Lauraine Snelling has produced another treasured book for and about women in Saturday Morning. It is the story of a group of women who band together to save a San Francisco women’s shelter. Hope Benson tries to save the shelter from developers who want the property. Her pregnancy makes her unable to keep the shelter safe, so she is joined in the fight by three other women who meet at a farmer’s market.
This novel, published by WaterBrook Press, is about the power of friendship. The four women who are the main characters of the story all have some dilemma, but they work together to save the shelter and to keep it in its original location where the farmer’s market sets up. The forty-three chapters tell of Andrea’s search for a happy marriage and career blend, Hope’s struggle through a difficult pregnancy, Julia’s search for her missing daughter, and Clarice’s dealing with the disappearance of her husband.
One stirring episode involves a police raid on the shelter’s Sunday church service and the discovery of drugs on the premises. Andrea, “Andy,” is the strongest character and she starts a successful business selling herbs; just as the business takes off her husband decides to move. Andy’s husband nearly dies with heart trouble, yet she takes care of him and they come to grips with some of the problems in their marriage.
The women become treasured comrades as they each struggle in their own unique set of circumstances, while ministering to the shelter’s clients. They learn to trust God and each other. The characters are strong and believable, and it is written with good dialogue and scenes that portray the situation realistically. Saturday Morning infuses a spiritual message which makes it worthwhile reading. I recommend it to women who know that life is seldom of the “Leave It To Beaver” variety.” – Elece Hollis, Christian Book Previews.com
Broken by life’s disappointments, four women forge a friendship that leads in unexpected directions.
Hope Benson is determined to do all she can for the broken souls who come to Casa de Jesus, a women’s shelter in the heart of San Francisco. When a difficult pregnancy forces her to relinquish control, she draws support and strength from an unlikely group of women, each struggling with her own heartbreak.
Andy Taylor, a reluctant transplant to California, was compelled to leave behind her lavender-growing business and her home of twenty-some years to support her workaholic husband’s pursuit of career success. Attorney Julia Collins is searching for her teenage granddaughter, believed to be living on the streets. And Clarice Van Dam’s life has been shattered by the disappearance of her husband, who appears to have relieved her of all earthly possessions except a fur coat and her overnight bag.
Drawn together at the weekend market held in the shelter’s parking lot, the women pool their resources to fend off an unscrupulous conglomerate that threatens to replace the facility with a commercial development. As they fight to retain this haven for women in need, they find their own longings for home answered by the solace of faith and friendship.