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Review: Becoming Us

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Review: Becoming Us

Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Waterbrook/Multnomah
Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Emily and Trevor Winslow’s move from North Carolina to California was supposed to give them a new, amazing start. Instead, the used car lot Trevor owns and manages has become an albatross, and the Winslow family is amping up the pressure to come back to North Carolina. Can they hold firm that, while California has so far not lived up to the hype, they still believe they were led to relocate there by the God who loves them?

Introverted Emily has had a difficult time making friends. When she is invited to a “Favorite Things Party” she is eager to meet some like-minded women, but incredibly ambivalent about putting herself out there. Just as she convinces herself to leave before even going in, she is pulled into the home where the party is being held. As the women share, she discovers that these women come from all walks of life. While some have their own beautiful homes, some, like Emily, are apartment dwellers, and one is even living with her in-laws, a situation Emily is achingly familiar with.

Even though she enjoys herself, she talks herself out of going to the next meeting – until she stops to pick up her plate from the party’s host, and ends up helping her deliver her baby. After that, all hope of stepping away is gone, and she has friends whether she wants them or not. The more time she spends with the group, the more invested she gets, and the more she enjoys them. They take Emily and her daughter, Audra, in as part of the family. Even her husband Trevor finds a friend in one of the husbands of the group.

The Daughters of Eve, as the group begins to call themselves, share truth with each other and do life together as friends. It was beautiful to watch Emily open herself to other women through this group, even though she felt inferior in so many ways. Realizing she still has something to offer to others was a huge deal for her, and gave her the confidence to shore up her husband’s lagging belief in himself.

Gotta say, I was a little disgusted with Trevor’s father. Yes, Trevor was the youngest in the family, and yes, financially he had gone bankrupt once, but the near constant phone calls trying to lure him back into the family fold did not help, even though that was the intent. I was glad they were able to stand firm together, and not fall apart.

This was the story of friendships of women, and of Emily and Trevor’s marriage. While this reminded me in many ways of Gunn’s SisterChicks series, and one of the main characters here was Christy Miller, from her Christy Miller series, I didn’t find as much laughter as I found in Sister Chicks. I did, however, find every other emotion I can think of.

Readers of women’s fiction will enjoy this story, as will romance readers, although, the romance is more about romance in marriage than new love romance. It took me a bit to get rolling with this book, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend!!

Rated G: No worries here.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!


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