Friday, May 23, 2008

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

I was fortunate enough to find a copy of this book in my mailbox one day, courtesy of blogger/author Trish Ryan, who I must say is one of the funniest authors out there. Her blog is over at Trish's Dishes so do check it out if you haven't popped by before.

So when I first saw the cover of the book, I laughed. The title and cover are awesome, aren't they? But it wasn't until I actually got the book that I saw the subtitle, " A MEMOIR OF FINDING FAITH, HOPE, AND HAPPILY EVER AFTER." Uh oh. Seriously, books about faith are just not my cup of tea. And I get utterly irritated by stories about women desperately seeking a husband. I have to admit, therefore, that I very procrastinated, hemmed, hawed and only very reluctantly opened this book, because I did agree to post about it. Fast forward a hundred pages and I am laughing, wincing and overall enjoying Trish's book because she does what everyone hopes the author will do when you open a book, and that is to entertain your reader. Trish is really funny writer and writing funny is not easy. Especially for 300 pages. Like when she is surprised to see a Christian woman in a chic outfit. She states "Their sophistication blew my preconceived notion about Christian tackiness to pieces..." Yes this cracked me up because I too have that preconceived notion of the Little house on the prairie type housecoat, staid and boring, etc.

Not to say that this is some kind of humor book. It isn't. Trish is a very warm and reflective writer and you really get to see so much of what happened in her life that helped to define her. She relates stories about previous heartbreak with a winsome regret and a wry look back at her old self. Actually there are some quite poignant moments of revelation that are not easy to read, especially for a on again off again Catholic such as myself. But it didn't lose my interest. And where I felt faith was taking centerstage and there were moments where I was not comfortable, to be honest, I still read on because I wanted to know what happened. I wanted to see her happy ending. Believe me when I say it didn't disappoint me.


Anonymous said...

i love when we reluctantly go to a book and then must finish good.

and sorry about all those comments on the last entry. it was those damned donuts.

Anonymous said...

I think as a hopeless romantic (no - I am - really, Sleepless in Seattle is my favourite movie!), an on/off Catholic and a lover of frogs in lipstick this will be right up my alley!

I also enjoy a good laugh! Thanks for the blog link - will check it out!

Anonymous said...

With HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT, Trish wrote an honest-to-goodness tale. I loved it!

Anonymous said...

That cover made me laugh at loud!

I too wince and feel a little nervous when I read about people finding faith, but oddly enough this is my favorite kind of book if it is done well and believably and I don't feel I am having a moral lesson force fed to me. I'll certainly look out for this book.

Anonymous said...

It sounds great and that cover is fabulouso! I'll check the book out the next time I'm at the store.

Anonymous said...

I'm feeling more interested these days in books about faith so I may give this a look.

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