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Friendship Heirlooms Series, Book 5: Perfect Reflection

Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)

Return to Peaceful, Wisconsin and read the stories of those secondary characters in an all-new spin-off series. Nuggets of faith can be passed down as heirlooms from friend to friend, heart to heart, soul-mate to soul-mate.

Book Five Friendship Heirloom: Perception 

Elaina Houston has had it drilled into her from birth that she has to look picture-perfect, act, speak and perform perfectly. When she couldn't live up to the impossible expectations of her parents, she threw herself away--and paid a horrible price for her destructive surrender. But she has a second chance to turn her life around, and she won't ever let another person decide who and what she needs to be. Even as she colors outside the lines, her internal conflicts prevent her from experiencing peace over the slightest failure. In part, that's why Ethan Lynwood, her co-worker, best friend and all-around handyman, is so good for her. Ethan expects nothing from her and he seems to accept her just the way she is, even when she's a mess...even when she's a mess...maybe especially when she is. 

Ethan's spent his lifetime making stupid mistakes--because he'd believed his own wisdom was infallible. He found out the hard way that God is in control and we all need humility, humanity, and a helping hand. And sometimes the most accurate reflection comes from accepting that we're not perfect but we're loved unconditionally anyway. 

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 6, 2018, 17:25
    4 Stars! "This story clearly shows that even the closest of friends may not know everything about each other. However, if one hopes for more than friendship, then truth and communication are essential. Deception only breeds misery because it is inevitable that the truth will be revealed. Karen Wiesner’s writing often has me cogitating on a story’s meaning--this one more than any I have previously read. I not only found it to be insightful, but was entertained throughout the day as I read it. This novel would be perfect for book clubs to discuss and I highly recommend doing so." ~Huntress Reviews
  • Harriet Klausner (Amazon customer)
    Aug 29, 2017, 15:14
    fantastic inspirational contemporary

    In Peaceful, Wisconsin A&A Design Elaina Houston reflects back to her childhood in which her parents demanded 24/7 perfect behavior (as defined by them) from her. She tried to live up to the parental paragon but failed as no person could meet the expectations demanded by her father and mother. Eventually she gave up attempting to live someone else’s fantasy at the cost of internal tsuris; though since she quit trying Elaina almost always focuses on the bad from her past while ignoring the good. Her only reliefs from self-induced misery are her belief in the Lord, and her Odd Jobs co-worker and BFF Ethan Lynwood as he likes the “real” Elaina.

    Super-egotistical Ethan believed in his unfailing genius that led him to make terrible errors that hurt others as he covered for the misdeeds of his father and especially his brother Sebastian. The camel’s back broke when his sibling’s actions led to the suicide of Abby, a girl Ethan liked. Giving up on “evil” Sebastian and deciding to leave his family behind in Chicago, Ethan fled to La Crosse to escape from his enabling mistakes; as he has learned wisdom without humility and passion for the Lord and people lead to prideful transgressions. Two years ago Ethan met Elaina. In love with God and each other, neither anticipated their pasts to arrive with vengeance.

    The fifth fantastic Friendship Heirloom inspirational contemporary (see First Comes Love and Forever And All That Jazz) is a delightful novel starring two protagonists who turned to God to help them deal with dysfunctional family histories. The suspense comes late, but brings completeness (and full circle) to a tremendous drama.
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