Linda’ Book Obsession Reviews “A Borrowed Life” by Kerry Anne King, Lake Union Publishing, September 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Kerry Anne King, the author of “A Borrowed Life” has written a memorable, thought-provoking, and heart-warming novel. The genres for this novel are Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.
Liz Lightsey has been the Pastor’s wife for the last 26 years until Thomas passes away. Liz did everything that a Pastor’s wife was expected to do, according to Thomas. Liz was on all committees in the church, and a perfect mother to Abigal. Of course, Liz is grieving, and starts to realize that almost all of her married life, she followed Thomas’s decisions and thoughts of what she should do, not necessarily what she might want to do. In Pastor Thomas’s life there were expectations of what men and women’s roles should be.
One of Liz’s neighbors encourages her to audition for a part in a community theater. Liz starts to feel that she is doing something she has always wanted to do. Meeting new friends, and having new opportunities is wonderful for Liz.
I love the way that Kerry Anne King vividly describes the events, and characters in this story. There is some humor when her protective Church friends meet her new theater friends. Is it possible for Liz to find a life that will make her happy?
There are some surprise twists in this story that are heartwarming. Surprisingly, her daughter Abigal is quite shocked at her mother’s behavior, and it looks like their is a role reversal in the mother-daughter relaionship.
I appreciate that Kerry Anne King discusses the importance of family, mother-daughter relationships, friends, neighbors, self growth, love and hope. I would highly recommend this amazing novel.