She Makes It Look Easy by Marybeth Whalen

What a great novel. This is one of those tales that will make you think about the subject long after you've read the last page. The characters are so well developed you'll be pondering how to solve their problems, and you might even want to pray for them. The story is real because everyone has been faced with temptations, it's what we do with them that counts.

Excellent writing, excellent character development, and excellent story/plot development. There's a small twist at the end you don't see coming so the end is very satisfying, too.

You all know how much I hate flipping from one character POV to another, but Whalen does this so well, the reader is never jarred. The reader isn't ripped from one time period to another, or from one familiar character to a stranger where we have to start all over learning characters and personalities never knowing if it is worth it. There are no tricky mechanizations which gives a false flow toward one conclusion then gives you whiplash taking you down another path just for the jarring ride.  

The story is about women, for women, but it wouldn't hurt a husband or two to read it. The husband just might learn something.

This is a very worthy 5 Star novel.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
She Makes It Look Easy
David C. Cook (June 1, 2011)
Marybeth Whalen


Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries writing team and a regular contributor to their daily devotions. Her first novel,The Mailbox was released in June 2010. Her next novel, She Makes It Look Easy, will be released in June 2011. Additionally, she serves as director of She Reads, Proverbs 31 Ministries' fiction division.


Ariel Baxter has just moved into the neighborhood of her dreams. The chaos of domestic life and the loneliness of motherhood, however, moved with her. Then she meets her neighbor, Justine Miller. Justine ushers Ariel into a world of clutter-free houses, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood play dates, and organization techniques designed to make marriage better and parenting manageable.

Soon Ariel realizes there is hope for peace, friendship, and clean kitchen counters. But when rumors start to circulate about Justine’s real home life, Ariel must choose whether to believe the best about the friend she admires or consider the possibility that “perfection” isn’t always what it seems to be.

If you would like to read an excerpt of She Makes It Look Easy, go HERE.

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