I really enjoyed how the book switched viewpoints between the main characters, Jonica Johnson and Stacie Cutter, so I could see how each scene unfolded from their unique perspectives and get into their hearts and minds, thoughts and emotions. This aspect of the book was particularly fun, and I looked forward to reading the alternating voices of the two main characters and getting into each woman’s head. I liked the refreshing honesty this book portrays as well. Both women are hurting and their emotions are raw, and none of that is hidden from the reader. Stacie is career focused and self-centered, and Jonica is angry at God and confused about her infertility. The characters are likeable enough that I laughed and cried and got angry right along with them. Joy writes in such a way that it’s easy to feel the same emotions the characters are experiencing, whether it be confusion and frustration, or pain and anger, or exhilaration and triumph.
As the ending unfolds, Joy hands us one surprise after another. God’s intervention through the story redeems and restores without being cliché. His presence brings comfort even when a woman's heart’s desire may not be granted, or a prayer prayed may not be answered in the way she wants it to or thinks it will be.
I wouldn’t hesitate to offer this beautifully and sensitively written book to anyone to read – it’s that good and will touch everyone’s heart. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy.
On her website, Joy shines for Jesus and offers readers a free sample chapter of Rain Dance as well as a hidden chapter not included in her book.
Joy DeKok is an author, speaker, and believer in Jesus Christ. She is passionate about people exploring and recording the legacies that are their lives. Bits & Pieces of Me is where she gives her personal legacy to those she loves, to those she likes, and to those she has never met. She believes your life matters and that your life is a legacy.