This is the last book in the Sensible Shoes series but even though it's the only one I've read, it was still an excellent read!
I didn't feel too lost jumping into it as the plot explains itself. And it didn't feel too strained or artificial either.
Four women are coping with the death of a dear friend and mother, even as they experience significant transitions in their respective lives.
Sharon Garlough Brown has a gift of making characters come alive. I resonated with Mara, Hannah, Charissa, and Becca at different points in the story.
I felt for Mara, the single mother who nevertheless spends time each week to serve at a homeless food centre.
Hannah's story tugged at my heartstrings even as she gave up a ministry position to move in with her husband.
Charissa reminded me the importance of rest and how in every crisis there can sometime be a silver lining.
Becca disdains "Jesus-people" and rejects several attempts of others who try to bring her to faith.
Their stories intertwined perfectly and I never felt lost even though the entire novel's narrative alternates between the four of them.
It's a little like my life honestly, I've lost a friend earlier this year and together with some of my friends, I'm learning how to cope with it. So it's nice to read a book that doesn't paper over the grief one feels when a close friend dies.
I'd give this book 4.5 stars out of 5, so grab your copy today from IVP. :)
Disclaimer: The publisher sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.