Today is a treat for me. I “get” to review Lynda Lee Schab’s debut women’s fiction, Mind Over Madi. It’s special for me to be on that short list to review her book and blog about it because Lynda is the first person I connected with when I had a writing related question. I remember being nervous because she was ahead of the game. Each week during the FaithWriters challenges Lynda’s name was at the top of the Editor’s Choice list. I watched Mind Over Madi win as runner-up in the 2007 FaithWriters Page Turner contest. I remember reading it was a finalist in the 2007 RWA Get your Stiletto in the Door contest, and won second place in the 2008 ACFW Genesis contest, Chick Lit category. I knew when I contacted Lynda to ask my question, she was a real author.
Mind Over Madi is now out of contest judges’ hands and finally available to be in yours. This is a type of story I relish because it’s my favorite kind of read, and it’s the style I use in my own writing. As I read Mind Over Madi I realized it’s more than a wife and mom addicted to chocolate who relates to princesses, it’s a heart check for readers who grew up in less than ideal situations and makes readers wonder if they took any baggage from those days and place them on our spouse’s shoulders.
Madi McCall admits her husband lacks a little in the romance department, but all in all, he’s been a good husband, a good father. Now, though, she suspects Rich is having an af air with Fawn Witchburn, the mother of one of his fourth-grade students. To say Fawn shows of her “assets” more than should be legally allowed in public is an understatement, and Madi’s insecurities kick into high gear. When, in a heated moment, she asks Rich to leave and he complies, Madi is forced to deal with her issues. Issues of love and trust she’s tried so hard to avoid. Issues that trail all the way back to her childhood and make her act like a total moron.
I relate to Madi because she’s busy with the wife and mom thing, and has a touch of sass to her. When the going gets tough, she reaches for the chocolate. I so get that. But what I didn’t expect was to relate to Madi’s insecurities. Her mom instilled her wounds into Madi that as an adult, she chose to allow to embed her outlook on life. But now her past and present are impacting her future. Madi’s marriage isn’t just on the line, her children are reaping the consequences as well.
I’m not giving away spoilers because you need to read Mind Over Madi for yourself. In fact, this is a wonderful Christmas present for moms, sisters, aunts, grandmas, teachers…
You won’t just have a great book to pass along, you will bless Lynda Lee Schab.
I’m thankful today because she has blessed me.
Guess what? Lynda Lee Schab will be here tomorrow, yes, Thanksgiving Day, to share why she is thankful. Told you she’s a blessing. 🙂