Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Divine Appointments - A Snowglobe Connections Novel
Author: Charlene Ann Baumbich
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Present day, Chicago
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Charlene's Website/Blog: www.charleneannbaumbich.com
This book really drives home the fact that you can never judge a book by its cover.
Josie Brooks is a forty-seven-year-old professional who is extremely good at her job; she takes on a new challenge every year or so from companies who hire her to "fix" their business. As an independent systems analyst, Josie shows up in a new city, buys a condo, and begins to "clean up" the "waste" that these companies are paying for. Included in this process is the list of people Josie must recommend that the company fire in order to turn a profit and get back on their feet. As she begins her new job in Chicago, Josie also begins the wonderful world of hot flashes; not only is she facing her change of life, but she also finds herself facing a complete change of heart.
Marsha Maggiano is a divorced woman who works for the company. She absolutely despises Josie, believing that she’s no more than a cold-hearted robot – a Hatchet Hand on high heels who wants nothing more than to fire her and her friends. Marsha’s children are all grown and out of the house, and she spends most of her evenings writing science fiction/fantasy novels that are truly hysterical.
Marsha’s best friend is Barb. Barb is the supervisor of the department and the most loved employee in the whole company. She is always an absolutely upbeat and positive person; a woman who makes all the other employees happy to come to work. Not only that, but the Vice President, Lyle Waters, also truly loves Barb; in fact, she was the one who trained him when he began his career. So…it comes as a huge shock to everyone when Barb’s name appears on Josie’s list as one of the employees that should be fired.
Soon Josie’s world is turned upside down. Not only does she have to deal with angry employee’s talking behind her back and the hot flashes that are taking over her daily life, but she also has to come to terms with the fact that her usually cold, professional heart seems to be melting every time she looks at Lyle Waters.
With every page comes a new storyline and a new way of thinking. Even when Josie is at her meanest, readers will still like her and root for her to change into the person she really wants to become. Not only are the characters wonderful, but when the author presents the story of a certain fair in Minnesota where Josie bought a strange snowglobe, you will immediately be wrapped up in this story until the very last page. Not to mention, the novel that the character Marsha is writing about her ex-husband, who’s now married to a bottle-blonde, is absolutely hysterical! My advice? Get this and the other Snowglobe book in the series titled, Stray Affections; make a pot of coffee; and, have an outstandingly enjoyable afternoon! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time, Amy
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