The second book out of my goal of thirty... done. In "Club Sandwich" author Lisa Samson gives us a narrative story about a woman who is finding herself stretched to the limit of her endurance. In the beginning we find her on the edge of bitterness as she is dealing with being a mom and holding down the home front while her husband is out touring with a gospel group for the past three years. In trying to be supportive of his career choice she struggles with feelings of abandonment. Now add to the mix a toddler who is a handful, a full time job at the family resteraunt, a pair of siblings who tend to take more than they give and a mother who suddenly starts to fall very ill. And being the personality she is Ivy takes it all upon herself to fix. There are also a few other personalities and issues that also land in Ivy's lap but I don't want to give it all away. Suffice it to say she is overwhelmed.
She is being sandwiched between caring for her family and caring for aging parents while holding down a job. She starts a gathering of other ladies who are going through the same thing for some support for herself. Hence the name Club Sandwich.
The author deals with some heavy duty issues and feelings as the the pressures keep piling on Ivy. While I went "oh my" at some of the reactions Ivy had to her situations, considering she was a Christian, they were very real temptations & reactions a person might go through in a similar situation. While the continuous piling up things happening and her taking on one thing after another may have been a bit extreme it added to my heart really being taken and feeling for this character. While not going through her situations, my heart really felt for the things she was facing as I put myself in her shoes.
The "Club" itself was not really developed alot. But I think if it had been done so it just would have been too much for the story. There was so much already going on. All in all, this story really drew me in and I enjoyed it because my heart became involved.
P.S. Thanks everyone for your comments on Friday's post. You had me smiling and chuckling all weekend with them. :v)