by Allison Bottke

June 2006
ISBN: 0-7642-0057-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Dee Decker has had quite a year. She’s landed a job as a fundraiser, which unfortunately alienated her husband, Lyle and when she discovers he’s retaliating by having an affair, she leaves him and files for divorce. She’s undergone gastric bypass surgery and has lost 150 pounds so she will look good in her new high-profile position, and not only that but her wardrobe is entirely designer now, including $700 a pair shoes! And she accepted Christ as her Savior.

At what could be the biggest fundraiser of Dee’s career everything starts falling apart. Her husband is there with his friends, and Dee’s daughter is there along with her married boyfriend’s wife. Sparks are flying and Dee ends up sick in the bathroom stalls unable to cope with the stress.

When Dee undergoes a tummy tuck not long after the fundraiser, her husband and kids accuse her of trying to fit in with the world of the rich and famous and having unrealistic expectations for the family. In turn, Dee says that she’s been enabling them and that the kids need to leave her alone. And for that matter, Lyle needs to sign the divorce papers he’s been given and get out of her life. But Lyle refuses to do that. What’s a woman to do?

A Stitch In Time is the first book I’ve had an opportunity to read by Allison Bottke, but I trust it won’t be the last. Dee is a realistically flawed woman who made me like her even though I didn’t want to. I still don’t understand why anyone needs $700 shoes though. Dee has a fun job that takes her out among the rich and famous. And except for acting like a total jerk around her kids and husband, she’s a pretty nice character.

The faith message is expertly woven in. I think with this book there was too much information about gastric bypass surgery and tummy tucks (totally unlike what you see on extreme makeover) but it only served to make Dee more real. Don’t miss A Stitch In Time .

Reviewed in June 2006 by Laura.

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