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Hey, Friend–Do you know what it’s like give to 100 percent and still feel like it’s not–and you’re not–enough for anybody? To be caught between caring for an aging parent and raising young children? I lived in that place for four years. Ivy Schneider lives in this place, too, and she isn’t at all happy about it. Her husband Rusty spends ten months a year on tHey, Friend–Do you know what it’s like give to 100 percent and still feel like it’s not–and you’re not–enough for anybody? To be caught between caring for an aging parent and raising young children? I lived in that place for four years. Ivy Schneider lives in this place, too, and she isn’t at all happy about it. Her husband Rusty spends ten months a year on the road singing in a gospel quartet, and her mom gets sicker every day, requiring increasingly more care and time. Ivy’s dad took off years ago but still comes around–for free meals. Her brother and sister are more than happy to let responsibility rest on Ivy’s shoulders. Maybe she could handle it all if only her darling three-year old terror, Trixie, would just “go†on the potty. Who will take care of Ivy while she takes care of the world? No one, it seems. Then Ivy runs an ad in the paper to find folks like herself: women of the “sandwich generation,†squeezed between the demands of raising young children and caring for an aging parent. Soon she and the other women of Club Sandwich are building uncommonly deep friendships, witnessing the reality that in fact no woman can be everything to everybody, and discovering firsthand that they can do more than they imagined possible with the help of each another and with a strong dose of faith. If your life is about caring for others, I dedicate this book to you. Welcome to the club. You are most definitely not alone.Grace,Lisa...

Title : Club Sandwich
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ISBN : 9781578568857
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 357 Pages
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Club Sandwich Reviews

  • Just - The romance reader
    2019-04-04 01:37

    I enjoyed this book pretty good once I reached somewhere around the middle of it. It was a little bit of a slow starter for me, but I really wanted to like it so I stuck with it. The book contains a good message about what it means to truly live in ones faith and hold strong to family values, even in our darkest times. Plus Ivy the protagonist really speaks her mind, and her humor is witty and a bit snarky, which I like.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-09 02:07

    2.5 stars. On a quest to find a contemporary Christian author I can unequivocally enjoy, but it may not be possible. I liked it enough to consider reading another by the author, and I can recognize its strengths in the genre, but I have a hard time giving it three stars. (One thing I could not comprehend is that anyone would name an innocent child Bellatrix.)

  • Jerry
    2019-04-03 04:44

    The story itself was good, but the writing seemed to jump around a lot, and none of the characters were very admirable, especially not the protagonist/narrator.

  • Lindy
    2019-04-12 03:50

    I only managed to get about a third of the way through the book before giving up. I simply wasn't enjoying reading about the main character who was perpetually whining about her absent, obese husband who was offer pursuing dreams of gospel singing glory, while she was stuck at home caring for her children and elderly mom, working for her partying/drinking brother in the family sandwich shop - and feeding their deadbeat dad whenever he showed up. This, is, of course, when she wasn't worrying about her married-well-but-unhappy sister and her sister's ungrateful, spoiled children. I'm sure the author brought about some meaningful, happy, blessed ending, but I couldn't endure reading thru the martyrdom any longer to get to it. I didn't find it awful - just not entertaining or interesting enough to hold my attention - even for a casual bedtime read.

  • Paige Redwine
    2019-03-22 00:49

    This fictional story revealed the stresses of a woman around my age. She's caring for children and aging parents. Her husband travels a lot. The story unfolds in showing God providing answers to her prayers and hope for the days ahead. It's humorous and easy to read. I enjoyed it!

  • Jonathan Norman
    2019-03-29 21:53

    Another incredible story of authenticity and grace. I really identified with Ivy's ability to connect to her true human self, sometimes petty, jealous and ungrateful but real and honest. Samson always does a great job capturing flaws and creating real characters in need of God's grace because of those flaws. Like Ivy, I'm always chasing the idea of who I think I should be, and I'm encouraged by her acceptance of herself in her own skin.

  • McKenna
    2019-04-05 05:58

    I thought that the writing voice was engaging and the style good, and it's a bit refreshing to read a novel written as a memoir from a conservative woman's POV. I liked it up until the end, when *SPOILERS* **********************************her husband comes back and owns up to his crap, at which point her personal accountability goes down the drain and she suddenly stops owning up to her own mistakes. She mentions them after he apologizes like once, but they never have a candid conversation about what she was doing. Before that point I liked how they showed her mental process of wanting a relationship with Mitch but at least in theory not being okay with what she was doing. Also, the sum-up of what happened at the end was a bit much for me. The style changed, and it was like a movie in which the ending is voiced-over instead of shown.Other than that I was a big fan.

  • Cindy
    2019-04-21 02:51

    Ivy is caught between caring for her kids at home and worrying about her mother's failing health. And she has to do it all on her own, while her husband travels most of the year with a Christian quartet. Her new friends help her with some major changes in her life. I found this one in the library and thought I would give it a try. I've never read any by this author. It was a clean read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. It starts off really slow and I got bored, so I skipped ahead to see if it was worth continuing. It did pick up towards the last 1/3 of the book, but that's a long way in. I was hoping for more. Not terrible, but not worth reading again. I haven't decided if I'll give the author another try.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-17 22:54

    This book is about a woman who is pulled in many directions by her family. She takes care of her mother, her husband is always out of town - a gospel singer, she cares for children from age 3 to teen, and both her father and her father-in-law are also living in her house. Her mother doesn't know her husband is living in the basement because they have to keep it quiet as they are divorced. She also helps run her mother's restaurant where her brother (who is an alcoholic) is the chef. She has a sister who thinks money solves all problems. Anyway, it's about the ups and downs of being caught in the middle of generations. After reading this book, your life may seem very uneventful. Lisa Samsom writes with compassion, humor and is delightful in her presentation.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-22 00:51

    I liked the premise of this book - the story of a woman caring for her kids and her aging mother - although some aspects of the execution are a bit weak. In fact, the actual "Club Sandwich," a group of women with similar issues, sort of spontaneously appears in the book and isn't actually developed much. The narrator states up front that she is Christian and conservative, and most details relating to these two traits did not resonate for me. She doesn't quote scripture, but she does talk about God, Jesus, and church. However, I thought the characters and dilemmas were interesting enough to persevere.

  • Laura
    2019-04-01 02:00

    This is so far been my favorite Lisa Samson book. Her books are just always so real, there is no fluffy Christian faith in them. I wasn't too sure when I picked this book up that I would like it, but within the first two pages I think, I was already hooked. Samson writes characters like you would not believe. They are real people with real problems and you feel like you get to know them, at least for a time.

  • Ann Lynch
    2019-04-16 05:40

    BORING!!!!! It takes halfway through the book for the 'club' to even begin meeting. The main character complains she has too much on her plate, yet complains that no one else does anything, and keeps taking on more and more responsibility. Just say NO! Yet 3/4 way through the book tells one of the club members to do the exact opposite of what she is doing!!! Would not recommend. Just kept reading to see if it got any better. It didn't!

  • Lisa
    2019-04-08 03:37

    I read this book a few years ago, and enjoyed it. But as I find myself being squeezed by demands from different generations, I have a greater appreciation for the challenges faced by the main character and especially her responses. As with Lisa Samson's other books, her characters are real. I appreciate Samson's honest portrayal of the Christian life.

  • Danni
    2019-03-23 01:44

    This was quite an interesting novel. I felt bad for the main character because she had so much on her plate. Reading this book made me tired.I liked the idea behind it that everyone needs some support from family and friends.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-27 00:40

    I read this book a while ago and really enjoyed it. I felt like I was right there with all of those characters. I also liked that the christian life was presented in an everyday, realistic way that the majority of us can relate to.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-31 04:44

    Listened to the audio book. Enjoyed it but the situation was artificial and somewhat contrived. The exploration of the sandwich generation issues was good, but didn't all quite work.

  • Becci
    2019-03-28 01:55

    having cared for an aging parent and young kids I could really identify with the story.

  • Larissa
    2019-04-07 21:42

    Great book about an average life.Slow start, almost gave up, but came to see that the book is for real people living like me. Great book, check it out!

  • Lori
    2019-04-15 02:43

    Not loving this...I keep rolling through it because I think it might get better. Samson's writing style is jumpy and inconsistent.

  • Jeni
    2019-03-27 22:05

    Couldn't finish it. And I'm a big Lisa Samson fan, but this took so long to hook me that I became the reader who got away. Slow, slow start.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-04 00:51

    bleh. I couldn't even get into this book. I need a little more inspiration in my inspirational fiction.

  • Pam
    2019-03-31 22:05

    sad marriage, mom struggling with kids, diner, etc.

  • Traci
    2019-03-22 01:07

    This was a fun read for the most part with some good human interaction and how we all need and feel the same things, just in different ways.