Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: A Bigger Life
Author: Annette Smith
Release Date: December 2006
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Inspriational Romance
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Annette's Website: www.annettesmithbooks.com
Joel Carpenter is a newly divorced man who has visitation with his son. Joel had never anticipated living this kind of life but it is the life he currently has and has to figure out. Thankfully, he isnít alone in the process of discovery. Joel has several friends who are in similar situations so they get together for a regular barbeque. They bring all of the kids and let them play while they talk. Each of them is in a different place when it comes to dealing with their divorce and where they are in the process of moving on.
Joel has a lot of regrets and wishes but that doesnít change today. He loves his son, Colton, and for the most part is still in love with his ex, Kari. Kari, however, has moved on with her life. They were high school sweethearts who later married. They discovered at an early age that things donít really come easy. You have to fight for it. In fact, Kari wanted more out of life so she went back to school for nursing. Now, she is a nurse in town with a career she loves and has even begun dating again. Joel canít figure out exactly where he wants to be.
Then the day comes that Kari becomes ill. She has cancer and between the two of them they have to figure out how to take care of Colton and in the process they begin to discover how to take care of themselves and each other.
Annette Smith wrote A Bigger Life from a very interesting perspective Ė from a manís point of view. I am not sure I would have been courageous enough to do that but Annette was and did it very well. She took a real look at the pain that Joel is going through and yet how God was able to work in his life, as well as Kari and Coltonís lives, to come up with something that worked for all of themóindividually and together. Joel has to face challenges most of us would never dream of but his faith is very apparent as he struggles up the side of each mountain.
Her writing style is very fluid as each scene change and conversation flows into the next. Very well done in a way that keeps it authentic and quite touching. And while you might think it was all dramatic; donít worry there were some touches of humor along the way.
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