Emily Randal is a free-spirited, green tea drinking hippie chick, artist. Only one problem…she’s also the pastor’s wife living in a fish bowl. The only place she feels she can be herself is at the nursing home, where she visits kindred spirit, Rose Ross.
As Emily and her husband sink deep in turmoil at the church, Rose brings comfort, wisdom and hope in stories of a pastor’s wife from the past. But can she trust Rose with her deepest struggles?
With the pressure of the church problems along with infertility issues, Emily’s world is caving in. She struggles to support her husband and stand up to opposition both seen and unseen.
Her marriage, her dreams and even her faith in God is about to go under water. She must find the strength to overcome.
“Tonight Dean is confronting Shawn. He’s danced around it…when he’s tried before, it ends with Shawn going into a tirade. Anyway, I wanted you to know so you could pray. I’m afraid for him.”
Sandy was silent for a moment. “I so just want this to be over. This needs to stop. He needs to stop.”
“It’s getting very old…and wearing.”
Sandy whistled. “Ahhh….Life in the fish bowl. You got your chocolate?”
Emily looked at the piece in her hand and laughed. “Check.”
“You know me so well.”
Posted by Carol McClain on 29th Dec 2016
Emily Randal is a painter with an artist's flair--flowing, fringed clothes, green tea and working at a health food store. She's a character you'd expect to find getting into free-wheeling trouble--except she's a pastor's wife with a love for the lost and hurting. Among those hurting are her husband and herself as their church faces a nasty split.
Johnson creates endearing characters such as Emily and nursing home residents Rose Ross and Canary and the receptionist Carla. The reader will find herself rooting for each as they face the harsh reality of living in a fallen world.
I wanted to curl up by the fire and rollick with this book. Unfortunately, for me, Johnson missed the potential by being too narrative in her writing style. It kept me distanced from the characters.
I wish reviews would allow half-stars. Three stars seem too low, but the book missed out on the four star because I, at times, became frustrated with it.
This author shows a talent that, over time, will develop and her work will be eagerly awaited.
A copy of this book was provided for an honest review.