Friday, April 8, 2011

Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith

From Amazon: Joan Sanderson's life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement. That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly Joan has a goal--to get a date. But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly with him and Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, maybe Joan can find her way out of this rut. Book 1 of the Sister-to-Sister series, Stuck in the Middle combines budding romance, spiritual searching, and a healthy dose of sibling rivalry.

The description for this one appealed to me because I love stories about sisters. I have no sisters just two brothers so those sister relationships just fascinate me! But the description ended up being better than the book. It started out alright, kind of your average Kindle freebie, not great but tolerable - the sisters seemed a little immature, the main character was a bit whiny, but I thought it was going to go somewhere. Instead, the doctor/love interest moved in next door and everything went sour. The sisters' behavior became bizarre as they pursued this doctor - they were alternately hateful and loving to each other and none of it seemed realistic. Then, rather abruptly, it seemed like all the dialogue turned to religion. I am a pretty big church-goer but even I had to start skimming once the author started getting really preachy. It wasn't that faith was part of the story, it was more like the story was just a ruse to talk about faith and not a very good ruse. This is the first in a series, I will know not to download any of the others, even if they are free!

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1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

Thanks for your review - I think I'll skip this one.