Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich is the second book in the Snow Globe Connections series.
Josie Brooks is not interested in disruption. Everything in her life is organized, minimal, and efficient. A successful business consultant in Chicago with a type-A personality, she ruthlessly identifies and slashes any source of economic wastefulness with complete disregard for the employees themselves. Soon, everyone at Diamond Mutual calls her "The Dragon" as she orders the termination of decent, hardworking people for the sake of profit. Josie's rigid life, however, mysteriously begins to unravel when a strangely alluring snow globe appears at her apartment. Soon afterward, Josie is forced to confront her own flaws and fears, beginning an emotional journey toward love, friendship, mourning, and new beginnings.
This book is very well written with rich characters that make you feel like you would want to know them in real life. This story is relevant to today because it works around a company that is downsizing. The common blight of joblessness, stress and depression facing the characters in the book mirror life as many Americans know right now.
The hope and encouragement lifting the characters in the book extend to the reader.
Highly recommended - and if you haven't read the first book in the series - Stray Affections - pick that one up too.
My copy of Divine Appointments was graciously provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for my hones review.