About the Book: Can Tori balance career, family, love, and shopping? Tori Sanderson has the professional opportunity of a lifetime. If she can prove she's executive material, she's in line for a big promotion. But there's only room for one new account executive, and her co-worker has his eye on the job . . . and on Tori. How can she consider romance when she couldn't hold on to the one man who was supposed to love her forever--her own father? The time has come for answers, and Tori decides to search for the father who deserted her twelve years ago. Will she find the answers she craves? And will she ever be able to love again? "Sometimes tender, sometimes lighthearted, Third Time's a Charm has it all. Ginny always wins me over with her humor, but this time she captivated me with her depth. Highly recommended!"--Janice Thompson, author of Fools Rush In "An irresistible story of pain, discovery, and triumph that has all the elements of a wonderful love story."--Maggie Brendan, author of No Place for a Lady and The Jewel of His Heart Virginia Smith is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Age before Beauty and Stuck in the Middle, which was a finalist for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. In 2008 she was named Writer of the Year at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Learn more about Ginny and her books at www.VirginiaSmith.org.
My Thoughts: This is light, entertaining fluffy Christian chick-lit at it best. The main character wears $300 jeans to visit a pig farm and ends up covered in pig feces. A couple of kids ruin her designer silk blouse and replace it with one the same color (except the one they bought cost a fraction of what hers did). Tori is the youngest of three sisters; one is happily married, one is engaged, and they are sure she needs to be. She'd like a guy, but doesn't have time for one, since she is working all the time, for a boss who has no life.
Her sister's upcoming wedding will mean even more changes; the family home is being put on the market. While going through the attic, Tori finds photos of her dad, who abandoned the family when she was young. Looking for him is a minor subplot.
It is a Christian novel, which in this case means she met Mr. Wonderful at church, and we get to sit through a Sunday School lesson. Also, Tori doesn't like her brother-in-law-to-be because she thinks he is too much of a religious fanatic who has turned her whole family (except her) into religious fanatics. Mr. Wonderful likes him, and explains to her that Ken's faith is genuine, not something he puts on for a few hours on Sunday. Tori decides a person of faith is a better associate than one without.
Despite a couple of possibly serious subplots, on the whole this book remains light and fluffy, or maybe I was just in a light mood and didn't contemplate this novel enough--but when I blow through a 327 page book in 2 and a half hours, there wasn't much contemplation involved. Grade: B
I'd like to thank Christian Review of Books and Kathy Carlton Willis Communications for providing a complimentary review copy of this book. I reviewed Book One of his series here.