I didn't think that I would, but when I read the first book in this series I couldn't wait to get the second! I am a PK and, believe me, I could relate to a whole lot of what these families have to deal with. The books are all good reads!
I am a pastor's wife and I could identify with each of these pastor's wives at different seasons in my life, so it was a good read. This book was as entertaining as the first one, but had the same problem as the first in the series. SPOILER WARNING: Everything gets tied up pretty neat and tidy by the end of the book. Life just isn't always like that. Christians have very real problems and it doesn't always come out peachy in the end. I am waiting for the book that treats life as it is - full of the problems of ife and ministry and how we deal with it when the problems don't just work themselves out. Still, I recommend this book to ladies in my church who want a little insight into my life.
Pastors wives are real people. Real women dealing with temptation, self-esteem, child-rearing, child-bearing, and rocky marriages. Often these women feel alone, unworthy of the path God has called them to. In A Matter of Wife & Death, (Secrets from Lulus Caf Series), Ginger Kolbaba & Christy Scannell craft a story of five such women, sisters in Christ and fellow pastors wives of Red River.On a retreat for the wives, a bickering session rises up and one of the women end up dead, another accused, and the others left questioning their friendship and right and wrong. The reader is taken in small part on a mystery. On a larger scale, the reader is taken along as these women discover what is really important in their walk as the wives of pastors, and the mothers of preachers kids.As we read of their struggles, we realize how normal these women are who are often placed on pedestals. We laugh with them, cry with them, and pray with them. We rejoice as they triumph.I thought at first Id have trouble keeping up with and associating with five main characters, but as I read, I had no trouble at all and joined in with the womens friendship group. Good job.
I enjoyed this book A LOT better than the first book in the series. I felt that the characters were developed more and they weren't just a cleaner Christian imitation of the ladies from Sex and the City. There was a lot more communication between the husbands and the wives, something that I had felt was severely lacking in the first book. Sometimes it still feels like there's too much going on with 5 story lines happening at the same time. I think it would have been better just to focus on two of the women with the background story involving everyone. I really liked Lisa's story with her daughter. I think it also rings true about how a pastor just can't quit his job when he's fed up or things start going wrong. He has to think about the whole church before he makes any decision. It's also sad about how tough it is for pastor's kids to see their parents' lives dictated by the people in the church. Mimi's story this time was a hoot! I was really glad to read about a mom who's not afraid to admit she's sick of her baby crying all the time. The scene where she's pulled over by the copy for falling asleep was hilarious. And then her relationship with the principal....wow I didn't think I'd read something like that with a preacher's wife! The only thing that got me was how calm Mark was when she told him about it. It just seemed rather fake for him to be not bothered by it. And I really don't want to spoil anything about this book but wow there's a storyline in here that I totally did NOT see coming! I thought it was an excellent way to distract the reader to not even guess what was going to happen next. If you enjoyed reading the first book, you'll like this too. Even if you didn't, I would still recommend picking this one up. It's a whole lot more fun and lot less desperate