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352 pages
Mar 2008
Howard Books

A Matter of Wife and Death

by Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannell

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Where do four frazzled women find support for life’s challenges? With each other, at their favorite café. A Matter of Wife and Death is Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannel’s second book in their “Secrets from Lulu’s Café” Series. Mimi, Jennifer, Felicia, and Lisa are pastors’ wives who support and encourage each other through their various struggles related to children, marriage and careers. Another obstacle for them is dealing with nosy Kitty, a pastor’s wife who organizes a weekend retreat for other wives in the community.

Each chapter is focused on one of the women and the struggles in her life. Unless it is at Lulu’s cafe, each woman’s life is separate from the others. This gives the book a lot of subplots, making it somewhat hard to follow. The Lulu’s café chapters are mostly recaps of the previous four chapters and seem a little repetitive.

The conflicts that the women face are stereotypical (rebellious children, extramarital attraction, housewife vs. career), and are solved in rather simplistic and unrealistic ways. The accidental death of Kitty at the retreat seems pointless, as everyone else’s life continues as normal.

However, the book does stand alone well for being a second book. Key events in the first book are explained enough to catch the reader up, but are not over explained to the point that it slows the book’s pace. Kolbaba and Scannel mesh well, and it’s hard to tell where one writer leaves off and another begins. Minor characters such as Gracie, the waitress at Lulu’s, and Becky, Felicia’s maid, are engaging.

This book is best suited for mothers or pastors’ wives.

Overall it is intriguing, but there are no real matters of wife or death involved.-- Jessica Becker,

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especially when people expect you to be perfect.

Jennifer, who volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center, has waited years for a baby. Why is it so easy for girls like Jessica to get pregnant -- and so hard for her? Is it possible to want a baby too much?

Lisa's teenage daughter, Callie, is giving her the silent treatment. And her attitude at church -- when she goes -- majorly stinks. The board already criticizes her husband's ministry. What will they say now?

Mimi is overwhelmed. Baby Milo cries continually until she's so tired she can't see straight. Will anybody ever see her for her -- not just as a mom and a house slave?

Felicia's four-year-old, Nicholas, is biting people again. And the timing couldn't be worse...especially when Felicia's boss is about to close her Cincinnati PR office.

Then there's the snobby Katherine Katt, who's determined to lord it over them all....