Saturday, March 1, 2008

"Stuck in the Middle" By Virginia Smith

Oh what an apt name this book has! I find that we have all, and will each be at some point in our lives, stuck in the middle of something! In this book Joan is stuck in the middle of many issues in her life. Her Grandmother is not well, her sisters stress her out, and her love life is non-existent. I enjoyed following Joan as she worked with the big deep issues of what happens when we have loved ones who are older and we can't take care of them like we want to anymore. Issue of how we move on with our own lives, and how we cope. We deal with our imperfect families, our difficult situations, and we can't do that with out God's help.

I enjoyed this book, and while I hadn't been too excited by it from the write up it had, it was much more in-depth than the write up would lead you to believe. If you have anyone dealing with a loved one with issues of aging, or trying to deal with a sister that out shines them, then pass them a copy of this book. I think it will comfort them.

Carol :)
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Stuck in the Middle
Revell (February 1, 2008)
Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith left her job as a corporate director to become a full time writer and speaker with the release of her first novel Just As I Am. Since then she has contracted eight novels and published numerous articles and short stories. She writes contemporary humorous novels for the Christian market, including Murder by Mushroom (Steeple Hill, August 2007) and her newest release, Stuck in the Middle(Revell, February 2008), book 1 in the Sister-to-Sister Series. Her short fiction has been anthologized, and her articles have been published in a variety of Christian magazines. An energetic speaker, she loves to exemplify God’s truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, “Biblical Truths in Star Trek.”Virginia is a speaker, and an avid Scuba diver. She and her husband Ted, divide their times between Kentucky and Utah, and escape as often as they can for diving trips to the Caribbean!

Joan Sanderson's life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement-or romance.That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly Joan has a goal--to catch his eye and get a date. But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly with him and Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, maybe Joan can find her way out of this rut and into the life she's been hiding from. Book 1 of the Sister-to-Sister series, Stuck in the Middle combines budding romance, spiritual searching, and a healthy dose of sibling rivalry that is sure to make you smile.

"A gentle story of one young woman's season of growth, deftly blending the tangle of family relationships with gifts of whimsey and revelation. A joy to read."~SHARON HINCK, author of Renovating Becky Miller and Symphony of Secrets~

"Virginia Smith has created a charming and humerous novel that celebrates small-town life, generations of women caring for each other, and the value of finding a deeper, more active faith."~SHARON DUNN, author of the Bargain Hunters mysteries~

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1 comment:

Virginia Smith said...

Hi Carol,

Thanks so much for your review of my new book! I really appreciate it. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised by Joan's story.