Title: Half Finished
Author: Lauraine Snelling
“That’s what friends are for. I mean, after all, we are all UFOs when you think of it. God said He would do the finishing,” Amalia tells Roxie in Lauraine Snelling’s novel, Half Finished.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page hardbound targets those who like simplistic tales about family, friendship, and relationships while living in a close-knit town. Containing words such as dang and darn, topics of divorce, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
Set in current-day Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, three women decide to organize a group that promotes finishing unfinished craft projects. Whether knitting a decades-old afghan, crocheting a baby’s outfit for a now-grown child, or completing a boat, the participants, both male and female, enjoy the weekly get-togethers while some individuals learn how God is the one who completes them through life’s struggles, differences, and challenges.
~ Why ~
The contagious idea of having a UFO (unfinished objects) group is charming and unique as many may need camaraderie, prompting, and accountability to complete a project or task. I liked the tenderness between Ginny and Amalia as one helped the other through a difficult time. The mother-daughter and grandmother-granddaughter interweaved relationships were well-written.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ may not understand the importance of relying on God throughout our lives. Some who have no interest in small town living where everyone knows everyone else’s business may find the story tedious as it is painted with the minutia such as windshield bugs, acid reflux, and grocery lists.
~ Wish ~
While I appreciated the group’s artistic concept, I felt one of its three original creators was rarely mentioned, focusing mainly on only one creative leader and two different women. Due to the plethora of characters, including a list of them at the beginning of the book might be helpful for procrastinating readers. I prefer no slang words in Christian books.
~ Want ~
If you like an easy read about a small town’s somewhat flawless residents who are half-finished in life and crafts, this may engage you, but I struggled through it, wishing for more excitement and less of the mundane.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2tWVSGr