September 15, 2008

The Cubicle Next Door by Siri L. Mitchell

I went to the library on Saturday to load up on books. I wanted to have a pretty good supply on hand since I might give birth at any time and don't know when I can get to the library again. I shudder at the thought of trusting my husband or mother to pick out books for me.

With physical strain in mind I was looking more at physical characteristics of books than good writing. I wanted books that were small-ish, lightweight, easily hefted by a small tired hand. And so I ended up with this little jewel, which I normally would have stuck my nose up at.

I didn't realize at first that this was technically Christian literature. I tell you, Christian literature has come a long way in recent years. The last time I tried to read it there were only two types of characters: those being born again and those waiting in the delivery room with outstretched latex gloves, shouting Hallelujah. Then there was this great book, and now this one. I certianly thought it was very clean, but had no idea it was meant to be Christian literature until I finished it and saw the publisher's mark. Harvest House.

Anyhoo, this is a book about a 31 year old woman, Jackie, who works as a civilian systems administrator for an Air Force Academy. She's dismayed to discover that half of her precious office has been turned over to a new instructor for the academy, Joe. She's determined to hate him, but ends up falling in love against her will.

Sounds predictable, right? And it is. But Mitchell writes in a way that makes you develop a crush on this guy too. And I always find the lack of sex in a romance to make it more exciting. The sexual tension runs very high.

To top it off, Jackie has a blog. She only has a small readership and her blog is completely anonymous. But when she begins to blog about Joe her readership goes through the roof. I think this must have been written in early blog days though, because Mitchell's idea of crazy blog traffic has nothing on the big bloggers we all know and are jealous of love. To make it even crazier, Joe hears about the blog and starts reading it, and begins quoting Jackie to herself without realizing it.

There's only one thing that rubbed me the wrong way about this book. In every romance, there has to be an obstacle that one character has to get over in order to accept love from the other person. And that obstacle in this book is just not adequate. Jackie never knew her parents. Her father died without even knowing she existed, and her mother abandoned her within hours of her birth. She lives in fear of turning out like her mother and repeating the scenario, so she's decided never to get involved with anyone. That just doesn't fly. It doesn't even make out of the hangar to be honest.

This was a quick read, I read it all yesterday afternoon. And I was sorry it was done so soon. The most lasting effect it left me with was the blogging aspect. Jackie's approach to blogging really interested and impacted me, hopefully in a positive way.

Highly recommended for a fun, light read.


  1. This one looks good. Sometimes quick reads are just what I need!

  2. This was an interesting book.

    I’m part of the Book Blogger Appreciation week and I wanted to thank you for all you do to help promote books.

  3. I have seen this book around and wasn't quite sure about it. I know if you enjoyed it, then I probably would, too. Especially since her name is Jackie.

  4. Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Off to see if I can get it from


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