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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
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DeeJayNSW, AustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A woman's sad struggle with tragedy and alcoholismSeptember 19, 2011DeeJayNSW, AustraliaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I found this book had a rather sad plot. Livi and Gretta's brother, Buddy, died in Vietnam and this tragedy triggered tension between the two sisters. Livi began drinking and for most of the story she cut herself off from her sister. Eventually Livi recommits her life to The Lord and begins to fight her way out of the sad state her life had become. It ends on a good note.
tjhancAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5August 26, 2011tjhancAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Very slow read. I gave up on finishing it, which is very uncommon. I never got to a point where I found a story line even after reading the first three chapters.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5good novel about tragedy and trusting GodAugust 8, 2011bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4When Jack Wilson retired from working at the Chrysler plant, he bought a florist shop. His married daughters Gretta (Margaret) and Livi (olivia) help Jack and his wife Ida provide flowers for those special events in their town.
The novel flashes back to some twenty years ago, the 60s, as the Wilson children are growing up Catholic. Their older brother, Buddy, gets drafted right out of high school. When the visitors come to the door delivering the news of Buddy's death, Livi loses any faith she had in God. How could He have done this to their family? She believes God has turned His back on her.
Twenty years later Livi struggles with alcoholism as she slyly nips from the beer hiding in the florist shop's cooler. Her anger toward God grows as a baby in the community dies of SIDS. And Gretta is no help as the sisters bicker.
Then their mother, Ida, begins to show signs of Alzheimer's.
Prusik has created a pleasing read. The florist shop is a sort of community gathering place and we get to see the events of the town as flowers are needed for each event. The flashbacks to growing up Catholic in the 60s are a riot. Who can forget Aqua Net?
I learned lots about the florist business too. Who wants to pull an "all nighter" before Mother's Day or Easter to get all the bouquets finished?
Prusik has also represented the dilemma Christians must work through in the face of personal tragedy. Yet, as is the case, there were seasoned Christians who helped Livi finally come to the place of trusting God again.
I received an egalley of this book from Tyndale House for the purpose of this review.
Caren Collis5 Stars Out Of 5Great BookAugust 6, 2011Caren CollisQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this story. Can't wait for the author to write more. Her writing was so good. You need to read about Livi and her problems and how they get solved.
S ScalesTexasAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Mixed feelingsAugust 4, 2011S ScalesTexasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Delivery is mainly focused on the Wilson family - past and present - and their close knit group of friends. They run a flower shop which means that they are involved in all the ups and down of their small town of Mount Helicon. Prusik hits a lot of serious and painful issues, like death, guilt, alcoholism, loneliness in marriages, and Alzheimer. The world that is created in this novel is real, but there is Hope!
I had mixed feeling, because there were a few issues I had while reading Delivery but by the end I was pulled in to the story and brought to tears. The story jumped from the present to the past during the first part of the book, and it was a little hard to follow. Maybe I just wasn't expecting it, because as the book went along I became less confused. Also, the Wilson parents' first names, Jake and Ida, were used more often than not, even when the story was being told from one of their adult daughter's point of view. So, it was harder to connect people. I'm assuming the reason why the author did that is because the point of view changes often. The Wilson family members tell most of the story. However, their friends' point of view is the focus of several chapters though out the book, which includes Marianne the dominated house wife, her daughter Sophie who works at the flower shop, and the newly widowed Eileen. After finishing the book, I see why she wanted to do that, and I enjoyed seeing the different points of view. However, it added to the confusion I experienced as I tried to get in to the book and figure out how was who. I'm glad I finished Delivery, but can't whole heartily recommend it to others.
I was provided an e-copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.
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