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Book & Cover Review of "Divine Appointments" by Charlene Ann Baumbich

Divine Appointments: A Novel (A Snowglobe Connections Novel)
Book Review
Divine Appointments: A Novel (A Snowglobe Connections Novel) is a VERY timely novel. The main character, Ms. Josie Brooks, is a 47-year-old business analyst who is regularly hired by companies to help them trim the fat (downsize) and improve their bottom line. When her latest company begins laying off employees off of her list of suggestions things don’t go as she imagined. This story gives an insightful look into many modern topics, including employee relations, peer support and finding new employment after a lay-off, and being single into your late 40s while experiencing early menopausal symptoms (and most of us thought raging hormones in your teens was perplexing!)

As someone who has lived through a lay-off in the last two years I found this book hard to put down. The feelings relayed of those laid off were very insightful and the sheer variety of reactions seemed fairly true to life compared to what I and others I know have experienced in a similar scenario. How I wish we had all thought to start an encouragement club like these employees do to support one another and share job leads like they did!

There is a supernatural element to the story in the form of a magical snowglobe featuring a river and lush greenery. I won’t spoil the fun and explain it, but it was an interesting twist that was woven rather well into the overall story. This book was an enjoyable read which I feel many people today, particularly women, would relate to – whether they’ve been laid off themselves, or have feared it during the recent economic downturn.

Book Cover Review
Since the unusual snow globe featuring the river and greenery is a theme woven throughout the novel, the cover is definitely fitting – though if I hadn’t read the back cover I might have wondered if it was a tool of divination or a crystal ball … and not a snow globe? It does grab attention though, and the text on the back cover is clever and cinched the deal for me. I like the chosen title font, and the color appears to be pulled directly from the art within the snow globe to tie the piece together. The font used in the author information isn’t as eye-catching and the color is more subdued, though also pulled from the water on the table near the snow globe. I do believe this was intentional, in order to make the title and other elements stand out more.

The back cover design is not as impressive, but with a large amount of text there wasn’t much room for design to maintain the copy’s readability – therefore I think the artist has maintained a consistent look and stayed out of the way of the back cover text, which I think is the deciding feature for this book in order for it to fly off the shelves and into readers hands.

* This book was received from the publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah, as part of their Blogging for Books program.

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