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So after reading my first Karen Kingsbury book, I immediately jumped into another
Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury
I actually listened to this book as I have had a lot of driving to do lately, including to and from California for Thanksgiving.
Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury is the story of a young boy, Cory, whose mother passed away. His father was never in the picture, so now his mother's friend, Megan Gunn, has been raising him as her foster son. Megan believes that God had her meet Cory's mother in order to be able to foster him after she passed away.
Several years after her death Cory is still a young boy, living in San Francisco with Megan. He is happy and enjoys a mutual love of the San Francisco 49ers with Megan. One day, his dreams come true when Derrick Anderson, a QB for the 49ers sets up an event for foster children, enabling them to meet him. Since Cory is a foster child, he can go! Sure, Derrick isn't his very favorite, that's Aaron Hill, but still it's pretty cool to get to meet Derrick!
Cory takes the opportunity to give a letter to Derrick, asking him to give it to Aaron Hill. And in the letter, a shocking revelation. Cory writes that he is Aaron Hill's son! And he wants to meet his dad...
True to his promise, Derrick passes the letter on. But Aaron couldn't care less. He enjoys chasing after women, never wanting to go after the same one twice, and enjoys living life as a "bad boy." He's constantly making the news for scandals, and in an effort to calm his image down a bit (just so he doesn't lose his sponsorships) he goes with Derrick to the foster kid event the next week.
Cory is thrilled! Aaron must have read his letter, and that's why he came! But when Megan speaks to Aaron, it's clear to her that he's lying when he tells Cory that he read the letter. Megan knows what Cory believes, but figures it is just the overactive imagination of a young boy. She lets Aaron have it for lying to Cory, and for once Aaron's interest is piqued by a woman that he doesn't have in the palm of his hand. Instead, Megan really wants nothing to do with him and he cannot figure out why.
All he wants to do is call Megan. Cory is nice enough, but kind of annoying, but Aaron likes his foster mom and is determined to get to know her. And finally, the only way to do so is find Cory's letter and read it, because Cory told him that he had included their phone number in the letter.
So, Aaron digs up the letter and when he reads it and learns what Cory believes, that he is the father of Cory, it sets into motion a complicated journey to figure out what this all means.
Is Cory right, is Aaron his father? Or is it just Cory's imagination? And if so, how will Megan keep Cory from getting hurt when he finds out that Aaron doesn't think he is Cory's father?
Read Between Sundays to find out!
I have to admit, I preferred my first Karen Kingsbury book better. This book wasn't bad, but it took more effort to keep my attention.
Perhaps it was that I didn't get as emotionally invested in the story. Perhaps it was that the narrator was a bit distracting with her attempts to create different voices. Or perhaps it just didn't click with me. I'm not sure. I honestly think a lot of it was that I just didn't like the narrator at all, and that turned out to be very distracting for me and detracted from the story itself.
Aaron is pretty easy to dislike. He's a bit of a womanizer and is willing to fake nice to a young boy just to get after his foster mom. But Megan is a wonderful character. A young woman in her early twenties, willing to accept responsibility for a young boy as a foster mom, willing to work 3 jobs just to support the two of them, and willing to put down her foot and stand up for herself. I found her inspirational. It made me want to dedicate my life to fostering children, she made me want to adopt.
I think the message is a good one. Karen Kingsbury is obviously a Christian author, and while I didn't elaborate on that message in my summary, the book also has a deep Christian message about how what really matters in life is what happens between Sundays. You can be as good as you want on Sundays, but between Sundays shows who you really are. Shows your true character. To me, it means that it doesn't matter if you go sit in a building for church services once a week. If you live the rest of the week the opposite of a Christian, that's what counts, and that's what shows your true character.
If you like Karen Kingsbury or contemporary Christian fiction (or both!) consider this book. It may not be her best, but it was still enjoyable. Definitely read it though, don't listen to it as the narration is pretty poor.
3 out of 5 stars.