Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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The short stories that make up Living in the Pink are loosely but well intertwined glimpses into several different people’s life challenges, most of them being church folks, the thread mainly held together by the rather maternal figure Laura Pinkston: Sister Pinky.
Author Sharon Tubbs hasn’t weaved together a tidy set of happily-ever-afters but thought-provoking vignettes on a number of themes from interracial dating to all manner of family and church dynamics, stories that are realistic and that convey a sense of hope–faint hope, at times, but hope overall. Joy’s tale of returning home and Destiny’s tale of neglected dreams are my favorites, and Sister Pinky’s character rounds out convincingly as the author uncovers both Pinky’s strengths and weaknesses through other characters’ plights as well as her own.
I’d never read a fiction work with this book’s setup before; the reflection questions listed at the end of each chapter made it something like a workbook, and, therefore, I didn’t pause to go over the questions in between, as it’s my preference not to be pulled out of a story before it’s over. Also, the narration throughout the book had a way of slipping from past tense to present tense and back, making the reading a bit awkward at points.
But, again, Living in the Pink is a thought-provoking and ultimately inspiring work that would encourage me to read more from this author in the future.