Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sincerely Mayla by Virginia Smith

About the book: Kregel Publications is pleased to announce the release of SINCERELY,
MAYLA: A NOVEL by Virginia Smith. In this heartwarming sequel to JUST AS I
AM, Mayla Strong’s life is finally starting to seem normal. She has been
working at the same job for four years, living with a good friend, and
enjoying a deep relationship with God. But when Mayla is suddenly laid off
from her job, the placid surface of her life is shattered. Taking
advantage of her newfound “vacation time,” Mayla flees to her
grandmother’s house in Florida. But one by one, her problems follow . . .

My Review: I enjoyed Just As I Am, and figured I would enjoy this follow-up as well. Boy, did I! This book is an exquisite piece of Christian chick lit with snappy dialogue, a completely loveable and real heroine, and a host of alternately amusing and touching events that take place. It reminds of exactly what this genre can be and sort of makes me want to dive into a pile of chick lit for the next month. :)

Mayla is just so real. It's so easy to identify with her, she is not a fashion princess, she doesn't always say or do the right thing, but her heart is in the right place. I blew through the book and am hoping hoping that we will get a third. The ending was satisfying, but there is just so much more story that can be explored with all of the delightful and well defined characters in this book.

These are the first books I've read by Virginia Smith but they won't be the last! I already own Stuck in the Middle and plan to hunt down everything else she has written. If you love well written chick lit, I think you will love this book!

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