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Friday, February 29, 2008

My review of Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith!

Here it is! The review you've all been waiting for. I finished the book last night so it's not as fresh in my mind, but the story will stick with me. Here goes...

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.

My review:

This story was fabulous! It wasn't edgy, IMHO, but it was still very intriguing and incredibly romantic, not to mention downright hilarious at times. For me, Stuck in the Middle was the perfect example of the best of the best Christian fiction. Not too much angst and drama, but just enough tension and issues to keep you turning the pages. The internal dialogue was so well done I felt like I was the main character dealing with the spiritual struggles and the sister issues. Such honest and fresh fiction is not common. The spiritual struggles were realistic, and yet there was depth to the lessons that really cut to the heart of the issues. But it was such a seamless part of the story it seemed natural, like the point about being equally yolked with your partner and not being ashamed of your faith.

Stuck in the Middle was so heartwarming and deep, yet fun and light at the same time. How did the author do that??? I totally loved the hero, too. He was delectable. Those "almost kisses" were making me nuts. I loved the misunderstandings, too. This story was also a great example of what not to do to win a man's heart. The flirting lessons were hilarious, especially when Joan tossed her hair and noted each time he moved inside her hula hoop. To find out what that means you have to read the book. I loved it. Highly recommended.

Stuck in the Middle was published by Revell and released in February 2008!


Kathy Carlton Willis said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Ginny has great story-telling skills. She makes me laugh while getting wonderful points across. LOVE her (hear me singing her praises!). Kathy WillisWay at aol dot com

Trish Perry said...

The book sounds like great fun, Michelle and Virginia! The promise of conflicted sibling interactions are especially intriguing. I'd love a copy!


Julie Lessman said...

Great review, Michelle, sign me up for the book giveaway, please!


ladystorm said...

Sounds like a great book. I would love to read it. Put my name in the hat! :)

Janna said...

Please enter me - this sounds like such an enjoyable book!

ryanx6 [at] msn [dot] com

Stacey said...

I have been wanting to read this. Please put my name in for the drawing. Thanks.


Virginia Smith said...

Michelle, what a terrific review. It means so much, especially coming from someone whose opinion I highly value. Thank you!


bookwurm70 said...

Please enter me, I really want a copy of this book!

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