Marybeth has become a dear writing sister over the last couple years. One of those cool times where God just creates a connection. I wish we lived closer so that we could hang out together, meet at Starbucks, and give each other breaks periodically. Instead, we’re on an email loop where we support and pray for each other. This book is her second novel and one that most women can completely relate to. She sets up a mom who’s working hard to mother her three boys, but with the chaos of moving into a new community, never quite feels like she lives up to anyone’s expectations. Then there’s her perfect neighbor across the backyard fence who has it all together. She makes it look easy…or does she? This book is a breath of fresh air for women who struggle to get off the merry-go-round of comparison.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries writing team and a regular contributor to their daily devotions. Her first novel,The Mailbox was released in June 2010. Her next novel, She Makes It Look Easy, will be released in June 2011. Additionally, she serves as director of She Reads, Proverbs 31 Ministries’ fiction division.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Ariel Baxter has just moved into the neighborhood of her dreams. The chaos of domestic life and the loneliness of motherhood, however, moved with her. Then she meets her neighbor, Justine Miller. Justine ushers Ariel into a world of clutter-free houses, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood play dates, and organization techniques designed to make marriage better and parenting manageable.
Soon Ariel realizes there is hope for peace, friendship, and clean kitchen counters. But when rumors start to circulate about Justine’s real home life, Ariel must choose whether to believe the best about the friend she admires or consider the possibility that “perfection” isn’t always what it seems to be.