Friday, February 18, 2011

Divine Appointments Review

Charlene Ann Baumbich did a wonderful job creating characters that I think people can relate to in her novel "Divine Appointments".

Approaching 50, Josie Brooks thinks she has it all. As a consultant for some big time corporations, she thinks she has the bull by the horns. She takes pride in the fact that she has grown into an “almost feminine” version of her father. But when her life takes some unexpected twists and turns, Josie starts to question herself. Is she where she wants to be? Does she want more from life? And what is the deal with that snow globe?

Although I am not quite as old as Josie (just turned the big 3-0!) I felt myself relating to Josie's 'what the heck am I doing with my life' struggle. I found myself reassessing my life, and questioning past and future decisions.

Personally, I could have done without the 'book in progress' ranting of one of the 'author in training' characters. I feel that the issues facing this character distracted from struggle going on within the main character of the novel, almost making Josie seem like the secondary story line instead of the primary character.

Still, I would recommend this title to anyone looking a novel that you can lounge around with on a Sunday afternoon in your PJ's. So grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite chair, and see what happens when Josie, Lyle, Marsh, and Barb (and a few others) deal with life, family and each other.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review