by Liana George
Series: Hopeful Heart #1
Published by Scrivenings Press
Publication Date October 26, 2021
Genres: Inspirational Fiction, Woman's Fiction
Setting: Connecticut, China Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Can Nicki risk letting go of her well-ordered life plans and embrace what God has perfectly arranged?
Short on clients and money, professional organizer Nicki Mayfield is hanging up her label maker. That is, until the eccentric socialite Katherine O'Connor offers Nicki one last job.
Working together, the pair discovers an unusual business card among Ms. O'Connor's family belongings that leads them on a journey to China. There, the women embark on an adventure of faith and self-discovery as they uncover secrets, truths, and ultimately, God's perfectly arranged plan.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Though Nikki didn’t realize it at first, she and Ms. O’Connor had so much in common! Both were hurt deeply in the past in ways that affected them into their present.
It was interesting to read about the life of a professional organizer. While a part of me scoffed at how Nikki was able to use her skills in the messy office in China, I realized that it actually made sense and could work. Wow!
Descriptions of the country and some of the cultural differences were also interesting. I had no idea there are chair lifts for ascending and a slide for descending from the top of the Great Wall of China!
Nikki’s need for order made her an incredible organizer. It had never occurred to me the many ways a need for control might manifest itself, or how it could affect one’s view of everything around her. The contrast between her almost spartan lifestyle with her mother’s hoarding, and the reason behind it, was as stark as it was touching.
A spiritual thread ran throughout the story, focusing mainly on Nikki’s lack of relationship with the Lord and her unfamiliarity with the Bible, despite being a Christian. Julia, one of the Chinese people Nikki met, was a delightful testimony of the joy of the Lord even in less than ideal circumstances.
Other than Julia, I found the characters a little unrelatable. Nikki came across as selfish, though it was clear that this was partly because of the pain she carried.
One aspect of the story that made it difficult for me was the use of first-person present tense. This is a fingernail-on-the-chalkboard thing for me and Perfectly Arranged caused the same frustration. It was a big distraction from the events taking place.
Overall, this debut novel has potential. If you enjoy women’s fiction, I encourage you to read it yourself and see what you think.
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