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Broadman & Holman Books (February 1, 2008)
Rebeca Seitz is Founder and President of Glass Road Public Relations. An author for several years, PRINTS CHARMING was her first novel.
Rebeca cut her publicity teeth as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. In 2005, Rebeca resigned from WestBow and opened the doors of GRPR, the only publicity firm of its kind in the country dedicated solely to representing novelists writing from a Christian world view.
Rebeca makes her home in Kentucky with her husband, Charles, and their son, Anderson.
Sisters, Ink marks the first in a series of novels written by, for, and about scrapbookers. At the center of the creativity and humor are four unlikely young adult sisters, each separately adopted during early childhood into the loving home of Marilyn and Jack Sinclair.
Ten years after their mother Marilyn has died, the multi-racial Sinclair sisters (Meg, Kendra, Tandy, and Joy) still return to her converted attic scrapping studio in the small town of Stars Hill, Tennessee, to encourage each other through life’s highs and lows.
Book one spotlights headstrong Tandy, a successful yet haunted attorney now living back in Orlando where she spent the first eight years of her life on the streets as a junkie’s kid. When a suddenly enforced leave of absence at work leads her to an extended visit with her sisters in Stars Hill, a business opportunity, rekindled romance, and fresh understanding of God’s will soon follow.
"What more can any woman want? Sisters, Ink weaves the love of sisters, the fun of scrapbooking, and a romance as sugary and tingling as Sweet Home Alabama. A must read for those who love southern fiction."--DiAnn Mills, author of Leather and Lace and When the Nile Runs Red
"Fun . . . funny . . . fantastic! Rebeca Seitz has brought together scrapbooking and sisterhood in a lively romp, with a love for going home again."--Eva Marie Everson, coauthor of The Potluck Club series.
The first couple chapters of this book were a little slow going. Once I got a little further into the book, I started to enjoy it. I really enjoyed reading about the sisters and how they were so connected. They reminded me a lot of my aunts, each unique in their own way. Tandy is worried about repaying the parents who adopted her and gave her such a wonderful life. She goes about it all wrong though, putting her career before everything else in her life. Meg is a wonderful, spunky, homeschooling mom who tells Tandy like it is (Seitz gets brownie points with me for throwing a homeschool mom into the mix). Kendra is artsy, sassy, and fun. Joy is reserved and quiet yet tries hard to be a good wife. Each of them bring a different, wonderful quality to the story.
Scrapbooking was a central theme that brought these sisters together in a special way. They liked to spend time together, carrying on this tradition that their mother started years before. I loved the small town setting of the book since I too come from a small town. The romance between Tandy and Clay was cute and reminded me of friends I had in high school. A young couple in love, torn apart by the decision of one party. They run into each other years later and find that their love is still as strong as ever.
This was a cute story and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it. It's an easy read and is around 335 pages. The story flows well, which kept me interested. I found as I got toward the end of the book, it was harder to pull myself away from it. I wanted to finish so that I could see how Tandy's situation was resolved. This is the first book I've read by Seitz but I will be reading another.
Overall, cute book, easy to read, with a story that many of us can relate to (lost love, disappointment, death of a family member). Because I enjoyed the book, I'd like to pass it along for your enjoyment. If interested in winning my copy, leave a comment between now and Sunday, February 10th. I'll draw the lucky winner and post it first thing Monday morning (Feb. 11). Since shipping is outrageous, I'll only ship within the U.S. You do not have to have a blog to enter. Simply leave your email address in the comments so that I may contact you if you win.