I think one of the reasons that The Help is so popular is that it reminds many of us of our childhoods, especially those of us who grew up in the South. When I was reading it, I remembered some of the people in my hometown who acted just like the main characters. I also recalled statements made similar to the ones in the book. If you missed my review, you can go back and read it. It is one of my favorite reads of the year.
So when I began to read This Fine Life, I had the same thoughts of my growing up years. Just like in The Help, this book gave a great sense of what it was like to live in the South in the 60's. I love how Ms. Everson painted such a realistic picture of the life of a new pastor and his wife. I could feel along with the main character, Mariette, the stares and the disapproving attitudes of the people of the small town where they lived. I also cheered when her husband, Thayne, did what he did in the last chapters of the book.
Although this book made me smile as well as cry, it is not just an emotional story. It is a story of growth in relationships, and a story of sweet marital romance. One of the best things about the book is that it depicted well the sober reality of how sin affects us, and how God enables us to gain victory over our sins as well as the sins of others.
I plan on keeping this book to share with my friends and family. And I encourage you to get a copy and experience for yourself This Fine Life.
Available May 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
(This book was sent to me by Revell for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)