Friday, June 09, 2006

Allison Bottke's A Stitch in Time~Reviewed

A Stitch in Time
By Allison Bottke
Published by Bethany House
ISBN 0-7642-0057-7

Dee is out to prove that a middle-aged Christian woman can be Faithful, fashionable and fabulous. In the course of one year, Dee Decker has ad gastric bypass surgery and loses 150 pounds, separates from her husband, buys a whole new wardrobe, flourishes in her glamorous fundraiser job, and becomes a Christian. She's a new person inside and out, and her future looks bright. But then a job offer sends her life in a direction she hadn't expected. Her past and present are about to collide in a major way … and Dee didn't bring the right shoes!

I loved this book from page 1 to page 364. Bottke's characters are fun, dynamic and quirky, and you see them through Dee's eyes—warts and all. I didn't like Lyle Decker one bit. That's where Bottke displays her talent as a writer. This is an inspirational novel, right? We're supposed to want what God wants and that's for marriages to be healed. Well I didn't want that. The guy was a louse and I wanted Dee to ditch him. Bottke kept me so inside Dee's head, I felt like Dee, oblivious to her/my own faults. Everything she/I did was right.

And when the past collides with the present, Dee and I were both in for some eye-opening experiences. I won't give away the ending, but I can tell you A Stitch in Time receives a definite high recommendation from me. Bravo, Allison—give us more!

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

1 comment:

Cyndy Salzmann said...

I totally agree with your review Ane. This book is a winner -- and so is Allison as a novelist. Cna't wait to see what's next!