Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Violette Between

Violette Between by Alison Strobel is a gentle book about grief, healing, and the courage it takes to step back into life after loss. I love that the book shows two different characters' ways of coping with grief. In my experience, people can respond very differently to the death of a loved one, and this story conveys that with sensitivity and realism.

Even though the topic is meaty, there was plenty of whimsy in the story. One of my favorite moments came when Violette insisted on changing her shoes for a visit to a specific beach-front town. She had bought the shoes from a store there, and promised the shoes she would bring them back for visits, so they wouldn't regret leaving their home. As someone who worries about a sweater having hurt feelings if I haven't worn it for a while, I found a kindred spirit in Violette.

Be sure to check out the book and visit Alison's blog and her website.

My own novel continues to find more readers and collect more reviews and articles at various sites. This week, I invite you to visit Jeanette Hanscome's blog for her thoughts on The Secret Life of Becky Miller.

Each time I hear from a reader who was encouraged or blessed by the story, I get goosebumps all over again. It amazes me that God's grace can travel between the cover of a paperback book.

Sharon Hinck
author of The Secret Life of Becky Miller (Bethany House Publishing, 6/2006)
and Renovating Becky Miller (Bethany House Publishing, 2/2007)
and The Restorer (NavPress Publishing, 5/2007)

1 comment:

Alison Strobel Morrow said...

Hey Sharon! Thanks so much for your great post in support of Violette's blog tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story! (I feel bad for clothes when I don't wear them either--I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one!)