Sunday, June 04, 2006
This is my first taste of Lady Lit and I LOVED IT! You don't have to be middle aged to enjoy this one. The glamorous parties, the intriguing situations, and the slow spiritual awakening of several characters all lead to one satisfied sigh when God works things out in the end. I have to admit I didn't see the end coming in the beginning, but I REALLY love the way the author wove several themes together, which led the reader to ultimately rejoicing with Dee in the end.
Poor Dee was so into herself that she just didn't see how God was working around her. I'm impressed with how the author made me like Dee despite herself. I empathized with her from page one. I appreciated how the author showed that Dee's image of herself hadn't changed even though her outward body had transformed. We're all the same on the inside. True beauty is in the heart.
The strong moral theme in regard to the sacredness of marriage touched me profoundly, and though it's clear that Dee had valid Biblical grounds for divorce, I love how the author worked out the issues to convey a profound truth...that marriages are built and destroyed by both partners. It's never a totally one way street. Major kudos for Allison Bottke on her first novel. You can bet I'll be first in line for her book coming out in 2007. Love her unique author "voice" and loved this Lady Lit. It's one of a kind! A Stitch In Time is published by Bethany House.