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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Nourish & Strengthen...Review

About the book:
Chloe Taylor has the perfect life: a model’s figure, a husband who adores her, three healthy children. So why does she feel so much less than perfect? 

After losing forty pounds, Chloe Taylor is finally happy with her body. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s not the one in control. When Chloe is called as the Primary president, she discovers that managing the highs and lows of a chronic illness may be easier than the ups and downs associated with family, friends, and church callings. Consumed by her own challenges, Chloe fails to recognize the issues her friends are facing and is in danger of losing their friendship. As Chloe strives to develop Christ-like love for herself and those around her, she learns that outer appearances are far less important than inner peace and spiritual strength. But is she strong enough to face her most difficult trial yet?

As challenges arise in Chloe Taylor's life, a diagnoses of diabetes is the last thing she needs.  But, as she comes to term with a new lifestyle in dealing with a chronic illness as well as her family and church responsibilities, Chloe also learns about her own strengths and weaknesses.  She learns that there is strength in family and friendship and service to those around her.

Diabetes is a very personal subject for the author and that is very apparent in the reading of this book.  At times I found myself bogged down with the details of diabetes and insulin and carbs/sugar, etc.  There was too much detail for me, but someone who deals with diabetes themselves will have an understanding and the potential to find solace in reading about another person's fictionalized experiences.

This is LDS Fiction and while there is a glossary of LDS terms for non-LDS readers, the book is really written for an LDS audience as we see all the quirks and extreme caricatures of an LDS ward.  Maria really captures the essence of the daily life of an LDS woman trying to do the right things and be the best person she can, even in the face of adversity and struggle.

I think it's a terrific debut novel from an author with potential.

I received a complimentary copy for review.  You can learn more about Maria Hoagland here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5

 

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