Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Book Review: "Out of Her Hands" by Megan DiMaria


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Out Of Her Hands

Tyndale House Publishers (September 22, 2008)

by

Megan DiMaria



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I was born and raised in New York State and have since lived in Maine, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, and now I live in Colorado. My husband and I have three delightful, adult children and an old Jack Russell Terrier named Belle who seems to find her way into my novels. My resume will tell you I graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Communications, and after graduation I worked as a radio and television reporter, freelance writer, editor and marketing professional.

I'm a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and am assistant director of Words For The Journey, Rocky Mountain Region.

But what's most important to know about me is that I am a follower of Jesus, wife, mother, friend, reader and writer.

Life’s a journey, enjoy the adventures!


ABOUT THE BOOK

In this second novel by Megan DiMaria, Linda Revere is back and continuing to struggle with the turmoil of contemporary life. Linda has been praying for her children's future spouses since they were very small. Confident that her prayers will be answered, Linda is not prepared for the young woman her son brings home. But Linda soon learns that while everything she once controlled is out of her hands, God is still in control. Megan uses her trademark humor while dealing with issues to which her readers will relate.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Out Of Her Hands, go HERE

"No sophomore slump for DiMaria! This novel (Out of Her Hands) is as engaging and meaningful as her first, Searching for Spice. Her realistic portrayal of the characters' lives should endear them to readers and help Christians to feel less alone in their daily trials."
~Romantic Times Magazine, 4 ½ stars TOP PICK!

“Life in Linda's world is messy...but filled with love, laughter, struggle and faith. Megan has created a most real heroine for us to love...and I adore her!”
~Deena Peterson, reviewer: A Peek at my Bookshelf
“Megan DiMaria crafts a novel so compelling, so real, you forget you're reading fiction.”
~Darcie Gudger, reviewer: TitleTrakk

"This is a great read for a quiet afternoon or in those times when you feel your own life spinning out of control and need the reality check of knowing you're not in it alone."
~Amazon reviewer
Mom Learns to Let Go

I enjoyed the first book in this series and I was looking forward to this sequel very much. It totally did not disappoint. The writing is such that it draws you right into the story, sucks you up, and won't let you go. I finished it in a day because it was that good! I think what I liked best about this story, is that the family is not perfect. Even though they strive to be a good Christian family, they obviously have a lot of faults and they know this. While I enjoyed this story very much, there were some things I still did not like about Linda. Maybe it's because I'm not a mom and I don't have a connections with kids, but I always feel bad for girlfriends of the only son in the family. I always feel that in books, the moms never think anyone is good enough and want to drive all girls away from their baby boy. The funny part is that Linda herself knew she was acting in the wrong a lot of times. She knew that she shouldn't act in certain ways yet she kept messing up. Therefore I couldn't chide her too much because she was acting in a realistic way.

However I was hoping that we would hear more from Carol as her dramatic turn around in the first book was never explained. Unfortunately, even though in this book she and Linda appear to be friends, she's still very bossy and demanding. I did not like the way she took advantage of Linda's friendship in order to meet her own needs. I do not like customers who behave in that way especially when they won't talk to boss and then try to bribe them to get their way. However the Revere family acts like a real life example, one that you would find down the street from you. They have their ups and downs, their joys and problems. It may sound cliche to say that through it all they stick together but they truly do, with realistic results. I am looking forward to another Linda Revere adventure. This family keeps me wanting to come back for more!

Out of Her Hands by Megan DiMaria is published by Tyndale (2008)

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