Wednesday, February 13, 2013

One Sunday: A Novel by Carrie Gerlach Cecil

In this humorous and heartfelt novel, a beleaguered young woman must shed her career, identity, and power persona to learn how to love and forgive herself, others, and God.At age thirty-seven, Alice Ferguson has everything an ambitious, intellectual, self-made woman could want. She has captured a career as an editor of a tabloid magazine, launched her own website full of Hollywood gossip, and even clawed her way into a second-hand pair of Prada shoes. She has also finally landed a husband—no small feat, as it required getting pregnant with his baby.

But when Alice becomes pregnant and experiences health problems, her world is turned upside down. To save her life and the life of her unborn child, she must leave Los Angeles and the stress of her bicoastal career, exchanging the late-night parties of sunny California for the suburbs of Nashville. With a weak smile and an even weaker heart, she soon finds herself living with a husband she barely knows, ensconced in a gated community brimming with perky, plastic, pony-tailed housewives. And then, at the gentle urging of a new friend, she agrees to attend church one Sunday afternoon.

What begins as an experiment beyond her comfort zone sparks something much bigger, as Alice begins to look deep within herself only to find insecurity, fear, and loneliness. One Sunday charts an endearing character’s journey from moral ambiguity through madness, tears, laughter, and heartbreak to a connection with the only One who can help heal her.

About The Author

An active writer and public speaker, Carrie Gerlach Cecil creates material for print, TV, film, and online. Her novel Emily's Reasons Why Not was a TV show on ABC. She served as producer on the show. Cecil is also the president of Anachel Communications, Inc. a corporate, entertainment, and sports media strategy firm. For more information, visit

My Review:
A clear message comes forth in this compelling page turner. No sin is to great for forgiveness. Alice has had a hard life and has rebounded.
She lost her Mom as a young girl, she took care of her, as she died of cancer. In a way she had already lost her Dad, he is physically there, but no longer there as a parent.
We travel with Alice and her rather destructive life pattern. She lives on the edge, and in the end starts making a living doing so. She is a smart cookie, but does end up pregnant with a one night stand. Do you think it is by chance she met Burton? Moved to Nashville, and lives next door to the Pastor Tim, his wife Lachelle, and their wonderful family?
Is it by chance she is witnessed to many times, in a wonderful and understanding way? I don't think so. The question then becomes will Alice accept what she is being shown? Or will she reject it all and return to her life at the shady magazine in LA?
I found myself being pulled into this story and really enjoying it! Getting a lot out of this story, and wishing there was more.

I received this book from the Published Howard Books and Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.

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