On a Someday is a novel about the challenges faced by fifty-somethings. An empty nest, busy lives, looming retirement, aging parents – the main characters in this book, Jim and Claire Westin undergo a series of struggles and decisions.
Henke is a North Dakota author who has written about some of her own life experiences, albeit in fiction form. Her first novel, After Anne, was loosely based on her coping with the death of a close friend. I had already read that book when Henke came and spoke to our mom’s group at Church. Little did I know that I would be living out an After Anne story of my own before long. Henke’s ability to touch on the things that women grapple with, and find a way to see God’s grace throughout, is one of the charm of her books.
Despite my enjoyment of her novels, On a Someday sat on my shelf for years. I was never in the mood to read it. I wasn’t fifty-something then. It didn’t apply to me. But now I am that age, and the book really hit home. I’m grateful for Henke’s perspective, and her ability to point out what truly matters.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009