Ellyn De Mossmid is in her forties, and is the owner and chef of her own restaurant. Sabina Jackson is a counsellor on leave with stress issues and mild depression. Dr Miles Becker is a healer recovering from the truth that he couldn't heal his own wife, and Twila Boaz is a recovering anorexic who works in her mother's health food store while waiting to see where God leads her.
Miles describes Ellyn as witty, intelligent and beautiful. Her voice certainly comes across as witty and intelligent, whereas Miles is more distant, his formality no doubt a product of his grief--and perhaps his guilt. Sabrina tries to be upbeat and professional, but there is something there that might be a lie, while Twila has a wisdom beyond her years. They form an unlikely group of friends, each learning from the others_ and there might even be a little romance in there somewhere_
Ginny Yttrup's first novel, Words, was a finalist for two Christy awards and winner of one, and after just three chapters I could see why. I am in awe of her writing. What is even more amazing is that the writing is unobtrusive. I wasn't reading it and thinking 'oh, this is great writing'. I was totally engaged in her characters and the story she was telling. It was only as I paused to reflect on the story that I saw how good the writing is, how she has managed to write four quite different characters all in the first person (and in present tense, no less), each with their own unique voice.
Invisible is about finding beauty in God's creation, including ourselves, and understanding that God's standard for beauty is not the commercialised and sexualised standard we see in contemporary media. It's a beautifully written reminder that we are created in the image of our mighty God. Recommended.
Thanks to and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
No matter what your size, there is a reason to connect with this book. "Invisible" by Ginny L. Yttrup is a novel about three women and a man who are connected through there body image, physical health, and emotional trauma. Allyn is an overweight middle aged bachelorette who owns and cooks in her restaurant. Sabina, is a psychiatrist on sabbatical who is battling depression and probably a good case of post traumatic stress disorder. Twila is an anorexic woman in her mid-twenties who works in a health foods store. And finally we have the good doctor, Miles, who is the connection of the three.
The book is arranged so that each chapter is a first person telling of the four main characters. Each character has a distinctive voice that is undeniably their own. The characters are detailed and well written. Mostly, the plot is the telling of each person's image and association with God. This is a great book. I received this book for free from Handlebar Publishing.
Invisible by Ginny Yttrup is a fictional novel that focuses on the lives of three different individuals as they struggle with various issues. One lady is hiding behind her weight, another is recovering from an eating disorder and another is hiding something. Yttrup does a great job of seamlessly weaving these characters and their issues into the novel. The women are drawn together and begin to realize that they have their worth found in Christ, their Creator.
Invisible from Ginny Yttrup is a wonderful and rich story of the lives of three women and the God that loves them wonderfully. Each woman in the story has her own reason for wanting to feel "invisible" but most of it stems from shame. The story weaves together the healing that only God can give through His mercy and love and through the people He places in our path.
It is important to know that the book is written in first person, present tense. Which I must admit I really enjoyed. It draws you in so intimately to the core of each character. The chapters are unique to the voice of the characters and labelled well. Yttrup did an excellent job of making it easy for the reader to flow into the next mindset. Well-done!
I found the pace a little slow at first as the stage was set for each character and the beginning of their arcs. Yet, once I found myself in each of their skins it read smoother for me. The depth of the characters and their struggles drew me in deeper as the pages turned. Their growing friendship and developing faith journeys were enlightening to me and attended to some of my dry soul spots as well.
A fantastic read. A refreshing and inspiring message. A hopeful gift!
Be sure to check out Invisible.
Thanks to HandelBar Publishing for proving me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Invisible, by Ginny L. Yttrup, is a novel that leads the reader through the lives of three women who would prefer to blend into the background. Each one has a significant reason, a situation that many readers can relate to, making it personal for those who may be going through similar situations.
This book was not what I originally expected. At first, I had a difficult time with the first person and the constant change of character. Nonetheless, this book is a recommended read for those who would rather become invisible to the world than become the person God intended them to be.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.