Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cool Review

I was thrilled to see Searching for Spice on the Faithful Reader site.

Go here to enter their contest to win a copy of the book.

Here are excerpts from the review they gave Searching for Spice:

Can Christian marriage in mid-life have (gasp!) passion? In SEARCHING FOR SPICE, Megan DiMaria’s debut novel, a middle-aged mother longs for a hot romance with…her husband. As the story unfolds, readers are invited to think deeply about what a true “passionate” relationship might be. Hint: It’s not just candles, lingerie and public smooches.

Readers may feel a jolt when the lighthearted first half of the novel takes a darker turn in the second --- a surprise for readers who presumed it was lightweight mom-lit. When teen daughter Emma makes a tragic mistake, it impacts Linda and Jerry’s relationship --- and threatens to change the family’s lives forever. How will their marriage fare under this kind of stress? DiMaria shows the tension that occurs between spouses trying to keep it all together under difficult circumstances. Jerry, who looked a little clueless in the first half, becomes the strong support spouse in the second.

I appreciated some of the plot twists, especially the diabolical Carol’s role in Linda’s life in the closing pages. Any parent of a teen will identify with the chaos one bad decision can bring and sympathize with Linda’s family’s plight. The ending is satisfying and redemptive.

DiMaria drives home her point in an enjoyable way: the value of a spouse who stands by his family during the rocky times as well as the easy moments, and whose steady faith and solid parenting mean more than glittering jewelry or lavish gestures. Food for thought the next time you finish a Harlequin romance and wonder what might have been.

Go here to view the entire review.


Robbie Iobst said...

What a great review, Megan! I agree with it wholeheartedly. Looking forward to hearing you speak tomorrow night.

D. Gudger said...

SFS sighting! It's on the shelf at B&N on Wadsworth and Bowles. I did a sneaky thing and made your book face out :P

Ruthie said...

Good review and I also agree with it!
I really enjoyed your talk at the writer's meeting!
Let me know if you have a book signing at Southlands so I can be there.

Jan Parrish said...

I'm so excited to see your book hitting it big-time. What an inspiration your story is - Searching for Spice and your journey to publication.