Ivy Schneider lives in this place, too, and she isn't at all happy about it. Her husband, Rusty, spends 10 months a year on the road singing in a gospel quartet, and her mom gets sicker every day, requiring increasingly more care and time. Ivy's dad took off years ago but still comes around for free meals. Her brother and sister are more than happy to let responsibility rest on Ivy's shoulders. Maybe she could handle it all if only her darling three-year-old terror, Trixie, would just "go" on the potty. Who will take care of Ivy while she takes care of the world? No one, it seems.
Then Ivy runs an ad in the paper to find folks like her: women of the "sandwich generation", squeezed between the demands of raising young children and caring for an aging parent. Soon, she and the other women of Club Sandwich are building uncommonly deep friendships, witnessing the reality that in fact no woman can be everything to everybody, and discovering firsthand that they can do more than they imagined possible with the help of each other and with a strong dose of faith.
©2005 Lisa Samson; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"Samson is one of the Christian fiction market's best novelists." (Publishers Weekly)
More the author than the book itself. In many ways it is over-committed, like Ivy, the protagonist. Lisa Samson has a wonderful knack of creating engaging characters who are Christians without being super-spiritual. But this book tends, like its heroine, to ramble on in a stream-of-consciousness style, taking on many themes and questions - some more successfully than others.
I have read her books in print, and like them immensely overall. This is not her best work, but tackles some important issues of faith and family.
Lisa Samson did not narrate this book; Barbara McCullough did. She is a good narrator, with the exception of her dialogue, which is hard to differentiate between characters.
I was quite disappointed with this book. It had many, too many, rabbit trails, making it difficult to figure out where the author was headed. On a positive note, the author seemed to create a painfully honest story.
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