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Grace for the Char-Baked Paperback – July 24, 2012
About the Author
Lisa Buffaloe is a joyfully in love with God, Christ follower, writer, speaker, radio host for Living Joyfully Free Radio, and a happily married mom of a young adult son. She's moved over thirty times in ten states, worked in banking, technology, and major computer corporations traveling the country as a systems analyst. She writes, "I'm not a perfect wife, perfect mother, or perfect at anything. I keep a fairly clean house, cook semi-decent meals, and love to write. I'm a real life woman with real life problems. I've made stupid mistakes, sinful mistakes, and often traveled down the wrong roads. God never gave up on me, never let go, and He welcomed me home when I stumbled back seeking His grace."
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It may be that this book is targeted to a younger audience and I just didn't relate. I think this book would hold more appeal for a college student or new graduate. If you are looking for a light hearted sweet short story this might be a good choice. This book is clean and could be shared with a young adult.
Charlotte's ineptitude in the kitchen is quite extreme, which gives her friends plenty of near-disaster scenarios to tease her about. Their relentless jokes about her lack of skill got a bit stale (pun intended) for me after a while, making me feel kind of bad for her despite the fact that her tendency for calamity bordered on unbelievable. I liked how Charlotte wouldn't let them stop her from holding the bake sale, no matter what, and how she was determined to prove them all wrong about her lack of kitchen skills. (No-bake recipes can actually be pretty good!)
The writing is decent; though the dialogue at times feels a touch stiff, it's not enough to hinder things. The one thing that struck me as slightly odd is that both Charlotte and Luke expressed a feeling of being called to the mission field, but it never seemed completely genuine to me. I had a hard time imagining either character in a mission field setting... their "call" to the field seemed more like something they "wanted" to want, rather than an actual calling. It wasn't a deal-breaker for me, just something I noticed and found interesting.
Overall, Grace for the Char-Baked is a mostly amusing diversion. Lost love is given a second chance, and the bake sale turns out much differently than Charlotte ever imagined. I wouldn't call it overly realistic, but then again, I don't necessarily want to read complete realism in my down-time. :) While it probably won't be extremely memorable for me in the long run, I did find it fairly entertaining while reading.
I give it 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars.
Lisa Buffaloe has crafted this fun, quick read that shares a humorous story with a great message. This romantic Christian fiction is an entertaining story that keeps the pages turning. The plot is simple and easy to follow, but the message about the reliance on God and placing Him first in every relationship and plan is crucial for our own lives. "Grace for the Char-Baked" is well written and will be enjoyed by many!
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
Great job, Lisa! I look forward to many more stories to come!
Meanwhile, returning boyfriend, Luke, comes back to town. She realizes she still loves him but they move in divergent callings from God. Can she survive the bake sale without burning down the town? Can she and Luke reconcile their opposite paths?
A pleasant Sunday afternoon read.