Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Spin the Plate by Donna Anastasi

Jo is a tattoo artist by day and she roams the streets at night looking for animals or people who are in need of help. She picks up animals who have been treated cruelly and takes them home and nurses them back to health and then finds homes for them. Jo is not a people person and does her best to put people off. Francis is a speech writer for a billionaire philanthropist. He meets Jo on the train one day when she is headed for work. He watches her from afar and finally rides the same bus again. They begin a friendship of sorts that Francis would like to make more. Jo is very leery because she was sexually abused as a child by her father. One day she tells Francis what happened when they were on the way to her uncle's birthday party. Francis puts Jo in touch with an attorney and tells her she needs to make her father accountable. Francis does not flaunt his religion to Jo, he just keeps telling her that God loves her. She rejects the theory at each turn and then finally one day she accepts what Francis has told her and welcomes the Lord into her life.

This was a very good book. I was not sure at the beginning that I was going to like it. But in the end it really sends a powerful message. Loved the fact that Francis was the billionaire but let Jo think he was penniless. Jo has such a tough image and it was nice to see that she could also be soft and vulnerable. In the end she takes charge of her life by turning it over to the Lord. The cover was ok, but didn't really lend anything to the story. All in all it was a pleasant read and one that I will recommend.

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