Book Review: Stuck in the Middle

April 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Book and Movie Reviews

Book by Virginia Smith   
Review by Michelle Sutton   

Joan Sanderson's life is stuck. Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is living at home with Mom and looking after her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement-or romance.

That is, until a hunky young doctor moves in next door. Suddenly Joan has a goal–to catch his eye and get a date. But it won't be easy. The pretty girl Tori flirts relentlessly with him.  And, Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, maybe Joan can find her way out of this rut and into the life she's been hiding from.

Book 1 of the Sister-to-Sister series, Stuck in the Middle combines budding romance, spiritual searching, and a healthy dose of sibling rivalry that is sure to make you smile.

This story was fabulous! It wasn't edgy, IMHO, but it was still very intriguing and incredibly romantic, not to mention downright hilarious at times. For me, Stuck in the Middle was the perfect example of the best of the best Christian fiction. Not too much angst and drama, but just enough tension and issues to keep you turning the pages. The internal dialogue was so well done I felt like I was the main character dealing with the spiritual struggles and the sister issues. Such honest and fresh fiction is not common. The spiritual struggles were realistic, and yet there was depth to the lessons that really cut to the heart of the issues. But it was such a seamless part of the story it seemed natural, like the point about being equally yoked with your partner and not being ashamed of your faith.

Stuck in the Middle was so heartwarming and deep, yet fun and light at the same time. How did the author do that? I totally loved the hero, too. He was delectable. Those "almost kisses" were making me nuts. I loved the misunderstandings, too. This story was also a great example of what not to do to win a man's heart. The flirting lessons were hilarious, especially when Joan tossed her hair and noted each time he moved inside her hula hoop. To find out what that means you have to read the book. I loved it. This book is highly recommended.

Stuck in the Middle was published by Revell and released in February 2008!

About the reviewer:  Michelle Sutton is dubbed the Edgy Inspirational Author. Her website can be found at and her popular blog is at


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