Thursday, October 19, 2006

Like Dandelion Dust

I think Thursday is my new favorite day of the week. Mia goes to school, and I go to work (except today, I played hookey). Then we go to the library and pick up any movies that have come in for us, and Mia gets to pick out a puppet and a few books. Then it's home for lunch (chicken & cheese nuggets) while we watch one of the movies together. She's always so excited to tell me about her day and show me what she made at school. It's always easier to appreciate each other when we've spent some time apart.

I ran this review back in August, but the CFBA is running a blog tour of the book this week, so here's a recap of my review.

Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury is a fabulously written story. Jack and Molly Campbell have the perfect life with their adopted son Joey. Until Joey's biological father Rip decides he wants his son back, and the courts agree with him. How far will Jack and Molly go to protect their son from his abusive father? I hadn't read anything by Kingsbury before, and I now sincerely regret that decision. She knows how to craft a story filled with emotion and drama without going into melodrama or stereotypical characters. Her descriptions of characters' actions make each scene come alive in a way few authors can. I was moved to tears at least twice during the book. And while the book has a Christian message, it's never pounded down the reader's throat, but the way God affects each person by the end of the story is profound. This is a deep emotional novel with the message that God is in control, and we need to have the faith of a child to trust him.

I'm currently reading David McCullough's biography of John Adams. There aren't too many biographies that are interesting enough to make me stay up until 1 am unable to put it down, but McCullough has done just that. I'm also working my way through Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies. I'm not sure yet whether I like it or not.