Thursday, March 27, 2008

Betrayed By J.M. Windle

Hi Everyone!
What an adventure! I loved the theme, and the animals, flowers and everything.
"This is my Father's world" has always been one of my most liked songs, and I really loved the way that Ms. Windle wove that into the book. It was a bright strong thread throughout the entire book. I can see how the government asked to be sure she was on the up and up, the descriptions are extremely realistic. I have never been to Guatemala, only seen things on TV, but during this read I felt like I could see the mountains, the flowers, and the landscape. I will probably always keep in mind the second main theme that was woven into this book. It is worded differently than the words I use in my head, but "Do what is right and do not give way to fear" is a wonderful thread in this book that you will have to read to fully understand.

Carol :)
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Betrayed
Tyndale House Publishers (February 6, 2008)
by
Jeanette Windle


ABOUT THE AUTHOR : As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than twenty. She has more than a dozen books in print, including political/suspense best-seller CrossFire and the Parker Twins series.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fires smolder endlessly below the dangerous surface of Guatemala City’s municipal dump.Deadlier fires seethe beneath the tenuous calm of a nation recovering from brutal civil war. Anthropologist Vicki Andrews is researching Guatemala’s “garbage people” when she stumbles across a human body. Curiosity turns to horror as she uncovers no stranger, but an American environmentalist—Vicki’s only sister, Holly. With authorities dismissing the death as another street crime, Vicki begins tracing Holly’s last steps, a pilgrimage leading from slum squalor to the breathtaking and endangered cloud forests of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere. But every unraveled thread raises more questions. What betrayal connects Holly’s murder, the recent massacre of a Mayan village, and the long-ago deaths of Vicki’s own parents? Nor is Vicki the only one demanding answers. Before her search reaches its startling end, the conflagration has spilled across international borders to threaten an American administration and the current war on terror. With no one turning out to be who they’d seemed, who can Vicki trust and who should she fear? A politically relevant tale of international intrigue and God’s redemptive beauty and hope.

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414314744/

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

For Pete's Sake by Linda Windsor

Hello All!

Again I am shocked by such a great book! LOL! I guess I could come to expect it, but we will see! ;) I loved this book! My husband and I are members of Christian Motorcycle Club, the Warriors For Christ MC. That made Ellen on her Harley just close to my heart. I don't ride my own bike yet, but I hope to have a Trike one of these days! I loved Ellen's personality. I felt close to Adrian because of my own computer background. I live around red hats, and some minor white hats. I did see one major chunk of plot coming in the book, but it was still so well written that I loved reading it anyway. I don't want this to sound wrong, but as far as plot doing what I though it would, it did...like if I had written it that is the way I would have wanted it to go. I really liked that great deal.

Then we come to the really *good* part. Pete's issue with Asperger's. I have a friend with a son who has Autism. I have been around other Autistic children. However, of late, someone very close to me seems to have a mild version of Asperger's. My friend who's son is Autistic told this person that they sounded like they had quite a few Asperger's symptoms.

As I was reading I was grateful, and wowed at reading about a child who's actions are so very close to those of this person who is so dear to me. The anger, enormous and boiling....just had him labeled as hot tempered red headed child. The not reading body language has driven many people nutty at times, and caused him to be more misunderstood. He did learn how to read body language, but it doesn't always work. Being in their own world at times, enormous intelligence, but serious lack of ability to deal with others struck home to the core of my being! I hadn't heard of Asperger's but once prior to my friend telling this person that they needed to research it. This person was born 3 months premature, and the doctors told the mother to expect problems, including emotional issues. So growing up anger, lack of social skills, you name it, it was just assigned to that. I wasn't until about a month ago that my friend who works with her own autistic son, and others, said to go research Asperger's. This person did so, and found that while not a perfect match on all the points found on the internet so many others matched that it makes so much sense!!! Things clicked into place. In this book Pete can't stand the noise of the Harley. While this person loves the Harley sound, the sound of a typing keyboard or someone eating cereal has, in the past, caused huge outbursts of unexplained anger. Now, at last, because of this book, that makes sense!

I wish that it had been more well known when this person I am talking about was younger, it would have saved a great deal of stress and heartache. However, now that we know, we can work with that. These are very special intelligent people who just need to be understood! Reading this book was a HUGE help for me! I can't thank you enough Linda Windsor for writing this book! I hope that it will be an enjoyable, educational, blessed read for many many people! :D

Carol :)



This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
For Pete's Sake
Book Two of the Piper Cove Chronicles
(Avon Inspire - April 1, 2008)
by
Linda Windsor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Maryland author Linda Windsor has written some twenty-nine historical and contemporary novels for both the secular and inspirational markets, but she is most noted for delivering “The Lift of Laughter and Spirit” in her modern inspirational romances.A Christy finalist and winner of numerous industry awards, Linda has written for Multnomah Publishing (historical fiction and contemporary romances), Barbour Publishing (romcom novella), and Westbow Press (the Moonstruck romantic comedy trilogy). Wedding Bell Blues the first book in her new The Piper Cove Chronicles series, is featured on Avon Inspire's launch list. In addition to writing and doing fiction-writing workshops at conferences across the country, Linda continues a music and lay speaking ministry started by her and her late husband, and she is a part-time financial analyst. She also works on “as desperately needed” home improvement projects on the 18th-century-plus house that she and her husband began restoring in 1986. Wallpaper and paint are definitely in her near future.

LINDA WINDSOR LOCAL APPEARANCES:
Saturday, April 5th, 2008Jack's Religious Gift Shop701 Snow Hill RoadSalisbury, MD 218042:00PM
Saturday, April 12, 2008 The Gospel Shop800 South Salisbury BlvdSalisbury, MD 2180111:00

ABOUT THE BOOK:
For Pete's Sake is a remarkable story about the unlikely live between a grown-up tomboy and the millionaire next door.Ellen Brittingham isn’t sure true live exists until she contracts to do the landscaping of the estate of the sophisticated widower next door, Adrian Sinclair. Adrian has it all—at least on the surface, He’s engaged to a beautiful woman who helped him build a successful business and he’ll soon have a mom for his troubled son Pete.Yet, from the moment Ellen rescues a stranded Adrian on her Harley, his well-ordered world turns upside down, cracking his thin fa├žade of happiness and revealing the void of faith and love behind it. Even more, his son seems to have his own sites set on Ellen – as his new mom.As Ellen’s friendship grows with Pete, she realizes that his father is about to marry the wrong woman for the right reasons. And despite her resolve to remain “neighbors only” with the dad, the precocious boy works his way into her heart, drawing Ellen and Adrian closer. Close enough for heartbreak, for Pete’s sake!But how can her heart think that Adrian Sinclair is the one when he’s engaged to a sophisticated beauty who is everything Ellen isn’t. When Ellen’s three best friends see she’s been bitten by the love bug, they jump into action and submit her to a makeover that reveals the woman underneath her rough exterior and puts her in contention for Adrian’s love.But Ellen must ask herself whether she’s ready to risk the heart that she’s always held close. Will Ellen be able to trust that God brought this family into her life for a reason? Or will her fear of getting hurt cause her to turn away from God’s plan and her one true chance at love?

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061171387

Thursday, March 20, 2008

On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkeness by Andrew Peterson

Greetings all!

This book was so great I wound up getting it in more than one group by accident! WOW!
You will find a few added links, and a list of other people who reviewed this book too!

YEAH! Another fantastic book I got to read! I can't wait until my cousins get to read this one! :D
On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkness is this first book of an incredible story. It is well spun, and a wonderful read. Shoot, if I didn't like this book I would just not even like to eat anything at all like a flabbit!

Could anyone not love Nugget? And why would anyone wish to be near the Fangs of Dang? Uggg! :p Can you read this book and not want the Seadragons to sing more often? They are nothing like the real Earth bound Seadragons which I have studied and are cousins to the beautiful seahorses which I have raised, but yet they are powerful and I am just *sure* they mean more than just what they did in this book. Would you like to know what all you can do with Thwaps? Does a Toothy-cow of Scree scare you, or make you happy? Have you seen a meep, or did you chase a chorkney? You will just never know if you don't read this book!

The wonderful words aside, the footnotes and extras were priceless! And boy did I feel happy, and dumb when I got to the end of this book and found out that this Author was a singer-songwriter and rather well know Christian recording artist! WOW!

Now where is book #2? I am sure I need to review it in case I come up against any Qill Diggles.

Carol :)


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
WaterBrook Press (March 18, 2008)
by
Andrew Peterson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author/Singer/Songwriter Andrew Peterson, a 2005 Audie Award finalist for his readings of Ray Blackston’s Flabbergasted trilogy, wrote and produced the popular Christmas play and musical Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tale of the Coming of the Christ, and the album by the same name, which received the 2004 Best Album of the Year, World Christian Music’s Editors Choice Award. Andrew’s received critical acclaim for his seven albums and is at work on an eighth. He lives with his wife Jamie and their three young children near Nashville, Tennessee, where he reads storybooks aloud to his family each evening.

Artist Justin Gerard has illustrated several children’s books, including The Lightlings storybooks for young readers by R.C. Sproul. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and works as the chief creative officer for Portland Studios.
Andrew’s Web site and blog (a team blog he moderates): http://andrew-peterson.com/ and http://www.rabbitroom.com/

ABOUT THE BOOK: Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness presents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life’s true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.

“So good–smart, funny, as full of ideas as action.”–Jonathan Rogers, author of The Wilderking Trilogy

“A wildly imaginative, wonderfully irreverent epic that shines with wit and wisdom–and features excellent instructions on how to cope with Thwaps, Fangs, and the occasional Toothy Cow.”–Allan Heinberg, writer/co-executive producer of ABC’s Grey's Anatomy, and co-creator of Marvel Comics Young Avengers

“Totally fun! Andrew Peterson, a natural storyteller in the oral tradition, has nailed the voice needed to translate a rip-roaring fantasy tale to the written page.”–Donita K. Paul, author of DragonSpell, DragonKnight, DragonQuest, and DragonFire


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CSFF Blog Tour
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Katie Hart
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Kait
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Mike Lynch
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    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Sweet Caroline By Rachel Hauck. (A good one!)

    Hello Readers of my Blog!
    Here is yet another good book! Aren't you so glad I get mostly great or good books to review instead of bad ones? So when you read, more often than not, that I really enjoyed a book, it is because I did. I have had a really busy exhausting week, so I am not quite through reading this book! :0 However, since I never give away the endings I can still give this book a good review, and finish it up later tonight or tomorrow! :D
    First of all I love the name Caroline. I guess I am partial to it. While I am a Carol, I have been called Caroline by teachers that just could never get their minds around my name and to this day call me Caroline! That part sort of tickles me about this book, reading the name Caroline repeatedly. Sweet Caroline was also a pretty good song. I really love the way this book is handling the issue of what is *the* right thing? How do we know when God is dumping the right thing into our lives? And, I have to add this apart from this book, often the gift God is sending us looks like nothing but a big sticky mess. I love the way Rachel Hauck has Caroline talking to both her head and her heart. Maybe it is a "Carol" thing, but I have often done a much similar thing in my life. I hope that you will read this book if you are looking for a good "sweet" read with lots of meaning.
    Carol :)
    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Sweet Caroline
    Thomas Nelson February 12, 2008
    by Rachel Hauck
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college.But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me.After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times. But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days, one doesn't get to see many of the sites. In Ireland, our company's distributor drove me around at night so I could see something of Dublin. I met Tony, my husband, in '87, at church, of all places. We got married in '92. Tony has been a pastor for twenty years. I've worked with him in eighteen of those twenty. Our heart is to see teens and adults passionate, radical and whole hearted for Jesus.Tony and I don't have any children of our own, lots of kids-in-the-Lord and we love them all. However, we do have a very spoiled dog, and an even more spoiled cat.I've always wanted to be a writer. My dad used to tell me, "You're a writer." I have letters he wrote me post college, exhorting me to write. In this, I believe he had the heart of God.In '93, I started an epic WW2 novel with two plots. It was well rejected. After that ordeal, I took a break and put efforts into my job as a software project manager. But, I missed writing and in late ' 99, I took up the craft again. With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in ' 04, Lambert's Pride, a romance novel. I love writing chick lit and romance. I love writing. What an honor.
    Rachel has several other books that have been received with great praise, including Diva Nash Vegas and Lost In Nash Vegas You can purchase copies of Rachel's books, signed personally for you, at this site: Signed by the Author.com

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    When a Southern waitress inherits the Lowcountry cafe where she works, she suddenly has to balance more than just her next food order. Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says "yes" to destiny. Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she's been waitressing falls right into Caroline's lap. While she's trying to determine the cafe's future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline's heart. But when her first love, Mitch O'Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.
    The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595543376

    Monday, March 10, 2008

    The Perfect Life By Robin Lee Hatcher


    Greetings All My Blog Readers!

    Another deep book is here! The Perfect Life is another book that probably should be required reading for all married women. Even with my friends, we often find ourselves asking God why we did what we did. Did we marry the person He had for us? Why does such horrible adversity attack our marriages? Who do we trust? How do we hear God to know who to trust and who is lying, and where God is lighting our path?

    Those are questions I am working with a friend right now. They come around over and over. They have come in my life, and they seem to come into the lives of everyone I know. It might not be right now, it might not be tomorrow, it might be in the past, but it comes. This book was a great story of huge trials coming and flooding one family's life, and most of all how the Perfect Wife deals with her whole life crumbling. I hadn't read any of the Women Of Faith books, this was my first one. I am duly impressed, and I hope to get to read a few more. I feel comforted by this book, it ended just like it should have, and it drew out strength even in me.
    Carol :)
    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    The Perfect Life
    Thomas Nelson (February 5, 2008)
    by
    Robin Lee Hatcher

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

    Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon.

    She also likes to blog. Go leave her a comment at Write Thinking!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Married to Brad, a loving and handsome husband, respected in their church and the community. Two grown daughters on the verge of starting families of their own. A thriving ministry. Good friends. A comfortable life.

    She has it all--until the day a reporter appears with shocking allegations. Splashed across the local news are accusations of Brad's financial impropriety at his foundation and worse, an affair with a former employee. Without warning, Katherine's marriage is shattered and her family torn apart. The reassuring words she's spoken to many brokenhearted women over the years offer little comfort now.

    Her world spinning, Katherine wonders if she can find the truth in the chaos that consumes her. How can she survive the loss of what she thought was the perfect life?
    The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595541489

    Wednesday, March 5, 2008

    Tuffles By The Sea By Julie Carobini (Excellent!)

    Hello Everyone!

    Well, I could use some extra chocolate from reading this book! It had so much good food in it! Mmmm! I did enjoy this book, and was well pleased when I got to the end to find that there had been a book before it. This was so well written that it stood alone, and that can be important sometimes in books in a series. Some of them are totally dependant on each other, and others, like this one stand alone or together with the other books.

    I was glad the main character for this book, Gaby {AKA Gabriella} wound up with the right people in her life, and not the wrong ones. I am watching too many people in this very real life of mine wind up with the wrong choices and all the pain that those choices bring with them. It was a lovely break to read about Gaby working through exactly what it is she is suppose to be doing with her life. Is she really happy with what she is doing, or is something else higher or different calling? How do we best submit and let God guide us in all things?

    I adored the Sea Lion, and I thank Julie Carboini for adding "Sweet Thing" into this book. She added a wonderful touch of ocean life that was just right. ;) This book will make you want to go back to the beach sometime soon, but more than that you feel like you have been to the beach for a peek into the world of some of those who live there.


    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Truffles by the Sea
    Bethany House (February 1, 2008)
    by
    Julie Carobini

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Julie Carobini is an award-winning writer whose stories often spotlight her family, the sea, and God's timely work in the lives of those around her. She lives with her husband, Dan, and their three children in Ventura Beach, California. She also likes to blog! Go leave her a comment at Waves of Grace.







    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    If you read, Julie's first book, Chocolate Beach, then you might remember Gaby as Bri’s dramatic, lovesick best friend. Unfortunately, things get worse—much worse—for her before they get…well, best not to give it away.Sometimes all a girl has left is chocolate...Gaby Flores has a penchant for drama and an unfortunate knack for dating Mr. So Wrong. After breaking off yet another relationship, watching her apartment building burn to the ground, and discovering that her dippy delivery guy has run off with most of her business, Gaby decides it’s time to turn things around.So she moves to a tiny waterfront loft and takes on a new motto: “Be gullible no more!” With help from her friends, she works to rebuild her flower shop—and her life. But when legal troubles and quirky neighbors and two surprising romances enter her beachy world, Gaby’s motto and fledgling faith are put to the test.Can a young woman prone to disaster in both work and love finally find happily ever after?

    "Truffles by the Sea is delightful! Julie Carobini has a new fan in this reader, and she's earned a spot on my keeper shelf." --Kay James, RomanceReaderatHeart.com

    "This book is a delight to read, and the author has us rooting for Gaby from page one. This girl's never-say-die attitude is incredible, and her life is filled with all kinds of foibles. This is chick lit with heart – about so much more than finding a man.... While keeping the light chick lit tone, this book satisfied while avoiding the tired old formulas. Just when I’m ready to give up on the genre, I stumble across an author who can write without relying on stereotypes." --Cara Putman, writerinterrupted.com

    "I liked Julie Carobini's first novel, Chocolate Beach, but her sophomore release, Truffles By The Sea, greatly surpasses it. I thoroughly enjoyed Carobini's second book and felt her writing was much stronger throughout. The characters are deeper and yet funnier – a great combination.... It's a great read for a cold winter day – you can curl up with the book, a nice fire and pretend you're the one by the sea." --Jill Hart, RadiantLit.com

    The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0764204270

    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)
    by
    Virginia Smith



    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    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!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    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~

    The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800732324