Sunday, June 12, 2011

In Front of God and Everybody!

If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer!

Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny-especiallyif you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandmajust discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone's patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you'll laugh ‘til you cry as you read the Confessions of April Grace!

Here are just a couple of April's thoughts: On her sister, Myra Sue: "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me." On senior citizen lovebirds: "What if they started smooching right at the table in front of God and everybody?"

In spite of all the loony characters in her life, April Grace is able tolearn from her parents as they share the love of God-to even the craziest of characters!

My thoughts:
What a totally delightful book! This is the story of 11 year old April Grace who lives with her parents and older sister on a farm in the Ozarks.
Grace has new neighbors from California whom she is suspicious of. Not to mention her grandmother's new beau! So Grace plays detective in this hilarious and entertaining book.
April learns a lot about life in her experiences... from watching what she says to doing unto others... the grandmother is a someone you would love to know!

On the flip side, the Reilly family is supposedly religious but there was very little of their spiritual lives mentioned. Also stereotyping wasn't addressed in a positive way. I want my daughter to read Christian fiction but this left me disappointed.
I give "In Front of God and Everybody" 4 stars.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

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