A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.
From the author of the best-selling Christy Miller and SisterChicks series comes a new book of community, friendship, and tackling the hard things of life with God and loved ones around a table.
Five young moms, including beloved Gunn character Christy Miller, gather to share meals and soon become unlikely best friends. The regular gatherings provide opportunities for the women to reveal their stories, and those life stories endear them to each other. They experience their lives naturally meshing as they raise their children together in community. In Becoming Us the group find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other become the nurturing mothers they wished they’d had when they were growing up. They unite to be remembered for what they do as moms and not for what was done to them.
Robin Jones Gunn has been writing books that I could not put down since I was a teenager. The Christy Miller series would get me in trouble often when my parents would find me with a flashlight at bedtime because I had to read “just one more chapter”. One of the things I so enjoy about that series and now this new book is that the characters are relatable and feel as if you’ve met them. Once you’ve read the books, you feel as though the characters are long time friends and you pick up right where you left off. In Becoming Us, the storyline is of blooming friendships but in a world where we have pain, skepticism and we are fearful of sharing too much. Even as adults friendships can be a rocky path and hard to develop. This book is fiction but it gives you scenarios that are true-to-life and the wisdom provided from one character to another is applicable.
If you have ever read any of the author’s works, you will be familiar with her writing style. Her books are warm, encouraging but full of every day life, nothing that is far fetched or unbelievable. You will also be visited by characters from her other series as supporting roles in Becoming Us. You do not need to have read any previous books in order to follow this one, but if you have you will feel the warm and fuzzies when you read about familiar names. As with all of Robin’s previous books, I highly recommend this one.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Waterbrook and Multnomah for my e-copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.