown children, Leona feels her life is right on track with the wishes of the Almighty . . . until her husband drops dead in the pulpit.When the church board decides to fill the...


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TitleReinventing Leona
Author
Release DateJun 24th, 2011
PublisherTyndale House Publishers, Inc.
LanguageEnglish
GenreChristian Fiction, Christian, Fiction
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Reviews Reinventing Leona

  • Casey
    2011-12-12
    I was viscerally – emotionally – affected by this book. A novel I picked up for the pleasure of reading it and not for the purpose of reviewing, I was completely blown away by the power packed into this debut novel. The story of a preacher’s wife who becomes the preacher’s widow left me with emotions as though I had lost my own husband. I had such a clear taste of what that grief must be like, but I wasn’t bogged down until I felt as th...
  • Carla
    2011-08-10
    This is a Christian fiction novel so there is not cussing or sexual content. And I found that I enjoyed it anyway. The book is not preachy by any means. It was a great story, there is sadness and there is triumph. What I liked about this book?That it was about survival and finding your place in the world. I loved Leona'a resolve and her ability to land on her feet. She stood up for herself when it counted most. Her old evil mama was a hoot though...
  • Jo
    2012-02-07
    My book club read this book and our assessment of it made for a rather tense meeting. In a group of Christians I am a Secular Humanist. I think that having a sort of outsider's view gave me a very objective perspective. I went in to the meeting thinking that someone would likely agree with me. I was very wrong. Understand that I am not an angry Atheist by any stretch of the imagination but I felt that there was SO much potential for this novel to...
  • Casey
    2011-09-01
    I was viscerally – emotionally – affected by this book. A novel I picked up for the pleasure of reading it and not for the purpose of reviewing, I was completely blown away by the power packed into this debut novel. The story of a preacher’s wife who becomes the preacher’s widow left me with emotions as though I had lost my own husband. I had such a clear taste of what that grief must be like, but I wasn’t bogged down until I felt as th...
  • Carla Stewart
    2011-07-07
    Love the sparkling voice of Lynne in her debut book. Terrific summer read!
  • Pamela
    2012-05-12
    I liked the concept behind the story line: a pastor's wife, living in the church-owned parsonage, is abruptly widowed. Always dependent on her husband's strong personality and comfortable in her role as his helper, she now must become her own person and make her own life. Unfortunately the writing never quite invites you in. The plot is overly segmented and often difficult to follow. The reader never actually experiences Leona reinvented, but onl...
  • B.J. Robinson
    2011-08-09
    Reinventing Leona by Lynne Gentry published by Tyndale's Digital First program in June 2011 is full of figurative language and realistic characters. I loved Lynne's writing style and her creative use of words and quips. The book hooked me with the first chapter, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. It's fast paced and an easy read. Though one part of the novel was predictable, there were a few surprises along the way, and I cou...
  • April
    2011-07-04
    Leona has been a pastor's wife for 30 years. She's learned to put on a happy face and not complain about anything. Suddenly, she finds herself a widow and has to find out who she really is.....I want to say that I didn't really enjoy the book until I got to page 100 or so. The author uses a few too many similes in her writing and some things were a bit 'stilted' and didn't flow very well. The story was a bit sad - the parishoners were very self-c...
  • Stacy
    2011-08-19
    A free Christian fiction book that I got for my Kindle. Leona Harper is a pastor's wife, and has been all of her life. Her husband has pastored the same church for 18 years. They've lived in the parsonage and raised their two kids in that house. Her son is now in law school and her daughter in med school. As the book opens, the pastor is preaching his sermon the Sunday before Thanksgiving, when he falls over dead in the pulpit. So, Leona has to f...
  • Laura
    2011-10-24
    I read this book because it was free on Kindle, and I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I do.When Leona's husband passes away, her world collapses. She loses her husband and her position as a pastor's wife. The character development in Leona as she finds her way is authentic and beautiful. The look inside the role of a pastor's wife is interesting, and the quirky church members provide some levity.Rotating among Leona, her daughter, a...
  • Kim
    2011-09-10
    A "light" summertime read, certainly not deeply thought provoking. Growing up in the Protestant church "culture" I could easily relate to the humor in the book as Leona, the gracious pastor's wife, deals with her quirky congregants, hypocritical elders, and demoralizing church politics. At times, the story moved rather slowly and predictably but by the end I was chuckling at the way Leona, with her steady faith, was able to bring everyone togethe...
  • Sandy Sandmeyer
    2012-02-06
    A nice story of Leona, a pastor's wife. Her husband drops dead as he starts his sermon one Sunday morning. This causes her children to come back home to face their mom and all her expectations. Leona has to reinvent herself after being a stay-at-home mom for all those years, because she needs to get a job and start supporting herself. She has the help of her best friend, Roxie. A great book and an easy read.
  • Janel
    2012-05-27
    this was a fascinating read for me. I really liked the way that the author dealt with the way that Leona had to take charge in an area which she hadn't been in charge of before and had to face the reality of the things she'd been stuffing down over the years and now she had to step up and take charge and face those fears.
  • Kristen
    2011-07-01
    She's a Pastors Wife--Except Now She's NotLeona Harper is the quintessential pastors wife. She knows exactly how to be the person the parishioners expect. From little old ladies who stop by before Sunday services to...To see the complete review visit readgreatfiction: http://readgreatfiction.wordpress.com...
  • Dianne
    2011-12-19
    This was a good book, with some twists and turns that were unexpected. I was a little frustrated with her relationship with her kids, seemed like the standard expectation syndrome with the adult kids rebelling in the face of that.I did enjoy it, though!
  • Andrea
    2011-08-10
    The book is about preacher's wife, how she dealt with her husband passing away (he died in an interesting way), how she coped with this, how her family got be there for her, and supported her. The wife has crazy mother, it's amusing to read about her. :)
  • Elizabeth
    2011-10-31
    Amazing characterization. Humor riddled with real emotion and real circumstances. I love this author.
  • Vicki
    2013-01-12
    Predictable and kind of silly. I felt no real connection to the characters.
  • Tracy
    2012-02-03
    A fantastic read! So simple and predictable yet heart wrenching and incredibly funny at all the right moments.
  • Carol Walther
    2011-08-03
    Could relate to a few things but most did not match my experience as a pastor's wife.
  • Linda
    2011-07-31
    A light read with lots of humor.
  • Holly
    2011-08-29
    Predicable. Trite. Poorly written.
  • Karol
    2012-04-22
    Absolutely loved it.
  • Vikki
    2011-09-04
    predictable story, lackluster characters and misuse of Scripture.
  • Nancy
    2011-09-01
    Free on Kindle. A good summer read
  • Nell
    2012-06-28
    US churches and their idea of being Christian are very alien to my personal concept of Christianity. Christian doesn't mean doormat. This was an enjoyable read for the first two thirds of the book but the last third felt rushed and the storylines were incomplete.
  • Glenda
    2014-08-06
    A Book Worth ReadingWell written and solid. The characters are realistic and individual. The storyline is wonderful. Leona learns her own true worth and value through facing her misconceptions and perceptions of herself.
  • Cindy Duvall
    2013-02-08
    Loved this book!