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Monday, July 13, 2009

Review - Baby, Baby by Karen Wiesner

Title: Baby, Baby (The Family Heirloom Series Book One)

Author: Karen Wiesner

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

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Rating: You Could Read

Reviewer: Laura

A Proverbs 31 wife wonders, does “submission” mean giving up having anything of her own?

Family Heirloom Series: Book One – Accepting God’s Will “Nuggets of faith can be passed down as family heirlooms from parent to child, sibling to sibling, spouse to spouse.”

Thirty-seven-year-old Tamara Wolfe married her childhood sweetheart, Robert, right out of high school and proceeded to have a passel of children who fill her life to capacity. With the last of her children in preschool, Tamara decides to make a business out of her long-time love of creating designer gift baskets. She doesn’t expect Robert to be against it from her first word.

Robert has always prided himself on giving Tamara the option of staying home to raise the children, just as his father did before him. Since birth, it’s been drilled into him that a man who doesn’t provide for his family is the worst kind of loser. What will happen if her business takes off? She won’t have time to take care of the family. Worse, maybe she won’t need him anymore.

Although they’d agreed years before that their family was complete, Robert considers that perhaps the cure for Tamara’s restlessness is another baby.

Tamara prays for wisdom. All she wants is a small space of time for herself. Is she being selfish? Or is God leading her to continue being an outdated model of the Proverbs 31 wife—submissive, but never equal?

Inspirational romance contains a great emphasis on God and the main characters following the Bible's teachings. This story is no different. The characters of Robert and Tamara, however, take this to a new level in their combined commitment to the Lord. They both believe they are following Christ's teachings when in reality Robert only follows when it behooves him to. Sure, he does all the outward things like going to church, praying with his wife and doing small works of Christian charity. However, when his wife needs him to accept her as a person, he lets his pride rule him. Very un-Christ-like. All in all, this book started slow and meandered about a bit but about halfway through the book, the pace picked up and made for easier reading. I understood the author's message of Robert's inner struggle for balance and Tamara's incomparable love for her husband. I only wish there had been more texture to the plot pallette.

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