Book Reviews

Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury

  • Title: Between Sundays
  • Author: Karen Kingsbury
  • Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
  • Pages: 298
  • Published: November 3, 2007 by Zondervan
  • Themes: Family, Faith, American Football, Second Chances, Foster Children

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Synopsis

Aaron Hill has it all—athletic good looks and the many privileges of a star quarterback. His Sundays are spent playing NFL football in front of a televised audience of millions. But Aaron’s about to receive an unexpected handoff, one that will give him a whole new view of his self-centered life.Derrick Anderson is a family man who volunteers his time with foster kids while sustaining a long career as a pro football player. But now he’s looking for a miracle. He must act as team mentor while still striving for the one thing that matters most this season—keeping a promise he made years ago.Megan Gunn works two jobs and spends her spare time helping at the youth center. Much of what she does, she does for the one boy for whom she is everything—a foster child whose dying mother left him in Megan’s care. Now she wants to adopt him, but one obstacle stands in the way. Her foster son, Cory, is convinced that 49ers quarterback Aaron Hill is his father.Two men and the game they love. A woman with a heart for the lonely and lost, and a boy who believes the impossible. Thrown together in a season of self-discovery, they’re about to learn lessons in character and grace, love and sacrifice.Because in the end life isn’t defined by what takes place on the first day of the week, but how we live it between Sundays.


My Review

Karen Kingsbury did not disappoint with this book. The two characters of Aaron Hill and Derrick Anderson were so well written. They could almost walk – or I guess I should say – throw a ball off the pages off the book. I loved that she used a real football team to place her players in rather than making one up. It makes everything seem so much more believable.

The book brings focus on to foster care. There’s even an Author’s Note and a Forward from NFL 49ers quarterback Adam Smith about how this topic became the focus of the book. Smith even has a charity with a focus on foster care – Alex Smith Foundation. Meeting Smith at a game was how Kingsbury got the idea for her book.

Anyway, the story evolved very nicely. There was some things I thought took awhile. Like Aaron and his agent. It took him a long time to see the creep for real.

The story is told through third person POV but throughout the book it switches between Aaron, Derick, Megan and Cory.

Definitely another lovely Kingsbury read. Have you read any of her books? Which ones?

Book Reviews

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 

ECPA Christian Book Award, Fiction 2007


Synopsis

In a small town square of a sleepy Georgia town, seven-year-old Annie sits at her lemonade stand, raising money for her own heart transplant. At a nearby store, Reese flips through the newspaper, thinking about the latest boat he’s restoring.

As a beat-up bread truck careens around the corner, a strong wind blows Annie’s money into the road. Reese looks up in time to see Annie’s yellow dress fluttering in the wind as she runs into the road. What happens next will change both of their lives forever.


My Review

To say your life will change when you read this book is putting it lightly. You will laugh. You will cry. You will need to put down the book at times and walk away because you’ll need to get a hold of all of your crazy emotions. This book will grip your very soul.

One detail about this book is the compelling way it shows relationships between a doctor and when someone they care for is sick. Obviously this can become super difficult for those in the medical field and even more difficult if they feel like they can’t save those they love.

It was written in first person with the voice of Reese. He starts out as a recluse. With a tragic past that is slowly revealed throughout the story.

Annie is a sweet little girl who has been hit with so many tough situations in her young life that your heart can’t help but break for her. But she is the such a positive, happy, and enchanting child. She has the whole town pulling for her!

There is also Charlie who always tells it like it is. Cindy who does everything she possibly can for Annie. And of course the rest of the town, hospital staff, and cast of characters who – by the end of the book you feel as if they are your own friends and neighbors.

This was a book that when it was done I wanted there to be more. I actually finished it a couple of months ago and it is still sticking with me. It really was that good. Let me know if you’ve read this book or any others by Charles Martin. I’d love to find out what you think.