Desperate to stay home with her baby, Allie Harrod launches a new career. Sure, she dropped out of Girl Scouts because she was lousy at cookie sales, but makeup is different, right? She'll do anything to make enough money to cover her share of the household bills, but how can she focus on her business when her list of problems is growing? None of her pre-baby clothes fit, her checking account is dwindling, and her mother-in-law has decided to move in! To top it off, her husband's attractive coworker suddenly needs his help every weekend. Middle sister Joan insists that God has the answers to all her problems, but Allie isn't so sure. Can she really trust him?
Definitely a Beauty| Posted May 31, 2009
Allie Harrod has it all, a loving husband who is absolutely crazy about her and an absolutely lovely baby girl. Allie also has all the expectations she has thrown on herself of being not just a mom but a mom with a career. She is also less than content with the baby weight she has put on. She is also presented with the nightmare of her mother-in-law arriving for an extended stay.
When Allie realizes that she wants to be home with her daughter, she is presented with the opportunity to do direct sales (personally I was immediately thinking "OH NO!!!"). Allie throws herself into her business and finds that the very things she is working so hard to have are being negatively impacted by this new career.
The story is told with humor and love. I really enjoyed reading the repartee between Allie and her sisters. Alex has moments where she sees how lucky she is and then still gaffs things up. She has a husband who is crazy about her, but she gets a little focused on her failings rather than the love and blessings she has.
It is a Christian book, but its message of keeping God in the center of your life is delivered gently.
I, sadly, did not read the first book in the series, and am happy to report that it did not diminish the story in the slightest. I really want to get my hands on it now though and eagerly await the sequel. Virginia Smith does not disappoint. I have read several of her books now, and each has been not just an entertaining read but a read you learned from.