I met Marybeth Whalen many moons ago on my very first blogger press trip — to Disney World, of all places! She and I made fast friends, and we have kept in touch occasionally ever since.
I learned that her dream was to be a fiction author, and after many years of hard work, she has now published two works of fiction and has another one under way.
I downloaded her latest book, She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel, to my Kindle and read it on my way to San Diego a few weeks ago.
It is the story of a woman who moves into her dream home in a new neighborhood. She makes fast friends with a neighbor whose life seems to be the picture of perfection, and she soon gets caught up in keeping up with the Joneses. She learns, however, that sometimes things aren’t as perfect as they seem and finds that she has everything she ever wanted right under her nose.
I was hooked from the first page. Marybeth has a comfortable writing style, and the dialogues are believable. What I particularly like about this book is how relatable it is. I think almost any woman can relate to at least one of the two main characters in the story. Both have flaws but also redeeming characteristics that make you feel like you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
The book also addresses the culture of Christianity that exists particularly in the South. Religion plays into the storyline but doesn’t monopolize it and isn’t off-putting like some Christian novels that I’ve read. Rather, you sense a real struggle for each character as to how to apply her faith (or lack thereof) to her situation.
I highly recommend She Makes It Look Easy for a light summer read.
** I’m looking for another book to read while I’m on vacation. I’m open to suggestions! **
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