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    No one is immune to tough times

    No one is immune to tough times, including Liz and Dan Burgess. A downturn in the economy affected Dan’s home business. Liz worked in the business with him, but with no money coming in she is forced to seek employment outside the home to keep them from losing their house. It is unthinkable. Their house, designed by Dan, is the only home their children have ever known. Leaving her family to go back to the corporate world is truly difficult for Liz. She worries that things will not get done in her absence, that Dan is having an affair, and that she will turn back into the person she used to be, the corporate go-getter who did had neither patience nor understanding of women who had families. Liz has a wonderful circle of friends who are very loyal to one another and ready to help each other with the any problems. When it becomes evident that one of their friends is in an abusive marriage, Liz suggests they work to raise money to support a shelter. Though they each have their own issues to worry about, they are a formidable force when they work hand-in-hand. Sharon Wright’s novel RUNNING TO STAY UPRIGHT is about real-life circumstances, but is ultimately positive in tone. It is definitely not a depressing story, but rather one of hope, of courage in tough times, of love, and of the bonds of friendship. A lot happens to the Burgess family, but to give too much information would mean including spoilers. The characters are numerous, but I had no trouble keeping them straight. The author does a fantastic job describing them in a way that makes them each memorable. This is quite a task when there are so many who add to the story. The plot progressed quickly and kept my interest from page one through the end of the book. I have to mention the cover. When I first saw the cover, I could not get over the fact that it did not look like the cover for a book I would read. I just didn’t get it. While reading the book, a lightbulb lit up, and it made perfect sense. This is an excellent lesson in not judging a book by its cover before you’ve read it. I give RUNNING TO STAY UPRIGHT five stars because a book with a plot and characters that pulled me in so completely and didn’t let go of me until days after I finished it, can only be a five star book.
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