Today on Bookaholics I am reviewing the first two books in the Babe's Bible trilogy by Karen Jones. Before anyone thinks this is a conspiracy, despite the fact we have the same surname we are not related. I don't even know her, but I now know her writing which is excellent.
The first book Gorgeous Grace introduces us to Grace who is a curate in a Church of England Parish. Grace is a real person who is down to earth and certainly not a cardboard cut out. We get to know about her and her life in a no holds barred fashion. The book is also about her best friend Chloe, married with three children, who has an affair with a married man. The implications of this are far reaching and well described. However, this is almost two books in one as Jones skilfully weaves between the modern day tale and the tales of women from the bible. The historical stories are as intriguing as their modern day equivalent.
Book two, Babe's Bible continues the stories of all the characters introduced in the first book. This is as good as the first. Like the first book it does not hide the difficulties that Christians face but confronts them head on. This book is down to earth and some people may find it too much so. However, I feel it is both necessary for, and adds to, the compelling story. This is real Christianity with attitude.
Both these books draw you in to the lives of the women involved. You can almost feel you are there. These are not saccharine coated Christian books but take you to the heart of the problems Christian women can face. I loved these books and can highly recommend them. My only complaint is that I now want book three and Karen hasn't finished it yet. Karen, if by any Chance you are reading this please get it out soon.
Even if you are not sure you like Christian Fiction then I would urge you to try these. I think you will be pleasanlty surprised.