Author: Eva Marie Everson
About the book: It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding school. When she returns to her privileged life at home she isn't sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that she would find the answer waiting for her in the narrow stairwell of her father's apparel factory, exactly between the third and fourth floors.
In this unique and tender romance, popular author Eva Marie Everson takes you on a journey through the heart of a young woman bound for the unknown. Discover the joys of new love, the perseverance of deep friendship, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from a truly fine life.
My thoughts: I liked this book from the very beginning. It really gave me a sense of the late 50's early 60's - from the descriptions of the clothing that the characters wore, to the tables and chairs at the local hangout. A feeling of innocence pervaded the first section of the book. This innocence also carried over into the feelings that Thayne and Mariette shared for one another. Though her parents did not approve of their relationship - because they were of different social standings and because of a secret in Thayne's past they could not stay away from each other.
This book examines the relationship of new love between these two people as well as Thayne's growing relationship with God. He had been raised by God-fearing parents, but Mariette, while she had attended church regularly, it was pretty much limited to Sundays. Mariette finds it hard to understand Thayne's relationship with God and this does cause some discord in their relationship. The author does a wonderful job of making this a believable couple though and showing how God does forgive sin in our lives as they deal with Thayne's past.
I enjoyed reading this book and was very happy with the ending. I have read some other reviews where people found this book to have a slow start. I did not feel that way at all. It really put you in the era that it was supposed to - and life was more leisurely then.
~I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my review.~
This Fine Life: A Novel
Publisher/Publication Date: Revell, May 1, 2010