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All Dressed Up In A Fresh New Cover, Pretense, The Bestselling Novel From Lori Wick Is Ready For A Brand New Generation Of ReadersMarrell, A Happily Married Army Wife, Adores Her Family, But Throughout Her Life She S Felt Something Missing When She Discovers That The Void Is Spiritual, She Is Afraid To Tell Her Husband Will He Understand That He Cannot Meet All Of Her Needs, And That She Cannot Meet All Of His Covering The Lives Of Marrell And Her Two Daughters, Mackenzie And Delancey, From The S To The S, Pretense Is A Character Rich Novel Written From Lori S Heart That Shows The Patient Love Of God And The Promise Of His Forgiveness For All Who Seek HimThis Bestselling, Character Rich Novel Now Reissued For A Brand New Generation Of Readers Features The Bishop Sisters, Whose Unexpected Difficulties Threaten Their World Will Their Life Changing Experiences Bring Them Together Or Tear Them Apart PublisherMeet The Bishop Sisters Two Women At The Crossroads Of Life On The Outside, The Bishop Girls Appear As Different As Sisters Can Be Mackenzie Is A Mahogany Haired Beauty Who S Inherited The Determined Nature Of Her Army Officer Father Her Infectious Sense Of Humor And Rare Gift Of Imagination Are Often Hidden By A Reserved Manner Radiant, Blond Delancey Views The World Through An Artist S Eyes, Drawing What She Sees With Wide Sweeps Of Emotion Her Charming And Trusting Personality Easily Wins Friends And Admirers, But Also Leaves Her Sensitive Heart Vulnerable To Hurt As The Girls Grow, Unexpected Difficulties Threaten Their World Will Their Life Changing Experiences Bring Them Together Or Tear Them Apart Where Will They Find The Love They Seek Publisher Lori Wick is one of my favorite authors I have just about read every single thing she has written, so it was natural for me to get this book and read it I did not expect how amazing it would be I learned so much and experienced so much from this characters that I felt I had said goodbye to a friend when it ended This book made me laugh, cry, get angry, cry, laugh, ponder, cry and laugh and ponder again The book mainly centers around the lives of 2 sisters from the ages of 7 and 8 years old It follows the life of a loving non Christian family The trials that life brings them through, is nothing short of realistic of what you or your next door neighbor would face The reader can relate so much to these characters and their challenges I do not want to give anything away, but God really gets a hold of this family, especially these sisters, but all in His timing I strongly recommend this book Even though it is 708pgs it has taught me much It s a really great read. I did it I finally finished this monster of a book Definitely the longest book I ve read in a long, long time, maybe ever.I really enjoyed this story Getting to know the Bishop family in the early years and following the girls all the way into adulthood left me feeling like I was a part of the family too Heartache and trials, great accomplishments and disappointments It was all very realistic and it made me relate to the characters so easily The story of redemption for each character was good too and showed that anyone, no matter where you are in life and no matter what you ve done that there is a Savior that loves you and wants you.There were parts that drug on a bit and were a bit on the boring side, but the realistic characters and overall story made up for those boring sections.Lori Wick penned a good one and boy do I feel accomplished after reading it Yuck.I confess the characters were memorable I liked the ones she took time to develop Marrell, Paul, Jackson, Mackenzie, Delancy.But the book started SO SLOW and the writing was horrible I cannot believe I finished all 600 something pages I probably wouldn t have if the book hadn t been given to me and I felt obligated to report back I can safely go for several years without the descriptor, special as it was so overused I was mentally wretching within two pages Another annoying train is that the author obviously LOVES naming people Whenever new characters we are supposed to like are introduced, nice names is sure appear in the dialogue.Many will claim these flaws are unique to Christian fiction, but I had flashbacks to reading Sweet Valley High back in high school The Sweet Valley High series and Pretense have a lot in common All the main characters have beautiful faces, amazing bodies, gorgeous hair, and special personalities that are appealing to all around them, especially those who appear at just the right time to fall in love with them Not to mention these characters easily find spectacular apartments homes that are perfect for their needs and live in locations of natural beauty Of course, their jobs are wonderfully suited to them and allow them tons of flexibility for their relational pursuits They have completely natural talents that earn them incredible wealth and get them quickly established at a young age Of course, if this path is taken by a male character, the astonishingly single rich bachelor is sure to fall for one of our female leads after all, everyone is beautiful and special so we know they won t be on the market for long What a life Too bad it has nothing to do with reality That said, some of the plot points had value Without giving it away, I liked the development of characters and found most not all of the conversion experiences were well developed I liked how the characters continued to struggle with their personalities normal paths of behavior after coming to Christ The emphasis on family was welcome and reasonably reflected in the characters I found the challenges of the book, particularly in the early half to be real sudden death of someone close, adjusting to life changes, moving etc And, in general though not always I liked the way the author used prayer But these positives were lost in the tidal wave of unnecessary length and the authors insistence that her characters contain perfections too numerous for real life while encountering their struggles one at a time as everything else falls into place and is cleanly and positively wrapped up I haven t dismissed this author entirely but it might be awhile before I can stomach another go at something special that she has written and named This book is a Christian read but Lori wick never shoves God down your throat It s a story about two young girls that were brought up by two very loving Christian parents Their father Mr Bishop is in the military and ends up in a horrific accident Mrs bishop or the girls don t think they will ever move on with their life Mrs bishop ends up having to get a job to support the girls and she prays all the time that the girls will finally follow the Lord Does Mrs bishop again Do the girls grow up eventually following the Lord and living the Christian life Do the girls find the love of their life or does everything just end up blowing up in their face Great read Lori wick is a fantastic author.