Monday, August 18, 2008

A Well-Behaved Woman's Life by Susan McGeown

Pages: 219

Published by: Faith Inspired Books

From the Back of the Book:
What do you do when you discover that your entire adult life has been a lie? What do you do when you realize that all the things that you believed in and trusted in were nothing but illusions painted with deceit and framed in your own stupidity?
At fifty-two, the only fact that she is certain of is that her life is just about over. Standing, looking in the mirror, the ravages of time and The Truth have turned her into a bitter, lonely, hateful, spiteful old woman. The peaceful, proper, well-behaved existence that has defined her entire life has gotten her absolutely nothing except an ocean of tears and a lifetime filled with regrets.
However, despite her best intentions, the painful act of existing continues to intrude on the numbing grayness she prefers to call her life. There is her persistent minister, her outspoken cleaning lady, her loving children, and one tenacious man who can’t seem to take a hint. Whether she likes it or not, Bee must gradually begin to face the fact that perhaps God has not quite finished with her…yet.
Could it be that the possibility of love and happiness and dreams-come-true still might be something that could happen to her? Could it?
A Well Behaved Woman’s Life is a story that reminds us that even in our darkest times, God has anticipated our needs. This is a story that carries the reassurance that anything is possible and it is never too late ~ even for love, dreams, laughter, and happiness.

I have to say, I almost set this book aside after the first chapter. The coarse-language in a supposedly “Christian” book was a bit offensive to me. I was also pretty turned off by the discussion of the main character’s pubic hair!

Luckily, though, I set aside my discomfort and pushed through, determined to at least give the book a 50-page chance like all the others I read.

The Bible “lessons” taught by Bee’s pastor, Pastor Duncan, each Sunday, were what kept me reading. They were very powerful and quite a few of them spoke to issues in my own life. I also enjoyed the relationship between Bee and Peter.

There were quite a few spelling and grammatical mistakes throughout the book. It could’ve used a better editor. For example, in at least two different places, the word “loose” was used instead of “lose”.

Overall, though, it was a cute story of a woman ~ a widow ~ who learns to move on and to love again, despite her bitterness and past hurts.

Rated: B-

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