by Camy Tang
Author Website: http://www.camytang.com/
Available in paperback. Zondervan, 2008; ISBN: 0310274001; 336 pages.
Sometimes the best really is saved for last. The final book in the Sushi Series centers on Venus. A brilliant computer programmer and video game designer, she has worked hard to get where she is. She's beautiful, thin, intelligent and hard as nails, but no one in her current company gives her any respect. A coworker breaks into her apartment to steal a secret program Venus needs to start her own company, then this same coworker receives the promotion Venus is obviously best-suited for. Meanwhile a new opportunity arises: to work for her old boss. It wouldn't be so bad if she didn't hate his guts. Oh, but why does he have to be so gorgeous? And then enters Grandma, matchmaker extraordinaire, networking genius and shrewd businesswoman. Is she really as bad as she seems? Or is Venus more like her than she wants to admit? Add to all this Venus's self-absorbed mother who re-enters her life with great expectations.
Tang delivers with spectacular characters, authentic details and goosebump-inducing romance. But this book is more than a great read; it encourages and challenges readers' faith. How much do we really trust God? Are we genuine in our devotion to Him? Or is our spiritual life just another routine?
Final Thoughts: I loved it. This was definitely my favorite of the three. It left me wanting more.
PS: Did anyone else notice there are four cousins and only three books? That's right; poor Jen has been relegated to supporting roles. I have it on good authority -- Okay, I emailed the author to find out! -- a fourth story will be released as an ebook, but you can only get it if you're part of Camy's Yahoo fan club. Visit her website for details. I believe it's coming out sometime this winter.