Wednesday, October 07, 2009

REVIEW: Turning the Paige by Laura Jensen Walker

Laura Jensen Walker has awakened her characters from “Daring Chloe” in the second novel of The Getaway Girls series entitled “Turning The Paige”. I was convinced that Walker wouldn’t be able to top the opening of Chloe’s story where she is dumped the morning of her wedding by text message. But this book begins just as dramatically. The author has once again made me love the idea of starting a book group similar to the group of ladies in these novels.

In Paige’s story, her marriage crumbles for several reasons, the least of which is certainly not her overbearing and demanding mother. But Paige’s sense of duty to care for her mom is a beautiful picture of how we Christians should care for our aging loved ones. There were times early in the book that I wanted Paige to let her mom have it by being honest with her about how she didn’t appreciate her mom’s guilt trips and manipulation. Paige taught me so much about how to treat my own mom.

But the best part of this book is the different aspects of love that are portrayed. First, between mother and daughter. Then, between girlfriends. Finally, between man and woman. Plus, the inspiration that plays out within the book club to organize events to enhance the reading of their chosen read gets my creative juices flowing. And I love visiting other countries with these gals! This is absolutely pure and wholesome literary entertainment.

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