For at least the past two years I’ve been meaning to start reading fiction. I very rarely ever make time for a good fiction novel. I don’t know how it happened exactly, I just looked back one day, likely after being asked what my favorite book is, and realized I only read practical how-to, or religious/spiritual/metaphysical books. It’s not that I particularly dislike fiction, It’s only that there are so many hours in a day. None of which I apparently can spare for a good make believe story.
Yesterday, I had to pick up writing paper for Fox’s cursive homework. I went to Mardel because they always have the the exact paper I need. While I was there I remembered that they have a Christian fiction section and maybe I should just take a peek. As I stood looking at the titles; it dawned on me that I don’t know how to go about selecting a book that tells a story. Do I search the internet for recommendations? Join Reece’s book club? Look for a best seller?
I’m here to say I judged a book by its cover. I saw a book with cover art that caught my eye and read the back cover and decided it was the perfect first fiction of 2023. I didn’t actually buy that copy. It had a huge bend in the cover, but Mark ordered a copy for me today and by tomorrow night I should have it in hand. I selected Bless Your Heart by Rae Sutton. Following is the synopsis as found on Church Source.
“Sometimes what your life is missing is an eccentric group of older ladies to take you under their wing…
When Rae Sutton’s mama passes away and leaves her the house where she grew up, Rae can’t imagine how the little old place might restore her broken life. Mourning the recent loss of her marriage, she takes the house and settles back into her tiny hometown with her fourteen-year-old daughter, Molly Margaret, and their overweight dog.
There she’s embraced by her mother’s close-knit circle of friends, the Third Thursday ladies. Though almost half their age and far less confident of positive outcomes, Rae joins their ministry-slash-book-club-slash-gossip circle and allows the women to speak wry honesty and witty humor into her tired heart. As a new career and a new romance bring their own complications, Rae relies on the unlikely family she’s found and begins to wonder if her future holds more hope than she ever could have imagined.”
It sounds good, right!? I don’t predict much rhyme or reason in how I’ll choose books, but I’m looking forward to taking a deep dive into the world of fiction.
Have a great week!