I Love Claire by Tracey Victoria Bateman (2007, Paperback)
Claire is a single mother. She is a Christian author. Her mother lives 3 doors down and she depends on her mother to help out with her kids and do the extra "mom" type of things while she works on her books. She ends up needing surgery on her wrist which will make it impossible for her to work for 6 weeks. Her mother moves to Texas to live with her brother's family just before Claire's surgery. She is on her own. Claire makes a list of 6 goals, which I found to be the typical person type of thing.
I loved the "exercise - maybe" goal and the way her feelings and thoughts were expressed through the book. Her kids go through some normal challenges and the way she deals with them is typical but it is written in such a way that it is light. She is attracted to her son's teacher, who ends up buying her mother's house and they are neighbors. Through it all she ends up growing, learning and becoming a better Claire in the end. Probably the biggest thing is to be able to forgive her ex-husband. I can't say I would recommend the book to others.
If you are looking for nice, light reading material then this would be perfect. Sep 28, Cecelia rated it really liked it. The main character in Leave It To Claire struggles with this predicament. I really enjoyed this book. The author has the perfect voice for chicklit or momlit, not sure about the correct way to categorize this story. The story is about Claire Everett, a fairly successful romance author and the struggles she has to go through to raise her four kids as a single mother.
Claire struggles to forgive her ex-husband, Rick, for his infidelity. Subconsciously, and wrongly, she blames Darcy for her marital breakup. She also makes a list of things to do to improve her life. She promises herself to strengthen her faith in God, as well as improve her relationship with her family. She decides to have family study time and weekly social events with her kids, hoping to bond with them.
When her mother moves to another state, she is saddened. This book was excellent. Although the family would be considered dysfunctional, the author uses her humorous voice to show how Claire deals with her problems. Tracey Bateman also shows us how, if we find our faith wavering, we need to make solid decisions about making our faith stronger in God.
Jul 10, Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing. My heart connected with Claire a single mom, and her publishing journey. Claire learns to pick up the broken pieces of her life and cope the best way she can. She can laughin spite of herself. After a surgery Claire faces the reality of how disconnected she has become while immersed in her career. Claire comes to the conclusion that she canno My heart connected with Claire a single mom, and her publishing journey. Claire comes to the conclusion that she cannot fix her family by herself.
Claire starts to realize that sometimes the only way to truly grow is to let go of her own plans and embrace Gods. This story is a heart-felt, funny, poignant novel I totally enjoyed, Claire is a character I could relate to. This story has a surprising spiritual depth. I highly recommend it as a good read and one that would work well for a book club setting.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Apr 10, Brooke rated it liked it. If I could I would have given this book a 3. It was an entertaining read that often was comical too. It focuses on the life of Claire, a well-known author, and that of her four kids. She has to take six weeks off of writing when she has to have surgery on her arms.
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The story takes you through all of Claire's discoveries during this time of reflection. This is a fairly light read and I would recommend it if you want an easy to read book :. View 1 comment. Feb 02, Sally rated it liked it. I sort of fell into this book accidentally. I bought it on a sales racvk a few years ago and just recently found it in a box.
Had I known ahead of time that it was a Christian novel I woul dhave skipped it. Having said that, it was not bad. A little heavy on the religion, but not too bad. It was a light read, didn't really leave me with much to think about, but it was enjoyable enough that I kept going back to it. Mar 16, Jerry rated it it was ok. Apr 29, CarolynB rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in I loved this book. I laughed and I cried as Claire dealt with her issues. Sep 11, Sharon rated it really liked it.
It was an unexpected story that enjoyed reading! Oct 04, Claire rated it liked it.
I don't even know where this book came from. I just found it on the shelf in my home library. Somebody probably gave it to me because my name is Claire. With that being said, it wasn't a terrible book but it wasn't something I would ever read again. I don't know how I find myself reading Christian romance books, but I'm not a huge fan of them. This one had a few good points and a few really annoying ones.
Other than that not terrible.
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Sep 11, Melissa rated it liked it. Claire Everett, a single mom and semi-successful writer, thinks her life is going rather well. Her mother lives right down the street and has been a huge help in raising Claire's four children, and the kids' dad is still involved in their lives. But when Claire has to be off work and away from her computer for weeks due to carpal tunnel surgery, she discovers that said life is not as wonderful as she believed.
Her children are belligerent strangers, her mother is moving across the country, and Claire Everett, a single mom and semi-successful writer, thinks her life is going rather well. Her children are belligerent strangers, her mother is moving across the country, and her venom regarding her ex-husband is unparalleled. So Claire buckles down and makes a list of goals to improve her life - she needs to get her relationship with God back on track, re-connect with her children, and make some real-life not e-mail friends.
The path to better relationships is not a smooth one. Claire's children each have their own issues, with her and in their lives. Has she been that out of touch with them? And Claire finds it difficult to let go of her feelings about her ex-husband's infidelity. Can she learn to yield to God and trust in Him to help her forgive? This first in a new series is both funny and touching. The characters are realistic, sometimes uncomfortably so! Since the story is told from Claire's viewpoint, we are privy to her thoughts, which are not always full of rainbows and happiness.
Claire has tough issues that take her a long time to work through. This is true-to-life, but often heartbreaking to witness. If the reader has not personally experienced a similar situation, it may seem as if Claire is dwelling too long on things that occurred many years before. But the book is ultimately uplifting, as Claire learns and grows and changes.
Her life isn't perfect and although the ending is positive, it's not wrapped up in a pretty little package. A great deal of humor lightens the mood just when the story seems to be heaviest. Secondaries are interesting and don't always behave predictably. The ex-husband's new wife is a unique character with an unexpected viewpoint.
Although the book might appear fluffy mom-lit on the surface, it addresses many deeper issues that will move the reader to serious self-examination. There's a strong Christian-focused message woven through the entire plot. Leave it to Claire is an excellent start to this series and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Sep 04, Deb added it. Jun 16, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , don-t-need-to-read-again , humor , romance , religious. This book was recommended to me by a friend for work as casual vacation reading, with a Christian twist. There were definitely Christian references, although to a Christian culture that is foreign to my own. I didn't find the tone that humorous, actually, because I didn't much like the first person narrator. I disagreed with some of her parenting decisions and reactions, and couldn't get into her abiding bitterness over her 5 year old divorce from an adulterous husband.
I'm deeply grateful to no This book was recommended to me by a friend for work as casual vacation reading, with a Christian twist. I'm deeply grateful to not have that particular trial to overcome, and I'd just as soon not learn empathy by endurance, but I still had a hard time wallowing with the character. I also couldn't get into Christian lust over the gorgeous youth pastor love interest. Not offensive, but not particularly engaging. Definitely a vacation read. Aug 21, Patricia rated it liked it.
I liked this book, both the story and the writing. I read th rest of the series as well, and while each successive title was less enjoyable, I still would have read more about the character, if the series had continued. The biggest problem I had with the book, is similar to many of this genre- christian or not- and that is that the amount of time spent chastisibg the cheated upon wife for her lack of forgiveness, is exponentially more than is spent on the cheater: feeling; expressing behaving; a I liked this book, both the story and the writing. The biggest problem I had with the book, is similar to many of this genre- christian or not- and that is that the amount of time spent chastisibg the cheated upon wife for her lack of forgiveness, is exponentially more than is spent on the cheater: feeling; expressing behaving; and acting with true remorse.
I find it insulting, and unrealistic, to expect women to 'just get over it' and move on, and vecause of this I felt that the new wife's attitude was a bit sanctimonius- especially because she knew she was marrying a man who had sinned, and hurt his first family. Having saud that ex hubby was a bit of a meh wimp, so Claire is probably better off without him! Nov 11, Lynda rated it liked it. I found Claire to be rather refreshing as the heroine of a Christian fiction series. She is far from perfect, makes mistakes with her kids and her life in general. Claire is a successful author trying to raise her four children and deal with her anger at ex-husband Rick while facing carpal tunnel surgery.
The surgery will sideline her writing for a while so Claire is determined to improve her life during this hiatus from work. God is working in Claire's life as she deals with unbelievably sweet I found Claire to be rather refreshing as the heroine of a Christian fiction series.
God is working in Claire's life as she deals with unbelievably sweet Darcy - her husband's new wife, her children's problems in their school and social lives and her mother. Claire is a romance author and a single mom. She has four kids ranging from a teenager to a 6 year old. She has to put up with her ex-husband who cheated on her and his new young wife not the one he cheated with. Her mom, who's been her backbone for the past few years, decides to leave to be with her brother's family in Texas.
The cute neighbor who moves in next door also happens to be Claire's son's teacher plus the worship pastor at church. Plus he seems to like Claire.. Add all these in with unruly kids, carpal tunnel surgery and panic attacks, and Claire's got a lot to learn that she can't do everything all on her own. I really enjoyed this read. It was fun hip mom lit. Almost anyone can identify also with trying to lose a couple of extra pounds, who can turn down hot fresh pizza really?
Claire is a character that you both love and get frustrated with at the same time. For me when she had to deal with Rick and Darcy, especially the scenes with the counselor, you really feel for her. I mean imagine having to hear your ex husband say that he never really loved you and he only married you because it was his duty.
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And plus now he's started a better life with a younger prettier, perfect woman who keeps trying to be your friend when you'd really rather have nothing to do with them. So of course you side with her then. On the other hand, scenes with the way she handles her children made you want to thump Claire on the head. She thinks her kids can do no wrong even when she's presented hard core evidence such as the dirty poems.
Thus she does not give them the correct punishments instead choosing to let them off easier. And then she wonders why they don't really listen or respect her? One can learn a lot from Claire and her adventures in this book.
Leave It to Claire (Claire Everett Series, No. 1)
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