Friday, April 27, 2007

Too Good to Be True

I got to meet author Trish Perry at the ACFW conference last fall. She sat on one side of me, Kristin Billerbeck sat on the other and Camy Tang sat across the table. I was surrounded by chick -lit authors. For all I know there were more than those three there, but those were the ones I knew and loved. I basked in their chick-littiness...and then went to the meeting that, well...rocked my world in a bad, bad way, so we won't revisit that. BUT, I have good memories of that lunch.

So it is no surprise that I was excited to read Trish's latest book Too Good to Be True. This book is an almost sequel to Trish's last book, The Guy I'm Not Dating. I say almost sequel, because Kara and Gabe show up in the background, but you don't need to know their story to read this one. Even if it is nice to see where they are a year later.

Too Good to Be True goes on a romantic adventure with recently divorced Rennie (my grade school best friend's name, BTW) who really just wants to reconcile with her ex, but discovers it will never happen. After a fainting spell at Wal-Mart, Ren meets up with Tru, a male L&D nurse, who seems too wonderful for words. Is this a God thing? And can she trust her heart to another again?

This book was a wonderful read. Many of you know how precious little reading I've gotten done since the squirt was born, but I couldn't wait to start this book when it came in the mail, and once I started, I couldn't put it down. (Okay, I had to put it down, but you've never seen a mother so glad for a baby to be hungry...Well, I had to sit down anyway...)

Once again, I have to commend Harvest House for taking on a controversial subject. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've seen a divorced heroine in Christian fiction. She obviously didn't want to be divorced, as many Christians don't want to be. But, let's face it, Christians are sinners, too. Sometimes Christians get divorced. Seems like it happens quite often. We don't need to expound on the wrongness of divorce to the divorced person, we need to love them where they are and serve their needs. Rennie needed to know that "with God's guidance, a happy life is definitely possible after heartbreak." Most of us need to know that.

Good job, Trish, on another well written and enjoyable book.


Trish Perry said...

Hey, Jamie, thanks for blogging about Too Good to Be True! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and that your baby doll gave you the time you needed to read it. I remember those days! Just getting a chance to shower is a treat when the kids are itty bitties.

I hope we get a chance to see each other again at the next ACFW conference. I'm not sure I'll be able to go, but I'm shooting for that on the schedule!



Camy Tang said...

I hope I see BOTH of you at the next ACFW conference! I just got a copy Too Good to Be True, too! Can't wait for Genesis to slow down so I can read fiction, for a change ...

Chaos-Jamie said...

Okay Camy, Genesis doesn't count as fiction because...?

I know what you mean, it was just too funny.

The only way I'm making it to conference this year is if I bring a nanny. Not out of the question, but not certain yet, for sure.