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Elise Penny had no intention of staying in the small town of Pritchett, Wis., her entire life. She wanted to be a model and actress, and planned to move as soon as she graduated from high school. But love has a way of changing plans. Eighteen years later, she's still in Pritchett, married to a farmer and about to send her only daughter, Bree, off to college.

Elise loves her husband, Sam, and their quiet life. Feelings of discontent don't surface too often. When she discovers Bree entered her into a Proverbs 31 woman contest, she isn't sure she fits the qualifications -- or wants to.

Springer's combination of humor, family values and longing will reach out from the pages and touch readers' hearts. The first-person viewpoint fits the story perfectly because it's so intensely personal. Every Christian woman will identify with some aspect of Elise's life and will relate to her struggles with God. (Mar., 288 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel