This is a good novel of women's relationships. Young women who read Gunn's books on Christy Miller or Sierra Jensen will like this one with the characters all grown up, wives and mothers. The novel centers on a new character, Emily. She is taken into the circle of friends including Christy and Sierra.
This is a novel of embracing friendship and finding healing. Emily is so unsure of herself and her marriage situation is unsettled. It was a joy to see how the group of Christian women drew her in. These women helped each other grow with loving support and gentle encouragement. It portrayed how such a group of women could actually fulfill the “one another” commands of the New Testament.
There were several issues covered in the book. A big one was infertility. Another was how decisions are made within a marriage, especially when the future is unsure. Another was how to maintain family relationships when living across the country from parents. The issues were realistically portrayed, including some tense moments. How some of the issues worked out may have been a bit unrealistic but were still interesting.
Gunn's writing style is pleasant and the novel is very readable. The characters were engaging and I think young married women will enjoy reading of young moms, their concerns and their relationships.
You can read the first chapters here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Robin Jones Gunn is the award-winning and best-selling author of nearly 100 books, including the Christy Miller, Sierra Jensen, Glenbrooke, and Sisterchicks series. Her Father Christmas novels have become three popular Hallmark movies. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.
Multnomah, 320 pages.
I received a complimentary arc of this book through the publisher launch team. My comments are an independent and honest review.