Friday, June 5, 2009

Secrets From Lulu's Cafe

Product Description (taken from

Mimi, Lisa, Jennifer, and Felicia all live in the fishbowl of Red River, Ohio. Everyone expects something from them. Gourmet casseroles. Perfect husbands. Well-behaved children. They expect even more of themselves.

The constant demands and always-ringing phones are enough to drive any sane woman crazy. Add to all that the condescending Katherine Fleming Katt, self-promoting pastor's wife of the town's largest church, who loves to flaunt her superior position. In the midst of such chaos, will each woman find the one thing she longs for?

When the unflappable Kitty Katt starts showing up at odd places, the four friends get suspicious. Is Kitty hiding something? What secrets lie behind her "perfect" exterior? But even more significant than unraveling Kitty Katt's secrets is finding answers for themselves.

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especially when people expect you to be perfect.
Jennifer, who volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center, has waited years for a baby. Why is it so easy for girls like Jessica to get pregnant -- and so hard for her? Is it possible to want a baby too much?
Lisa's teenage daughter, Callie, is giving her the silent treatment. And her attitude at church -- when she goes -- majorly stinks. The board already criticizes her husband's ministry. What will they say now?
Mimi is overwhelmed. Baby Milo cries continually until she's so tired she can't see straight. Will anybody ever see her for her -- not just as a mom and a house slave?
Felicia's four-year-old, Nicholas, is biting people again. And the timing couldn't be worse...especially when Felicia's boss is about to close her Cincinnati PR office.
Then there's the snobby Katherine Katt, who's determined to lord it over them all....

Publisher's Description (taken from

When you're in the trenches, sometimes you're up to your neck in mud. That's the not-so-glamorous life of a pastor's wife.

Felicia's family is...complicated. That's putting it nicely. Now they're flying in from LA -- all at once -- to stay with her...just when her brother-in-law, Javier, and Mama aren't even speaking to each other. And the whole church will be there to witness the feud.

Mimi has a lot on her mind with her four energetic kids -- especially Milo the screamer, with his Pavarotti voice. Then her live-in alcoholic dad starts to mow their lawn at midnight.

Lisa has her hands full with loudmouth Tom Graves and the other troublemakers at Red River Assembly. Then vicious rumors start to fly about the Barton family...and the attacks and threats get increasingly personal.

Jennifer is pushing her adopted daughter, Carys, in a stroller, when she notices a black town car -- the same car she's seen several times over the past week. Could someone be following her?

The PWs plunge into an unnerving mystery...and discover what "family" really means.


When I was asked to review this series I was eager to do so... after all, I am a pastor's wife and I've never read a fiction series all about PW's! All three books are very well written and thoroughly fascinating. Although there are humorous parts to these books overall they are definitely more serious. I found myself totally understanding where the main characters were coming from and so very sad about just how true to life these PW's struggles can be. I really really REALLY appreciated the honesty in this series. I wish every single person who ever attends a church would read this series just to understand a bit better the life of a Pastor's Wife- the good AND the bad parts.

I found the plot lines interesting and I loved how the chapters alternated between the four PW's viewpoints. I loved the friendship that the four PW's forged between themselves despite their differences. I loved how completely imperfect the characters were. They each struggle with huge issues through the course of the books and I think the authors did an excellent job of portraying the PW's realistically.

I am certain that pastor's wives everywhere would love this series and I think it would appeal to most Christian fiction readers out there. This is definitely a series to have in your church library!

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