I have the pleasure of being a member of the blog tour for Renovating Becky Miller by Sharon Hinck. I enjoyed the Secret Life of Becky Miller, but Renovating Becky Miller has resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect.
In this installment Becky is wrestling with a job that wants to be much more than the 15 hours a week she signed on for, three kids between the ages of nine and two, a mother-in-law who’s moved in very reluctantly, the stress of selling a house, buying a dream house that becomes the money pit, her sister has moved in, and her best friend is suddenly distant…add a leg that refuses to cooperate after an accident and her concern about the state of her twelve year old marriage. Her life is chaos and it seems like everything she touches gets worse. And all she wants to do is fix things for people.
Each chapter begins with Becky dreaming that she is in the middle of a movie. For me part of the fun was trying to figure out which movie as quickly as possible. (There is a list of the movies in the back – I got most right) A few I didn’t get, but Sharon wove them into the story so that the movie clips didn’t interrupt the flow. Instead, they actually helped move the story along and let us know how Becky was feeling.
There were so many times I was laughing and cringing at the same time. Laughing at the situations Becky got herself into by trying to fix everything and be everything everyone seemed to want her to be. And cringing as I realized how often I feel just like her.
Let’s face it. The demands on moms today never end. Someone will always tell us we aren’t being the right kind of parent. Or that we aren’t giving enough to our job … or too much. Or we aren’t serving enough at church … or we’re serving too much. Or our kids aren’t behaved the way somebody thinks they should… or don’t get enough of our time. Or there’s that house project that just doesn’t get out of the starting gate. Or the unexpected disasters that leave us reeling.
It felt good to laugh with a friend and then cry as she walked through her struggles. If you are a mom (or just married), I think you will really enjoy this book. If not, it’s still a great read.
And since renovating (both inside and out) is a huge part of this book, tell me your renovating stories. The best one wins a book. Maybe this one if I can bring myself to part with it!
I’ll start. Ever noticed how you fix up a house right before you move. Just so other people can enjoy the improvements. We did that with our townhouse in Arlington. Beautiful kitchen, just not for us to enjoy. Or remodeling the upstairs bathroom there that took much longer than we anticipated. It was awesome when it was done, but as a direct result of all those projects in a 1940s era house, we bought 2000 vintage here. And now it’s time to start with upgrades and repairs here. Sigh. The never-ending saga….