After Anne (Coming Home to Brewster)

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When Anne Abbot moves to Brewster, Olivia Marsden takes an immediate dislike to the newcomer. Anne's perkiness really rankles, and Olivia finds the open way she talks about her faith very annoying.
Overwhelmed with the prospect of making a good impression in this, her fifth town in eight years of not-so-happy marriage, Anne prays for a deep friendship and finds herself drawn to cool, aloof Olivia.

One day, Olivia faces a family emergency and turns to Anne for help. In one evening, the two become fast friends. The fledgling friendship deepens when Anne is diagnosed with breast cancer. Misunderstandings, the shadow of death, and a beautiful new life play out in the alternating voices of the main characters.

After Anne marks the first of an exceptional new novel series. Readers will be drawn to the intimacy of Libby and Anne's narratives and inspired by their story of friendship, forged by fire and inspired by God.

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Roxanne Sayler Henke lives in rural North Dakota with her husband,Lorren and their dog, DeeDee. They have two, very cool, adult daughters, Rachael and Tegan, and two delightful grandkids. As a family they enjoy spending time at their lake cabin in northern Minnesota. Roxanne has a degree in Behavioral and Social Science from the University of Mary and for many years was a newspaper humor columnist. She has also written and recorded radio commercials, written for, and performed in, a comedy duo; and co-written school lyceums. Roxy is currently a columnist for ND Living magazine. She is the author of eight novels. You can contact her at: roxannehenke@yahoo.com

From Publishers Weekly:

In this debut inspirational novel about the faith and friendship of two smalltown North Dakota women, fresh writing gives a familiar plot new life. Olivia Marsden is a columnist for the Brewster Banner, but secretly longs to write a novel (which the prologue hints that this book becomes). She's not good at relationships, but when perky Anne Abbot moves to town, the two form a tight-knit friendship. However, their joy about Anne's first pregnancy soon becomes fear when Anne is diagnosed with breast cancer. As Olivia spends more and more time helping Anne, her own family slides into chaos in her absence. Suddenly, in a jarring transition for the reader, Olivia drops her friendship with Anne. In confusion over her life, Olivia turns to Oprah Winfrey's television program for guidance, which rather improbably helps Olivia figure out her past. When she realizes her faults, Olivia makes amends with Anne, but Anne's cancer is back, and the end looms near. The novel is told in alternating chapters of first-person narrative from Anne and Olivia, which makes it a bit lengthy and occasionally repetitious. Readers may also have a sense of d‚j... vu if they've read Jamie Langston Turner's excellent Some Wildflower in My Heart, which has startling similarities in plot and characterization. But the author's voice is distinctly her own, and although Anne's eventual death is telegraphed from the first page, Henke's poignant writing will still make even the most jaded readers reach for the Kleenex.
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