Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Out of Her Hands" Book Review


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Out Of Her Hands

Tyndale House Publishers (September 22, 2008)

by

Megan DiMaria

MY REVIEW:
I was able to read
"Searching For Spice", Megan's first novel, and then "Out of Her Hands", the sequel, back to back this week. I was entertained the entire time. I had been looking forward to "Searching For Spice" because the tag line is something like... After being married for 25 years, Linda wants to have an affair - with her husband! I love the premise and so I jumped in with both feet. We meet Linda, her husband Jerry and her two kids, Nick and Emma as Linda is disenchanted with the lack of romance in her life. So she starts cooking up ways to stir things up - with her husband. Life starts getting in the way and there are some twists and turns, the humor and incidents are wonderful and I really enjoyed this book.

I was so happy that I could dive right into Out of Her Hands and it certainly didn't disappoint! We jump ahead a little in the time line (I think it mentions 2 years in the book) and now we find Nick in his last year of college and Emma in her last year of high school. Linda thinks everything is going great until she realizes that Nick is sneaking around with a girl because he doesn't think she'll approve. He couldn't be more right. This is an excellent book on how sometimes we just have to let go and let God and have faith that He'll work it all out.

I am very impressed by Megan's books and I am really hoping there will be a 3rd in the series!

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

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