Marilyn’s thoughts: This is a novel filled with emotions and struggles that Violet Funk endured during her life. It is a very engaging book with my heart going out to Violet but her faith carried her through after the years she battled mental illness found in Laugh, Clown Laugh. Her new faith was strong and her artistic talents led to opportunities to share her faith. There is plenty of drama filled action throughout the tale, and to think one woman endured much of this in her own life, with the story being based on the life of the author’s mother. Violet’s immediate family, father, sister, aunt and others are true to life characters with some longing for the faith they felt and saw in Violet. Add in some pets for Jane, Violet’s daughter, and you have a fun filled story.
I would recommend reading Laugh, Clown Laugh before reading Missionary to Oddballs to see the full drastic change in the life of Violet Funk. Haavig created a heartfelt emotional read of her mother that will touch readers’ heart. I look forward to reading more books by Haavig as she releases them.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. I have expressed my own thoughts.