Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Review: Mennonite Meets Mr. Right: A Memoir of Faith, Hope, and Love by Rhoda Janzen

I loved Ms. Janzen's first memoir, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. And so it was a no-brainer to pick up her second one. I was especially happy to see her find real love after her first disastrous marriage and how long it took for her to pick up the pieces of her life. And it was lovely to see that and she was funny as usual, but I was surprised by how religious the book was. I know, the word "Mennonite" in the title should have clued me in but the first book also had that word in the title and it wasn't really religious.

Rhoda meets Mitch, who is kind of her opposite. She's a college professor, and he's a burly guy who drives a truck and doesn't strike me as being much of a reader. Yet, they're perfect together in a yin-yang sort of way. He's crazy-supportive when she's diagnosed with breast cancer. They deal with moving in together, with his cranky elderly father who lives with them, and his teenage son, with humor and sense. And yet, he's a Pentecostal and Rhoda starts going to his church and starts getting her faith back. And while I'm glad for her if that's what makes her happy, it's not my favorite thing to read about.

Now, I think this may be my fault. Because I enjoyed her first book so much, I really didn't read the description for this book. And the word "faith" in the subtitle was the real clue. Luckily, the book is still terrifically written, wryly funny, and brutally honest like her first memoir. If you don't mind a little religion in your memoir, you will love this book.

I bought this book at my local independent bookstore, Park Road Books.

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