Thursday, April 7, 2011

Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Braumbich

I really loved this book.  It was such a new spin on the chick lit genre.  The main character, Josie was a lot unlikeable at first.  She seemed cold, harsh and alone.  I couldn't get her.  But then as the book unfolded, Josie opened up and the reader realized she longed to be a part of something just like everyone else.

The water symbolism through out the book was a great play on ideas.  God is often seen as quenching a thirst and an eternal spring.  It was weird to see this play out as a Christian looking in because I already knew what it was all about and Josie seemed to have no idea.

The relationships at Diamond Mutual were illustrated nicely.  You could feel the camaraderie.  Especially with Barb's interactions with Lyle, Marsha and some of the others. Barb was the opposite of Josie.  She had so many relationships and active encouragement you could see her life overflowing.  The firings hit home for me as I experienced a similar layoff while reading the book.  It is a very humiliating and dehumanizing experience.

I did not enjoy reading Marsha's fiction.  While I understand the logic for it's existence in the book, I found it to be very vindictive and vengeful.  It just wasn't my taste.

All in all I really loved the book and all the changes the characters made as they grew in their lives and careers.  I would highly recommend this book to a friend and in fact already have!

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