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Some Wildflower in My Heart | [Jamie Langston Turner]

Some Wildflower in My Heart

As manager of an elementary school cafeteria, middle-aged Margaret Tuttle is objective and self-contained. She has no interest in emotions or attachments to those around her. But when Birdie Freeman begins to work for Margaret, things begin to change. With her childlike, unselfish, Christian love, Birdie touches everyone she meets. Soon, Margaret's heart opens in spite of her resolve to remain aloof.
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Publisher's Summary

A teacher for more than 25 years, Jamie Langston Turner has written stories, articles, plays, and poems for a variety of Christian periodicals. In Some Wildflower in My Heart, she crafts a stirring tale of faith taking root in rocky soil.

As manager of an elementary school cafeteria, middle-aged Margaret Tuttle is objective and self-contained. She has no interest in emotions or attachments to those around her. But when Birdie Freeman begins to work for Margaret, things begin to change. With her childlike, unselfish, Christian love, Birdie touches everyone she meets. Soon, Margaret's heart opens in spite of her resolve to remain aloof.

Honest and unsentimental, this novel is a dramatic portrayal of the power of love and charity. Birdie's glowing optimism shines like a beacon throughout each chapter, and her gentle personality is captured in Cynthia Darlow's assured narration.

©2006 Jamie Langston Turner; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 02-21-08
    Debra Argyle, TX, United States 02-21-08 Member Since 2005
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    "This Author did it again!!!"

    Jamie Langston Turner is one of the best authors I've ever "read." I'm still in the process of "reading" this book, but I can hardly wait to get back to it. I will tell you that this book is connected with the other 2 books. I hope Ms. Turner writes another book soon!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Killeen, TX, USA 01-09-09
    Chris Killeen, TX, USA 01-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Best of the Best! A Must Listen!"

    WOW. Where do I begin, of all the books I've listen too, thus far, this is truely the best of the best.

    I was drawn into the story immediately and the narration was superb. And, although this story has religeous overtones, it was not preachy in the least. I also loved the fact that the author used real world events in telling this story, it made it more real.

    I wish there were more people like Birdie in this world. As for me, I will strive to be more like her on a daily basis. I work customer service so I shall have lots of time to perfect the things that I learned from Birdie. There's something for everyone.

    I have already started by buying the paperback version of this book for a dear friend of mine (she prefers to read). I truely hope she will enjoy this story as much as I have.

    Final word: Don't pass this book by. I know I will listen to this book many times over. Again, A must listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kalispell, MT, USA 01-01-09
    Angie Kalispell, MT, USA 01-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A part of my life."

    My mind, my heart, my life has been opened by this audiobook. The narrator perfected the characters. It openend every emotion in me; fear, hatred, love, trust... The author envelopes proper language and the most improper social behavior to adhere the story to almost any reader. The most important piece, the Love of Jesus, is shadowed in most of the book. In the end the beauty of our saviour is shown in the enveloping and intertwining of all the characters. Beautiful!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Alvin, TX, USA 11-05-08
    Barbara Alvin, TX, USA 11-05-08
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    "Undoubtedly one of the best stories I've read."

    From beginning to end, this engrossing story captured both my heart and mind. It tugged at my emotions and led me to search my own life for ways to emulate the lovely and rich character of Birdie.
    There are few stories that have touched me as this one has. This is a must read (listen) for every lover of inspirational fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Nevada City, CA 01-09-13
    Marsha Nevada City, CA 01-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Captivating"

    I love this book; I've listened to it a couple of times now; and will again sometime. It is in the typical style of Jamie Langston Turner in being quite wordy, and a Christian novel....so you have to be ok with that. But! the narration is great! I was rolling in my seat laughing half the time!. Then, watching the unfolding of "Margaret Tuttle," usually from right within her own thought processes, was amazing. I adore the sweet way Jamie allows the unfolding of Margaret's heart opening after an extremely painful early life. Beautifully done. I heartily recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 10-22-12
    Linda Kinnelon, NJ, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.

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    "Wonderful story - enjoyed it very much!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The book is written in the first person. One of the other reviewers commented that "This author appears to have a distain for men and anyone from the south. Her imitation of southern accents is demeaning to southerners. She has a selfish disregard for others I was frequently disgusted with her degrading portrait of others." Unfortunately, the reviewer has misunderstood. It is not the author she is describing, but the protagonist, since, as I have said, it is written in the first person. If you re-read the publisher's summary, you will see that it says Margaret Tuttle is objective and self-contained. That, IMO, is to put it mildly. She is caustic and abrasive, and very difficult to work for. Because of negative events in her teen years, she has built a wall around herself that she will not allow anyone to penetrate. She has no friends, and a platonic relationship with her husband. And she wants nothing to do with God or church or religion, for reasons you will discover as the story unfolds. Then Birdie Freeman becomes a cafeteria employee, and Margaret's life changes. Yes, there is definitely a Christian theme here. But it is not preachy. I am very happy that I have this book in my library.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W. Modesto, CA, United States 03-05-13
    W. Modesto, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Some Wildflower in My Heart"

    This book, both narrative and story, is excellent. The author has handled a tragic situation with grace. She has gently peeled away pain, involuntary disgrace, and the accumulated covers that we sometimes protect ourselves with and poured in God's love. In one situation I expected a physical reconciliation but the author did not focus on the physical but rather the all encompassing Spirit of God's love that is able to repair any damage. This is well worth the credit or cash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Cape May, NJ, United States 11-26-12
    Dianne Cape May, NJ, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Extraordinary story and narration!"

    I was not familiar with this author, but the 5 star reviews prompted me to listen. I was not disappointed. This will top the list of my all-time favorite audibles. The story is profound and Cynthia Darlow's reading brings the cast of unforgettable characters vividly to life. I'll be looking for more books by Jamie Langston Turner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon san diego, california, United States 11-13-10
    sharon san diego, california, United States 11-13-10 Member Since 2007

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

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    "A Wonderful Story Of Forgiveness"

    This book is a must. The characters are real,the story unforgettable .Birdie changes many lives she touches and Margaret finds love and forgiveness and is able to move on from a tragic childhood to a fulfilling marriage.. I have listened to this book several times over the years and this one of my favorites . Some of the characters in this book appear in future novels.Jamie Langston Turner is a fantastic author. This is a winner. I look fore ward to more of Her books on Audible !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 09-27-13
    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 09-27-13 Member Since 2006

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on the friend. I liked the book but it might not appeal to everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the literary references. Like the fact that the main character was writing her story on a bunch of spiral notebooks from K-mart.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    On one hand the narration seemed a bit dry, but on the other hand it sort of had to be dry to truly capture the character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by the ending. She reminds us that we were warned, but I had forgotten. While there was a lot of sadness and bitterness to slog through, the main character learns about herself and about those around her, and that's a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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