This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
Stuck in the Middle
Revell (February 1, 2008)
by Virginia Smith
I was anxious to read this book for a couple of reasons. I have always liked the study of birth order, so I was looking forward to seeing how that philosophy played out in this story of three sisters. And, having three daughters, I thought it would be fun to see interactions and similarities between the characters in the book and my girls! On an even more personal basis, I, like Virginia, left a corporate job to become a writer (among other reasons), and I want to cheer her on in her success!
While the book starts out as a 'typical' romance (hunky, single Christian doctor moves in next door to an attractive single Christian woman hoping for a relationship), Virginia (Ginny) quickly takes the story much deeper. The story does include some great romance (I consider it great when I start cheering the characters on whenever they meet!), but the true story line is the developing love relationship between Joan, the middle daughter, and her heavenly Father. While her family is admittedly Christian, they are missing God's amazing love, and as Joan seeks this relationship it causes realistic conflicts with the rest of the family who see her as a 'fanatic'.
This is a great book, and I can't wait for the sequels.
By the way, Ginny has an amazing contest on her website. Check it out -- you can win a $500 shopping spree!
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.
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!
"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~