Sunday, January 13, 2013

In Front of God and Everybody by K.D. McCrite

Title: In Front of God and Everybody
Author: K.D. McCrite
Series: Book #1 (Confessions of April Grace)
Format- Paperback
Publisher- Thomas Nelson Publishers
Published- May 10th, 2011
Pages- 298
Source- Own

If God wanted April Grace to be kind to her neighbors, He should have made them nicer!

Growing up in the country is never easy, but it sure is funny--especially if you happen to have a sister obsessed with being glamorous, a grandma just discovering make-up, hippie friends who never shower, and brand new neighbors from the city who test everyone's patience. From disastrous dye jobs to forced apologies and elderly date tagalongs, you'll laugh 'til you cry as you read the "Confessions of April Grace"! 
Here are just a couple of April's thoughts: On her sister, Myra Sue: "How anyone can be that dumb and still be able to eat with a fork is beyond me." On senior citizen lovebirds: "What if they started smooching right at the table in front of God and everybody?"

In spite of all the loony characters in her life, April Grace is able to learn from her parents as they share the love of God--to even the craziest of characters!

I've been wanting this book for ages. It's one of the rare books that I buy and I'm so happy I don't have any regrets. This is a christian fiction book. I have not read one in a while. I've only read two in total so that's not saying much. Now before you stop reading because you read "christian fiction" let me just say that it's not that bad. There's only like one moment where if you weren't really religious and don't like to read about the stuff that you might not like. Other than that just think of it as a good children's southern read.


April Grace tries to be kind to others like her Mama wants her to be but she can't help not liking her new neighbors. She hasn't had much great experience with new neighbors before. The last time she had a neighbor she met the parents and other family members of this nice girl she hung out with. Then they all started making fun of her right to her face. Ugh. You know when she starts off her story like that you know that her new neighbors are just going to be exactly the same. April Grace is a spunky girl who's always saying funny things whether anyone else agrees. She's very smart and quick witted. She was a pleasure to read about. Her new neighbors on the other hand... The man, Ian, seemed to become a better person but his wife, Isabel, just kept on being her rotten self.

April Grace's mother is a saint. She's always talking about being nice. She goes so far as letting the new neighbors live at their house while they are fixing up their home. Ian is originally pretty rude especially to his wife. They both fight a lot but he gets better as the book progresses. Isabel was a former dancer and she can't stand the country. She really just wants to go home but that's impossible and I wish she'd just get over it. She's this skinny little thing that hardly eats. She's always rude to April Grace's family. I don't know how her mother can stand it. I would have thrown her out when she first criticized my cooking. You are a guest at someone else's home. Act like it.

April Grace's sister, Myra Sue, worships the ground that Isabel walks on. She's just so glamorous... She gets an even bigger attitude when Isabel starts staying over. I couldn't stand both of them together. They needed to be separated as well as her grandmother and her new boyfriend that April Grace knew was no good. She tried telling everyone but would they listen? No. Her mother doesn't like her attitude either. She keeps on talking about being nice but April Grace is realistic and once again because she's just a kid she isn't taken seriously.

April Grace's life is just one crazy drama after another. Her life feels like a soap opera. I love watching soap operas so it's a good fit for me. I really want to read more of her. I want to read what happens next. The ending was amazing and I want to read how the author tops this book. I haven't read many southern family books. This was a real treat. It gets serious towards the end and I like that. It was a fun read but it deals with real life situations. I think a lot of girl's will like reading about April Grace like I did. It's a family values type of book but with April Grace it feels like a book that's perfect for anyone.

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6 comments:

  1. Ah this cover looks so sweet :) I'm not a big fan of christian fiction book but I read some from time to time. I guess I should add this one to my list :) Great review :)

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    1. This would be a great read for you if you read them from time to time. It's not like in your face or anything.

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  2. This sounds really cute and funny! I don't mind Christian fiction, I don't go out of my way to read them, but I won't not read a book based on that :) Great review!

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    1. This is the only christian fiction that I can say that I went out of my way to read. It's worth checking out.

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  3. I don't typically read Christian fiction- but this book sounds cute! Great review!

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    1. Thanks! I've never really met anyone who reads christian fiction so I'm not surprised by everyone's comments :P

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