Title: A Scattered Life
Author: Karen McQuestion
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Received: From Publisher
Release Date: August 2010
A young girl finds a man she can love and marry. With him comes a controlling mother-in-law who refuses to let her sons grow up into men and stand on their own. Skyla only has her husband until a new neighbor moves in that doesn’t quiet meet the standards of her husband or his family, but she doesn’t care. She’s found a friend who can teach her to be herself and have some fun in life. Everything goes into a chaotic whirlwind when Skyla does the worst thing in her family’s eyes by taking a job. As she discovers herself others struggle with losing control of her. Along the way, everyone learns lessons that will draw them all together.
This is a slower paced book that is easy to put down if you need to, but you’ll want to keep reading to discover what is happening. It’s not a sit on the edge of your seat kind, but it is not a boring pace either.
The storyline is common in there is a strained relationship between the mother and daughter-in-law. Most of it stems from the mother-in-laws controlling nature, but as the story progresses the daughter-in-law discovers that she has to show mercy and welcome the changes that eventually do come from her husband’s mother. It is not a story of the age old clash of these roles but more of a story of growth, mercy, and love.
The characters were unique but also very relatable. As the writer takes us into the minds of both of the main women, we can see where they are coming from even if their actions were wrong. Plus, we either have felt the same way or know someone who acts the same. Anyone who has a mother or daughter-in-law would be able to connect with the characters. They are not too perfect or all bad.
This story is slow to start but that goes with the genre. I found it to be a very enjoyable read that had me bawling as I went along. If you are one to cry, get the tissues. It is a great read that I highly recommend.
Note: I received this book from a colleague with no expectation of a positive review.
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