Thursday, February 19, 2009

Reveiw of Age Before Beauty by Virginia Smith

From Ginny's website:
Desperate to stay home with her baby, Allie Harrod launches a new career. Sure, she dropped out of Girl Scouts because she was lousy at cookie sales, but makeup is different, right? She'll do anything to make enough money to cover her share of the household bills, but how can she focus on her business when her list of problems is growing? None of her pre-baby clothes fit, her checking account is dwindling, and her mother-in-law has decided to move in! To top it off, her husband's attractive coworker suddenly needs his help every weekend. Middle sister Joan insists that God has the answers to all her problems, but Allie isn't so sure. Can she really trust him?
My review:
This book brought back a lot of memories for me. The novel looks into the life of Allie after having her first child and with great clarity the difficulties mom's face of wanting to stay home with their children but still face the financial demands of life and of course the fact that our bodies change after birth. The novel does a wonderful job of demonstrating the different ways that men and women think. Eric Harrod, Allie's husband has a wonderful heart but so often he is misunderstood by Allie. There were times I wanted to knock him in the head and ask "What are you thinking?" This just went to illustrate the dynamics of marriage. Age before Beauty takes a look into the lives of one woman trying to have it all. What makes it such a great story is the characters seem so real...just like your own sister or friend.
To read the first chapter go here

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