Title: The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs Kip
Author: Sara Brunsvold
Published: 5th July 2022
Genres:Women Writers and Fiction
Start Date: 23rd November 2022
Finish Date: 25th November 2022
Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she’s been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who’s just entered hospice care. But there’s more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she’s not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it’s a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that’s just what Mrs Kip will give her—but she’s going to have to work for it.
I received this book for free from Love Books Tours. I believe this is the first book this year where I read a book like this with no romance. It is a fantastic debut, I can't wait for what Sara writes for us next. This is also a great example of a fulfilling book that doesn't rely on romance.
I found this book moving and powerful. Mrs Kip is at the end of her life, which I think is an important demographic that is often given the backseat in fiction. Sara obviously has intimate knowledge of what the days are like for hospice patients, and I applaud her for shining a light on such a valuable and poignant part of life on this earth. I was hooked from the beginning and highlighted many quotes from this solidly Christian book. It's the type of book that moves you to love more deeply. It could have been a sad and heavy book, but it wasn't. I did cry and tug the heartstrings, but it's also filled with joy and suspense.
Some books are good, and some have you turning the pages but every once in a while, there is a book that changes you. In this case, a character. Mrs Kip had a spirit that was bigger than this world and a personality to match, and the way she loved made me want to love better. As she crosses paths with Aidyn, it's wonderful to watch her grow from seeking the feature spot at work to embracing life like Mrs Kip. I enjoyed every page of this book and I challenge anyone to read it and not find themselves leaving it changed, wanting to make the most of every moment given to us.