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READ PDF Î Always Jan É Jan Jordan is having a birthday a birthday she s been dreading since she learned to countsurely life can be nothing but downhill from hereKenny Pearson is old enough to know better, but he doesn t care As long as he can still knock a softball out of the park and brag about it over a beer with the guys afterward, life is goodIda Bauer is old and doesn t mind saying so Her husband is gone and so are most of her friends and she has to face it soon she will be too Does she have anything left to offer in the time she has left God has a plan for all these peopleif only they will listen Great book about growing older. Always Jan is book 4 in Roxanne Henke s Coming Home to Brewster series, and deals with the specific topic of aging and maturing within a Christian context Like the other books in the series, Henke writes about characters that draw you in and to me, seem familiar to people I actually know But then again, I m actually from North Dakota, and the author s fictional town of Brewster is a small town that same state.I read the earlier books in the series years ago, but for some reason didn t pick up Always Jan is book 4 in Roxanne Henke s Coming Home to Brewster series, and deals with the specific topic of aging and maturing within a Christian context Like the other books in the series, Henke writes about characters that draw you in and to me, seem familiar to people I actually know But then again, I m actually from North Dakota, and the author s fictional town of Brewster is a small town that same state.I read the earlier books in the series years ago, but for some reason didn t pick up this last book until I was challenged to finish books in series I d already started This book really hit home for me because this year I will turn 50 I could identify with Jan s panic about aging While I don t envision plastic surgery in my future, there is something unsettling about this milestone birthday Henke tries to provide a calm Christian voice to reassure her characters and her readers, that we have nothing to fear with a loving God on our side.Very nice finish to a series of heartwarming novels Easy to read, the story moved quickly Although I found the portrayal of Jan a bit exaggerated in the beginning the she was eventually redeemed Loved Ida and her insights and how she coped with her diminishing physical abilities Would have likedinfo on the baby but maybe that comes in a later book in the series Also enjoyed the little angel on the shoulder of the characters whispering in their ears. This is actually book 4 in a 5 book series called Coming Home to Brewster but each of the books could be read individually As a general rule I like to read series starting with book 1 and going in order For whatever reason I apparently have thrown that rule out the window when it comes to this series I read book 2 a year ago and now picked up book 4 without reading books 1 or 3 yet Whatever I liked book 2 but things have changed a lot for me in the past year personally and so I m left w This is actually book 4 in a 5 book series called Coming Home to Brewster but each of the books could be read individually As a general rule I like to read series starting with book 1 and going in order For whatever reason I apparently have thrown that rule out the window when it comes to this series I read book 2 a year ago and now picked up book 4 without reading books 1 or 3 yet Whatever I liked book 2 but things have changed a lot for me in the past year personally and so I m left wondering if I would give it the same review I did a year ago because I m giving this one one star less than book 2 This one gets 3 stars, it was okay I liked it good enough but it wasn t a book that knocked my socks off The title leads a reader to believe it is about a character named Jan, however, two other main characters share the book with her so I m not sure why Henke chooses just one of them to get the title Jan is joined in equal time by Kenny and Ida Henke seems to like to pick themes for her characters to work through Jan s is aging, Kenny s is aging and growing up two different things don t you know and Ida s is aging but also endurance So the overall main theme is aging in its different and varied forms with other issues thrown in for good measure I actually enjoyed and got the most out of Ida s chapters Several parts of Ida s story pierced me and served as good reminder Jan and Kenny, ironically both my age right now, just ticked me off with their self absorption and unwillingness to live below the surface of life Of course Henke develops circumstances that force both Jan and Kenny to get below the surface of life but I still found myself irritated anyway.I ll finish the series I m starting book 3 and am trying to hunt down book 1 through inter library loan since my library system doesn t carry book 1 My guess is I ll end up reading book 5 before book 1 is located Good thing they can be read separate from one another