Woman Plans, God Laughs: My Story of Love, Loss and Learning to Live Life with Faith
Adult; Memoir; (Market)
Debie Monax loved math - it's consistency and predictability. In math all one had to do was follow the proper process and apply appropriate principals to produce and guaranteed result. She applied the same mindset to her life, believing that if sh understood the rules and applied the proper principals to all her decisions, she would have the life she dreamed of.
Established in a successful career as a CPA and engaged to a wonderful man, she was confident that she would soon have the family and the career that she desired. Debie's belief system is shattered when she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Soon after, Debie learned that advanced endometriosis likely had threatened her ability to become pregnant.
Juggling an invisible disability and enduring fertility treatments, Debie had to redefine and rewrite her faith and how she envisioned success, a perfect family, and even herself.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10
Plot: The memoir is skillfully structured and engaging. Readers will care about the characters and find themselves quickly turning pages until the very end.
Prose: The prose is conversational in tone and accessible. However, at times, there is too much telling and not enough showing. The author would do well to slow things down and create detailed scenes with dialogue.
Originality: Although the subject matter is not unique, the author's story feels original, fresh, and vital.
Character Development: Debie is a brilliantly developed character who changes over the course of the book. Readers will care about her story. Secondary characters are also well rendered.
Date Submitted: April 25, 2018