Age before Beauty by Virginia Smith
(Sister-to-Sister Book #2): A Novel

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What will she give up to have it all?

Allie Harrod is ready for a new career. She doesn't want to go back to full time work and risk missing her baby's first smile. But she does want to contribute to the family income, and a home-based business seems like the perfect solution. Sure, she dropped out of Girl Scouts because she was lousy at cookie sales, but selling makeup is different, right?

Still, the challenges Allie faces seem to be rising as fast as her credit card balance. None of her clothes fit, her mother-in-law is driving her batty, and her husband only leaves the couch to go help his beautiful--and single--coworker with her home repairs. What's a working girl to do?

A lighthearted story of family and finding focus, Age before Beauty is the second book in the Sister-to-Sister series.

"A fun and touching story of motherhood, marriage, and sisterhood."--Sharon K. Souza, author of Lying on Sunday and Every Good & Perfect Gift

"Smith entertains and enlightens through down-home characters you can welcome into your heart like family."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of The Outsider

"Smith strikes a beautiful balance between humor and poignancy in her tale of one woman's struggle to be all: wife, mother, sister, and daughter."--Tamara Leigh, award-winning author of Splitting Harriet and Faking Grace

Virginia Smith is the author of eight novels, including Stuck in the Middle. In 2008 she was named Writer of the Year at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She and her husband, Ted, divide their time between Kentucky and Utah, and escape as often as they can for diving trips to the Caribbean. Learn more about Ginny and her books at

About Virginia Smith

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Some authors will tell you they dreamed of becoming a writer from the time they could hold a crayon in their chubby little hands," says award-winning author Virginia Smith. "I'm not one of them." Though she has been an avid reader since childhood, Ginny didn't try her hand at writing until her mid-twenties, when she read a story in a magazine and thought, "I could do better than that!" Thus began a long and painful lesson: writing well is harder than it looks. Since she apparently wasn't destined to become an overnight sensation as a novelist, she embarked upon a career in the corporate world, raised a family and wrote in snatches of time after the kids were in bed. And she collected a pile of rejection letters for her stories-one hundred and forty-three of them-before her first sale. Eventually, that first sale did come, and today Ginny says she's grateful for all those years of rejection. "While some people seem to know intuitively how to write, I had to learn the craft. I'm eternally grateful that my early attempts weren't published. Some of them were really awful." After the release of her debut novel in 2006, Ginny left her job as a corporate director to become a full time writer and speaker. She has since published dozens of novels, articles and short stories. Her books are aimed primarily at Christian readers, and she writes in two genres: humorous contemporary fiction and romantic suspense. In March of 2008 she was honored to be named Writer of the Year at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. An energetic speaker, Ginny loves to exemplify God's truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, "Biblical Truth in Star Trek". When she's not writing, she and her husband, Ted, enjoy exploring the extremes of nature: snow skiing in the Utah mountains, motorcycle riding on the curvy roads of central Kentucky and scuba diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean. You can stay in touch with Ginny through her Web site.
Published February 1, 2009 by Revell. 321 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although light and humorous in tone, the issues Allie faced were real and they were dealt with in a real way, as were the subplots in the novel, including Allie's relationship with her sisters, her mother-in-law's marital woes and Allie's husband's friendship with a female co-worker.

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