Friday, April 3, 2009

Katt's in the Cradle by Kolbaba and Scannell

I recently finished Katt’s in the Cradle, by Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannell. I found it to be a delightful and lighthearted read. There are two previous books in this series, Secrets from Lulu’s Café. I have not had the opportunity to read either of those, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying and understanding this one. This book follows the lives and friendship of four Pastor’s Wives. It certainly shows us that Pastor’s wives are real people too, with real problems, real issues and real joys. It also is wonderful at portraying very real and deep friendships without getting hung up on denominational differences.

The characters are entertaining and believable. The four PW’s secretly meet in a little out of the way diner, where they can talk and support each other freely, without fear of being overheard or interrupted by any of their church members. The story flows well and kept me interested throughout. It also reminded me of the importance of good friends and further, that we all need a safe harbor when the storms of life come. I would recommend it to anyone, but specifically to those of us who regularly attend or belong to a church – it just might help you to see your own Pastor’s wife differently, and more compassionately.


Katt’s in the Cradle
by Ginger Kolbaba and Christ Scannell

When you're in the trenches, sometimes you're up to your neck in mud. That's the not-so-glamorous life of a pastor's wife.

Felicia's family is...complicated. That's putting it nicely. Now they're flying in from LA -- all at once -- to stay with her...just when her brother-in-law, Javier, and Mama aren't even speaking to each other. And the whole church will be there to witness the feud.

Mimi has a lot on her mind with her four energetic kids -- especially Milo the screamer, with his Pavarotti voice. Then her live-in alcoholic dad starts to mow their lawn at midnight.

Lisa has her hands full with loudmouth Tom Graves and the other troublemakers at Red River Assembly. Then vicious rumors start to fly about the Barton family...and the attacks and threats get increasingly personal.

Jennifer is pushing her adopted daughter, Carys, in a stroller, when she notices a black town car -- the same car she's seen several times over the past week. Could someone be following her?

The PWs plunge into an unnerving mystery...and discover what "family" really means.

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