Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Virginia Smith's Stuck in the Middle ~ Reviewed

Stuck in the Middle
By Virginia Smith
Published by Revell
ISBN 978-0-8007-3232-5

Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family, and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is stuck at home with mom and her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement—or romance.

When a hunky young doctor moves in next door, Joan sets out to catch his eye. But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly, and Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, Joan begins to find her way out of this rut and into the life she's been hiding from.


This is a delightful look at relationships between three generations of women living in a small town. Poor Joan is the classic middle child with an inferiority complex. Not pretty like Tori, she believes she can't compete. How she finds her own worth and a deeper faith is worth the read and satisfying. Stuck in the Middle gets a high recommendation.

Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan

Bonus Review:

As a woman without the benefit of sisters, some of Stuck in the Middle was almost a foreign language to me. It did make me both relieved and more than a little sad that I don't have a woman or two in my life who helped shape me from birth.

Smith does an excellent job in making the birth order, sister love/angst big as life. I enjoyed spending time with the sisters when they clicked and not so much when they didn't, which is very similar to the way I feel around real sister units.

Joan, the middle daughter, was the focus in the novel. I found myself almost wanting to protect her from the circumstances in the story.

If you like characters that step off the pages, or kind men, or dogs, you'll probably enjoy Stuck in the Middle as much as I did. Of course, if you have a sister or two, you should probably check into "Stuck." Twenty-somethings who are looking for a ministry fit might find some common sense guidance within "Stuck." The spiritual themes were not overbearing and were realistic.

Overall a pleasant, fun and poignant read.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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