Half Finished

Half Finished

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In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling's new novel, a group of women realize that life is full of half-finished relationships and projects. However, they discover that the outcome is not as important as the journey.

Recognizing how common it is for crafters to start many projects and finish few, a group of women join together to form a guild-Unfinished Projects Anonymous-to keep each other on track and accountable. Three of the friends are tasked with the job of home visits for their guild. Laughingly called "the Cartel," they snoop around craft rooms and knitting baskets to report on progress for the members. They even expand their mission to include checking on half-trained dogs and half-weeded gardens.

As life unexpectedly changes for one of the members, this ensemble of women in bestselling author Lauraine Snelling's new novel discovers that much of life is half-finished-projects, friendships, the raising of children, even our very relationship with the Lord. And that may be perfectly fine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974931170
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

LAURAINE SNELLING has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. She received a Career Achievement Award for inspirational fiction from RT Book Reviews and her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and live in the Tehachapi Mountains in California with a Bassett named Sir Winston.

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Half Finished 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Kind people helping each others makes life so enjoyable! Great story. ***** esk 06/2019 *****
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were like old friends by the end of the story. It was encouraging from start to finish. I can see the benefits from being in a group like this. Thinking of starting a UFO group at my church. I would love to read more stories about this topic. Melinda Smith
Lori782 6 months ago
This is a great read by Lauraine Smelling whose books I just adore!! I try not to miss any if hers either! Have you ever left anything unfinished? I know I have! I always start a project only to walk away from it and I usually don't go back for some unexplained reason. A perfect example putting ocean liner kits together. Most of the time it's the painting part of it that frustrated me. I think that Lauraine has done a fine job with this book! She writes about what most us feel at times! These women are awesome!! It's pretty cool to have an unfinished projects Club!! It's amazing how friendships start and in the most unusual ways as well. Maybe the Lord had this planned all along! The supporting characters are people that I could feel I could make friends with as well. Great job Lauraine!! Keep them coming please! Kind of wished we had one here!! She has made me feel like a part of this group and I definitely could relate to them! I love the humor part of it! This book really made my day and it also touched my heart too! My thanks to Netgalley for a review copy. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
beckyfBF 11 months ago
Great story. A wonderful story of friendship. And who doesn't have a few unfinished projects.
lolly-pops 12 months ago
HALF FINISHED is a book all crafters would be able to relate to. Stacks and stacks of material. Buttons galore. Yarn in every hue imaginable and knitting needles of all sizes. Pick your favorite creative outlet and there are probably some (or many) unfinished projects in your stash. The premise behind HALF FINISHED is about a group of crafters (male and female) who join together in a gallant attempt to finish unfinished projects. As the blurb says, they have to come to terms with many other unfinished things (not just crafts) and that is part of life. This is women's fiction. The writing is impeccable. But... There is a large group of characters and unfortunately I couldn't connect with or care about any of them. However, the theme and message is a good one that needs to be heard. If you love women's fiction or family drama style novels, you will love HALF FINISHED. Check it out for yourself. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
Half Finished by Lauraine Snelling was a wonderful, easy read of calmness. It’s a story about life and real people who have to navigate it and they choose to navigate it together. It’s not always easy. There is a wonderful craft element that was inspiring as I am a crafter myself. You come together and finish crafts that are half-done. No more unfinished projects laying around for years and years without completion. You want to start something new, finished what you have started first and do it in a community together. There’s accountability and wonderful fellowship. They even opened the group to men with their half-finished projects. Hey, why not! In the coming together, we get to know the stories of the characters and I really enjoyed that. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Half Finished is not quite what I expected from Lauraine Snelling. It is a sweet, heartwarming story geared toward a mature audience. It is a story about a group of people (women and men) who come together to help each other. It starts with an idea to get unfinished projects completed and develops into so much more. It is nicely written with a gentle pace, but there was a great deal of repetition. There are a variety of characters (too many) with MJ, Roxie, Ginny and Amalia being the featured ones. I wish the author had taken the time to establish the main characters. We are given scant information on them. Finding their last names was a challenge. There is conversation, eating, drinking coffee & tea, walking dogs, finishing projects, cooking, and friendship (day to day activities). It develops into friends helping friends through good times and bad. One of the members suffers a terrible loss and we see how the others rally to help her. God used the group to touch so many lives. Two of the most memorable phrases from Half Finished are “grab your moments, every moment you can and be thankful” because “life changes in an instant and we have no control over it”. Half Finished is a positive novel that features friendship, helping others, having faith and encouragement. It is amazing what can be accomplished when you have positive reinforcement and good friends. I liked that the author included an epilogue so we could see the changes wrought by this creation of the UFO group. Half Finished is a relaxing, upbeat novel.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
To quote her Norwegian grandmother, “Don’t that put the sizzle in the meat!” Something new and different from Lauraine Snelling! Modern, upbeat, fast moving story. Be prepared to be inspired! There are some sad moments, but the warmth and love between these friends is wonderful. At first there were so many new faces in this small town group, but it didn't really take long to keep everybody straight once I spent some time with them. Really nice people. People you'd like to know personally, and better than anything you see on tv these days. The people in this story decide to start a group for people who have unfinished projects laying around. They gather together to inspire and help each other to finish them. It's an eye opener if you're like me and keep putting projects off. The closeness of the core people and the love they have for each other in their lives is inspiring too. You realize your life might be half finished as well. Full of great wisdom. Makes you want to cheer, hug and be part of the group. Christian fiction at it's best. ". . .life is not a contest to see how quickly we learn, which is an incredible gift from our God, who wants to help us grow. He never says, ‘Hurry up.'" Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half Finished By: Lauraine Snelling Not to sound cheeky but this book is a "UFO" (UnFinished Object) for me. The storyline was a bit slow and there were too many characters to keep up with. I have enjoyed Lauraine Snellings books in the past but this one just wasn’t for me. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I share here.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
A community is brought closer together by groups of people working on craft projects begun at some point in the past. Friendships and fellowship develop into support systems for many of the attendees. This is a sweet read about the everyday lives of friends and neighbors, and the events they share through finishing craft projects. The importance of sharing and caring are highlights in this light read. A variety of characters are depicted throughout this story, involving the young as well as the elderly. Descriptive and detailed but easy to read, this would be a great travel or vacation book. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads contest. All expressed opinions are my own.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A charming contemporary story rich in the details of small town life, friendships, family, and love. I enjoyed getting acquainted with the variety of people who come together to begin a group to work on their "UFO's" or unfinished objects from home. A real community sense flows out from the simple act of extending an invitation to join others and help support their efforts to complete projects. The ripple effect especially shows in how they support a friend when tragedy strikes. The grieving process felt quite realistic. I liked how the practical ways they helped each other were extensions of their love and friendships. A surprise romance blooms too, which was fun. The story was a good reminder that through faith, "...we are all unfinished objects and that God promised to finish us in His good time." Recommend for readers who enjoy character driven stories with some faith and a little romance. 3.5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Nicole_C More than 1 year ago
Lauraine Snelling’s contemporary novel Half Finished was an enjoyable story that focused on family, friendships, and community. A group of friends created a UFO group, where people would get together to work on unfinished objects or projects while enjoying the socialization and support of the other group members. This novel was an inspirational story that sent the message not to waste a moment of God’s gift to us and that we are all unfinished objects that God will finish in His good time. There was even the opportunity for a little romance in the story. Readers will enjoy this latest novel by Lauraine Snelling. I received a complimentary copy of this book from FaithWords through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“That’s what friends are for. I mean, after all, we are all UFOs when you think of it. God said He would do the finishing,” Amalia tells Roxie in Lauraine Snelling’s novel, Half Finished. ~ What ~ This three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page hardbound targets those who like simplistic tales about family, friendship, and relationships while living in a close-knit town. Containing words such as dang and darn, topics of divorce, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Set in current-day Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, three women decide to organize a group that promotes finishing unfinished craft projects. Whether knitting a decades-old afghan, crocheting a baby’s outfit for a now-grown child, or completing a boat, the participants, both male and female, enjoy the weekly get-togethers while some individuals learn how God is the one who completes them through life’s struggles, differences, and challenges. ~ Why ~ The contagious idea of having a UFO (unfinished objects) group is charming and unique as many may need camaraderie, prompting, and accountability to complete a project or task. I liked the tenderness between Ginny and Amalia as one helped the other through a difficult time. The mother-daughter and grandmother-granddaughter interweaved relationships were well-written. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ may not understand the importance of relying on God throughout our lives. Some who have no interest in small town living where everyone knows everyone else’s business may find the story tedious as it is painted with the minutia such as windshield bugs, acid reflux, and grocery lists. ~ Wish ~ While I appreciated the group’s artistic concept, I felt one of its three original creators was rarely mentioned, focusing mainly on only one creative leader and two different women. Due to the plethora of characters, including a list of them at the beginning of the book might be helpful for procrastinating readers. I prefer no slang words in Christian books. ~ Want ~ If you like an easy read about a small town’s somewhat flawless residents who are half-finished in life and crafts, this may engage you, but I struggled through it, wishing for more excitement and less of the mundane. Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Are you a crafter? If so, you may have a UFO or two are your house. . .No, I don't mean a flying saucer for extraterrestrial beings. I mean unfinished objects, or UFOs as they are referred to in Half Finished. Lauraine Snelling writes about small town life and a group of people gathering to finish their unfinished craft projects. . .and how their lives intersect in other ways. Half Finished was a little slow for me to start with as I got to know the characters in this book. Then it picked up speed and I truly enjoyed the people and became interested in their lives. There is one woman in this book who experiences grieving for her spouse. I thought that was well-written as Snelling seemed to truly understand the steps and the challenges the character was facing. Other characters face different life challenges that were happier and those were well portrayed too. They also balanced the sad parts in the book with a happy story. Of course Half Finished would be of interest to crafters as there is a lot of talk about craft projects. Also, this book would be appealing to mid-life and older women as they face a different set of challenges in life--many of which were portrayed in this book. Half Finished also portrayed life in a small town in the Midwest accurately (as someone from a small town in the Midwest). Lastly, I thought Snelling did a good job of portraying spiritual issues in this book and I liked it from a Christian stand point. It wasn't preachy but there were spiritual insights to pass along--especially at the end. At the same time, this book isn't full of high action drama, if that is what you want, but rather meanders along like life in a small town does. I would recommend Half Finished and encourage other Christian women to give it a try. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. #sponsoredbyfaithwords