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by Stacy Monson
From the back cover:
Mindy Lee “Minnie” Carlson’s dream job has dropped into her hands, but there’s a catch. She has four months to revive Open Circle, the town’s only Senior Adult Day Center, or the doors will close, leaving her jobless, and the seniors she cares for stranded.
Meanwhile, after decades traveling the globe and documenting the forgotten people of the world, Jackson Young discovers his beloved Grandma Em is still alive in Minnie’s small town.
Overjoyed, he races back to his hometown to reconnect, and discovers Grandma Em has adopted Minnie as her surrogate grandchild for the past twenty years.
Then Grandma Em has a stroke, and his ideas about her care pit him against Minnie’s determination and expertise. For Grandma Em’s sake, and the future of Open Circle, they’ll need to do the impossible–find a way to work together.
About the author:
Stacy Monson is the award-winning author of The Chain of Lakes series, including Shattered Image, Dance of Grace, and The Color of Truth. Her stories reveal an extraordinary God at work in ordinary life. As a speaker, she engages her audience with humor, hope, and encouragement to be who they designed to be.
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Minnesota Christian Writers Guild (MCWG), she is the area coordinator for ACFW in Minnesota, past president of ACFW MN-NICE, and the Events Director for MCWG.
Residing in the Twin Cities, Stacy is the wife of a juggling, unicycling physical education teacher, mom to two amazing kids and two wonderful in-law kids, and a very proud grandma of 3 (and counting) grands.
There will always be elderly people among us, but ultimately our perspective will determine whether they are a burden or delight.
True-to-life characters reflect varying issues that come along with advancing age in Open Circle. I loved the many different seniors who appeared throughout the story, although Em had to be my favorite.
While I understood the struggle Minnie faced in accepting Jackson, sometimes her shifting attitudes seemed too much for her character. A few loose ends left me wondering what happened to them.
I read this story at an interesting time, as God has opened doors recently to build relationships with some seniors around me. With them in mind, I loved the perspective Minnie shared and teared at the thought of “my seniors” being loved like that. What a precious thought!
We all know at least one senior, but do we take time to love on them? I encourage you to read Open Circle and allow yourself to be challenged by the message in this sweet story!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)