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


10 thoughts on “Pretense

  1. Ebookwormy1 Ebookwormy1 says:

    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 trai 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


  2. Stefanie Stefanie says:

    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 g 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


  3. Denise Hershberger Denise Hershberger says:

    I ve read this booktimes than I can count I just re read the second half I love Tucker so much


  4. Tunde daniel Tunde daniel says:

    on page 439 so far the main xters mic and delancy are well potrayed.painful they lost their parent but r yet to see God s love in their lives


  5. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I have read this countless times Like that they are sisters and authors Christianity presented in arealistic way.


  6. Jennifer Lay Jennifer Lay says:

    My absolute favorite book of Lori Wick s I like clean books and Christian values.


  7. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    I absolutely loved the book I will definitely be reading this book again sometime.


  8. Margo Berendsen Margo Berendsen says:

    I haven t read a really long multi generational saga like this in a while, not since Her Mother s Hope by Francine Rivers, and I really love a book that can afford to take its time and get ridicuously long It did take me a while to get into the characters, but this book came strongly recommneded so I kept reading and eventually the Bishop family began to grow on me I loved experiencing each of their journeys to faith and I loved how after they d become followers of Jesus, they talked to him th I haven t read a really long multi generational saga like this in a while, not since Her Mother s Hope by Francine Rivers, and I really love a book that can afford to take its time and get ridicuously long It did take me a while to get into the characters, but this book came strongly recommneded so I kept reading and eventually the Bishop family began to grow on me I loved experiencing each of their journeys to faith and I loved how after they d become followers of Jesus, they talked to him through their struggles Here s what got me to engage when the father, Paul comes back from a year away in the Army, he discovers that his two teenage daughters have started to the rule the roost, and have developed very self centered attitudes I love how he handled it With patience and persistence, he taught the girls to ask questions about their parents work and how to engage in other people s lives so their own lives wouldn t be so self centered I was really impressed by that, especially since I have a teenage daughter and another one getting close MacKenzie really grew on me She had a knack for saying unexpected things I m not sure if I ve ever run into a character quite like her where you could relate to her but at the same time had such a unique perspective, a blend of naievty and insight and something else that I couldn t quite pinpoint but intrigued me Read this book for the characters and their journeys of faith don t let the old fashioned wordiness and head hopping deter you


  9. Kay Kay says:

    This is an older book than I generally read, as I m reading it in 2015, but it was published in 1998, so the style of writing is a bit looser It took me a while to get into this novel I usually only give a book 30 pages, but decided I d give it up to 100 There are 702 pages in this edition I m so glad I stuck with it, as I enjoyed it immensely Pretense is quite a complex story not exactly a family saga, since it only covers 2 generations, but a story of family relationships, especially the This is an older book than I generally read, as I m reading it in 2015, but it was published in 1998, so the style of writing is a bit looser It took me a while to get into this novel I usually only give a book 30 pages, but decided I d give it up to 100 There are 702 pages in this edition I m so glad I stuck with it, as I enjoyed it immensely Pretense is quite a complex story not exactly a family saga, since it only covers 2 generations, but a story of family relationships, especially the relationship of two sisters It is also a story of friendship, romance, and personal growth The book begins in 1976 and goes through the early 1990 s I would say this is an unusual and compelling story The spiritual thread takes center stage throughout this book, so if you prefer not to delve deeply into spiritual growth, I doubt that you would enjoy this book I am only giving this book 4 stars, because it was hard to get into, but otherwise, I loved it and will long remember the characters and their story


  10. Daylet Daylet says:

    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 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