Pitchin' A Fit by Brandilyn Collins

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The wedding for Ben Dearing and Christina Day is planned to be picture perfect, and the boisterous family has gathered for the big event. What could possibly go wrong?

Christina’s estranged mother, that’s what. The alcoholic, abusive mother who wasn’t invited.

Two days before the ceremony Edna Day crashes the bridal shower and insists she’s staying in town for the ceremony. What’s Christina to do? After her abusive childhood, standing up to her parent calls for strength she’s not sure she possesses. Besides, if she tells her mother to leave, the woman could get madder than she already is—not to mention drunk—and shame the Dearing family in front of the whole town.

Edna wastes no time making enemies. Highly opinionated Jess Dearing is set on running her out of Justus. Ben wants her gone, too. Even Lady Penelope, the Dearings’ uppity Yorkie, will have nothing to do with her. Meanwhile Mama Ruth is trying to keep the peace. And feed everybody.

Blending pathos and humor, Pitchin’ a Fit portrays the constantly shifting emotions between an abusive parent and grown child. How does a Christian forgive someone who doesn’t seem repentant? What is the balance between forgiveness and maintaining healthy emotional boundaries?

God is there to guide everyone through this mess of a weekend. But certain people may have plans of their own.

About this author

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith.

Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). She is a sought-after teacher and speaker at writers' conferences.

My Thoughts:

This book is laugh out loud funny! 
All Christina and Ben want is to have a beautiful wedding weekend. Those plans get sidetracked when Christina's mother shows up determined to be apart of the wedding festivities, in doing so she manages to alienate most of Ben's family, and embarrass Christina to tears. Ben's family is full of characters, his nephew Pogey brings laughter to the wedding with his dance.
This book brought enlightenment to me, I have step-kids who have experienced abuse at the hands of their mother. In reading this book, I understood how hard it can be for them to trust and feel completely safe because that isn't something they are familiar with.
Learning to forgive and start over is the thread that weaves it's way throughout the book.

Highly recommended!



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