Katt’s In The Cradle is the third collaboration between authors Ginger Kolbaba and Christy Scannell
in the Secrets from Lulu’s Café series about four pastors’ wives from Red River, Ohio. Each of the
wives: Lisa Barton, Felicia Lopez-Morrison, Mimi Plaisance, and Jennifer Shores, faces the same problems as
many dysfunctional families, but they also share the unique stresses of being the wife of a pastor who is
expected to rise above and be of help and service to their church’s parishioners.
One of the wives has a mother with a lifelong mental illness, another has an alcoholic father who has moved
in with her family because he has no place to go, yet he still drinks and is belligerent. One family suffers
from estrangement and secrets. Other dilemmas include pondering expanding families by either adoption or
pregnancy, but possibly the most upsetting of all is the church members who have turned against one pastor
and his family and now threaten to fire their leader because they don't like the direction in which he is
leading the church.
The women meet secretly at Lulu’s Café twice a month. They share lunch, laughter, tears and frustrations.
As the book progresses from a spring full of disruption, through the emotional upheaval of summer, the
ladies learn to open up to each other more and more, and to remember to leave things in the hands of God
when they don't know what to do.
Although the book was a bit confusing to me at first due to the number of characters, this was probably
because I had not read the first two books. As the pace picked up about a third of the way through the
story, I found it to be engaging and enjoyable. There were a couple of loose ends left, particularly about
a letter received from the birth mother of an adopted one year old. The letter arrived early in the book,
but was barely mentioned again. Perhaps the authors did this intentionally, saving that story for another
book. The writing is very consistent and emotionally charged, with plenty of drama and more than a touch
of humor. Katt’s in the Cradle should appeal to most adult women, but also to people who have a
modern Christian faith, both men and women alike. A very enjoyable read!