CFBA Tour: As Young As We Feel by Melody Carlson

Posted 31 March, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

As Young As We Feel

David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2010)


Melody Carlson


Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she loves to write! Currently she freelances from her home. In the past eight years, she has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults–with sales totaling more than two million and many titles appearing on the ECPA Bestsellers List. Several of her books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards. And her “Diary of a Teenage Girl” series has received great reviews and a large box of fan mail.

She has two grown sons and lives in Central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.


Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives … together?

Once upon a time in a little town on the Oregon coast lived four Lindas—all in the same first-grade classroom. So they decided to go by their middle names. And form a club. And be friends forever. But that was forty-seven years and four very different lives ago. Now a class reunion has brought them all together in their old hometown—at a crossroads in their lives.

Janie is a high-powered lawyer with a load of grief. Abby is a lonely housewife in a beautiful oceanfront empty nest. Marley is trying to recapture the artistic free spirit she lost in an unhappy marriage. And the beautiful Caroline is scrambling to cope with her mother’s dementia and a Hollywood career that never really happened. Together, they’re about to explore the invigorating reality that even the most eventful life has second acts … and friendship doesn’t come with a statue of limitations.

If you would like to read the first chapter of As Young As We Feel, go HERE.

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My Review:
Book 1 in The Four Lindas series from Melody Carlson, As Young As We Feel was different for me. I love Melody’s books, normally, as she writes books with strong plots and characters. However, this one just disappointed me. I think it was too jumpy between the characters and too much conversation between them. I wasn’t captured from the beginning and held to the end. There just wasn’t that “oomph” that her other books have.

While I didn’t feel a connection to the characters or overwhelmed with being captured, I still give this 4 stars, for being filled with Christian attributes and written by an over all talented writer. This book would more than likely capture the hearts of women who had best friends growing up but was seperated as the years went on, and women who are at the stage in life that reminiscing would be for them. I will be reading the other books in this series, however, because I feel that just because I didn’t completely like this book, that’s not to say the next book won’t capture me.



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