As a Pastor’s kid, Kim has been told her whole life that God can see every mistake she makes. Now that she’s a college dropout, unemployed and in a questionable relationship with a party guy, her mistakes are all the more obvious. (Especially to her demanding mother, who, apparently, thinks wearing jeans on a commercial flight is a sin.)
If only she could move away! Then she could hide from gossip and no one would see her mess up!
Kim can’t move to Dallas unless she saves her money, so she swallows her pride and heads back to her childhood church to reluctantly serve as her father’s secretary. Her mother makes it clear: Kim better get her act together!
Not only is the church watching her, but Kim is also bothered by her theme obsessed mother; a creepy mortician who wants to court her; a sad, but good-looking music minister (whom she may or may not have been kissing) and her childhood friend, Eddie, who, as a lawyer, has an inexplicable interest in lawn care. Even if God was in her childhood church, Kim would be too busy and discouraged to find him.
Then her father is caught in a scandal — one that challenges her already shaky faith and her dysfunctional family. She has to choose: will she run away from critical eyes to Dallas as quickly as her car can take her? Will she be as critical and condemning as her own family has been to her? Or will she take her brother’s advice and believe, for the first time in her life, that God’s grace is as big as the Oklahoma sky?
This is the third Katharine Grubb novel I’ve read so far, so I had a good idea of what I could expect–biting, witty social commentary that will make you laugh out loud and have a good cry, all while warming your heart.
This book reminds me a little of Pride and Prejudice, if Pride and Prejudicewere set in the modern-day Tulsa suburbs. There’s a Mr. Collins, a Wickham, and of course, a Darcy to satisfy your Austenite heart, but there’s much more to it than that. Christian readers like me who tend to shy away from Christian fiction because of its tendency to gloss over human nature and idolize certain aspects of the Christian life will find this book refreshing for its honesty, which somehow manages to be simultaneously brutal and filled with grace.
As always when dealing with a Grubb novel, the characters are so real, you half expect to run into them at the store. They’re all unique, relatable, and so delightfully flawed. Have Kleenex ready when you reach the end! You’ll need it.
Recommended for everyone, but especially those raised in the Christian church. (Note: must be able to laugh at yourself.)
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.