Thursday, 19 February 2009

On tour with Virginia Smith's Age Before Beauty

Desperate to stay home with her baby, Allie Harrod launches a new career. Sure, she dropped out of Girl Scouts because she was lousy at cookie sales, but makeup is different, right?

She'll do anything to make enough money to cover her share of the household bills, but how can she focus on her business when her list of problems is growing? None of her pre-baby clothes fit, her checking account is dwindling, and her mother-in-law has decided to move in! To top it off, her husband's attractive coworker suddenly needs his help every weekend.

Middle sister Joan insists that God has the answers to all her problems, but Allie isn't so sure. Can she really trust him?

My take:~

Virginia Smith writes with such authenticity about the struggles a young mum faces trying to balance her own expectations and those of others, that I was squirming in my seat. Having also experienced the gamut of emotions Allie faces as she juggles motherhood, work, her man and her mother in law, it is both fun and frightening to read! Age Before Beauty is an engaging story that also touches on the serious matters of body image, painful family historys and distrust in marriage. Both Allie and her husband Eric display imperfections that we see everyday in our own lives and their tentative journey towards faith is realistically penned. Virginia has provided another insightful instalment in her Sister~to~Sister series and the glimpses into Tori's story leave no doubt it is bound to be a doozy!

Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of Stuck in the Middle

Interview with Virginia

Visit Virginia's website and blog

Buy the books at Amazon or Koorong


CeeCee said...

This story made me squirm in places too.

Jenny said...

Now you and CeeCee have really got me interested in reading this one, Rel.

Hope all is well with you and yours. (hugs)

Virginia Smith said...

Thanks so much for the great review, and for participating in the blog tour for Age before Beauty. I'm glad you're enjoying the Sister-to-Sister series!

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