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Ivy Schneider's dreams are drowning under the responsibilities of kids, an ailing mom, self-centered siblings and a family restaurant on the ropes. But she could copeshe really couldif her husband Rusty stood beside her.
For three years, he's been touring with a gospel quartet, with stops home every few months. Until Ivy finds fellowship in a group of other women "sandwiched" between the demands of raising children and caring for aging parents, she doubts she'll survive with her sanitymuch less her faithintact.
Normally, Samson's books are a delight from start to finish, but slogging through the first chapters here is a chore. Ivy's bitterness overpowers any discernable plot. Fortunately, linear events emerge that offer the story definition, and a gradual mellowing in tone gives the main character appeal. The ending goes a long way toward redeeming the beginning. (Jun., 352 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed By: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Published: June 2005