Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith
(Sister-to-Sister Book #1): A Novel

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Joan Sanderson's life is stuck.

Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family, and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is stuck at home with Mom and her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement--or romance.

When a hunky young doctor moves in next door, Joan sets out to catch his eye. But it won't be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentlessly, and Joan is sure that she can't compete. But with a little help from God, Allie, and an enormous mutt with bad manners, Joan begins to find her way out of this rut and into the life she's been hiding from.

Book 1 of the Sister-to-Sister series, Stuck in the Middle combines budding romance, soul searching, and a healthy dose of sibling rivalry that is sure to make you smile.

"A gentle story of one young woman's season of growth, deftly blending the tangle of family relationships with gifts of whimsy and revelation. A joy to read."--Sharon Hinck, author of Renovating Becky Miller and Symphony of Secrets

"Virginia Smith has created a charming and humorous novel that celebrates small-town life, generations of women caring for each other, and the value of finding a deeper, more active faith."--Sharon Dunn, author of the Bargain Hunters mysteries

Virginia Smith is a writer of humorous novels, a speaker, and an avid scuba diver. She launched her career as a novelist with the release Just As I Am in 2006, and has been writing fiction ever since. 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. Visit her website at

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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, 2008 by Revell. 337 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I love a book that sticks with me. Weeks after I put it down, it still comes to mind and continues to make me think.

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The handsome doctor her age makes Joan realize that there may be more to life than settling for living at home, getting up every morning to go to an unfulfilling career and wishing she were living one of her sisters' lives.

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After Joan Sanderson gets her heart broken when her long-time boyfriend, now known as Roger the Rat, unexpectedly marries the office bimbo, she feels more stuck than ever.

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