BOOK BY: Robin Jones Gunn
This is the first time I’ve read this author and certainly won’t be the last!
Being Known is the second book in the title of series. The story follows Jennalynn and her overworked husband, Joel of nine years. They have two children ages four and one, so it’s a busy time in their lives. She has a wonderful circle of friends who meet together whenever they can, to encourage each other and to support one another in whatever situations the women find themselves in. Jennalynn is still grieving the loss of her mother after six years and she struggles with sharing her feelings with her husband since it’s been so long, thus setting the stage for the major conflict of the story.
The question arises, in a few of the characters’ lives, is investing yourself emotionally in a person’s life of the opposite gender while married (one or the other) an affair?
Yikes. There are two circumstances that arise that seem so very different for Jennalyn and Tess (one of the friends) at first, that it’s hard to make the connection of the big picture question. As the friends work through Tess’ newfound relationship, Jennalynn is faced with her own guilt over a chance encounter with an old boyfriend who had been strongly connected to her family in the past and is interested in rehashing the past.
I loved everything about this story. The author nailed the husband/wife relationship of nine years and the exhaustion a mother of preschool children faces. There is a conversation that takes place early on in the novel between Jennalyn and Joel that was a laugh out loud moment for me, since it generally sounds like my household.
The narrative is easy to follow and pulls the reader in from the first page. I had a hard time putting this one down to do mundane tasks that need to be done.
The spiritual thread is strong, to the point and not preachy. The friendship of the group of women provides a safe haven for spiritual matters to be discussed. There’s prayer, scripture readings and conversations surrounding the word of the year activity the women decide to do.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received an ecopy from the publisher through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are my own.