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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith

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. That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door.

Suddenly Joan has a goal--to 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.

Y'all, I have a new favorite author. Stuck in the Middle was awesome!

I have four sisters, so I love books with sisters. These girls had me giggling every five minutes, especially Allie. I will never look at a hula-hoop the same way again!

But seriously, it wasn't just a romantic comedy, it really helped me get closer to God. That little book description up there doesn't do the book justice. It's so much deeper than that.

Joan has gone to a conservative, small town church her whole life. And when Ken starts talking about religion like it's really something and a missionary comes and tells her story of God working miracles, she gets freaked out. Why has she never seen that God? The one they think is so amazing? The one who cares enough to give a little orphan boy some chocolate ice cream - just because he prayed for it? Joan didn't even know God answered prayers for ice cream. In fact, she didn't recall Him answering any of her prayers - and that may be because she has never asked for anything.

So Joan starts praying for chocolate ice cream. Not literally, but she's starts seeking God out - and He answers in a big way. One that changes her singles group at church and some of the lives in their community.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than a dozen Christian novels and over fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. Her books have been named finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, the American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year Award, and ACFW's Carol Award. In 2008 she was honored to receive the prestigious Writer of the Year Award at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

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