Author: Carre Armstrong Gardner
Paperback: 416 pages
Series: The Darlings (Book 2)
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 20, 2015)
Seraphina Darling has always struggled to stand out. With her weight issues at the forefront of her mind, Sephy prefers to place herself comfortably in the background. But when Sephy’s best friend and older brother announce their engagement, she vows to make a permanent change in her appearance and her life.
Meanwhile her younger sister, Amy, lands her dream job: coordinating the restoration of the community theater’s arts programs. As the deadline for the project’s completion approaches, Amy continues to run herself ragged, struggling to delegate and trust anyone but herself.
As the Darling sisters move through tragedy and triumph, between shadows and the limelight, each must find a path into the freedom of who God intended her to be.
Meet the Author:
Carre Armstrong Gardner writes from the big small town of Portland, Maine, where she’s the mom of 3 teenagers and 2 dogs she would rather not own. (Only the dogs, not the teenagers.) From 2007 to 2010, she and her family lived in Russia, studying the language and doing humanitarian work.
Like most writers, Carre grew up with her a book always in her hand. The heroines she admired most were smart, creative, independent thinkers like Anne Shirley, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames. Nancy proved that being a girl detective might just be the coolest career ever, but Cherry taught her that nursing was more practical. Carre compromised by becoming a nurse and marrying a sleuth.
Nearly every flat surface in Carre’s home has books on it. The stories she loves most are those about the ordinary lives of ordinary people; she thinks of every life as a fascinating drama. Isn’t each one of us the hero of our own story? She’d love for you to drop her a line and tell her yours!
Carre Armstrong Gardner does an excellent job in portraying a family and describing family dynamics in a normal family. They don’t always get along, sometimes they dislike each other, but, they always love each other. It is a realistic look into life as a family. Topics such as drug addiction, alcoholism, homosexuality, and smoking are in this book so, this book may be for mature audiences depending on how you feel about these topics. The plot was interesting, but it seemed to jump around. There just wasn’t enough information about Laura’s story and Amy’s story, however, I am certain that we will see more in the next book that comes out in the fall of 2015. This is an interesting book and you might enjoy it too!
I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.