Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Dysfunction Junction by Robin W. Pearson

Posted February 18, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Robin W. Pearson, women's fiction / 26 Comments


Dysfunction Junction book review

Dysfunction Junction by Robin W. PearsonDYSFUNCTION JUNCTION by Robin W. Pearson
GENRE: Contemporary Women’s Fiction (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2024
PAGES: 331

When three women receive an unexpected phone call that leaves them reeling, they have no other choice but to reckon with a lifetime of memories they’ve long tried to bury. Only in facing the past will they find their path forward.

Frances Mae Livingston’s firm grip of her family’s destructive history makes her hold her husband and four children even closer. But she’s losing bits of herself while proving to everybody and her mama that she’s enough. There’s no way she’ll repeat her mama’s mistakes, even if it kills her.

Annabelle McMillan didn’t have trouble kicking the Eastern North Carolina dust off her feet. The tough part was replanting herself in familiar soil. Now she’s blending her old life with her new husband, stepson, and unborn child. And battling old memories of abandonment and new fears of rejection.

Dr. Charlotte Winters has built a career around helping others sort through their emotional baggage. She’s also spent a lifetime refusing to unpack her own. So what if Charlotte doesn’t recall all that her mama did to her and what her daddy didn’t do for her? Her only mission is to help others help themselves…until the women from her past and the man in her future undo her well-sewn life.

At the junction of healed and hurting, broken and whole, and past and present, three women wrestle with their inability to forgive and forget in this riveting Southern family drama about sisterhood from award-winning author Robin W. Pearson.


Frankie, Annabelle, and Charlotte each have a different perspective on their shared & troubled childhood, based on their birth order and personalities, and each is at a different place on the road to healing. And though I personally had an upbringing that was the polar opposite of what the sisters in Robin W. Pearson’s Dysfunction Junction experience (something I don’t take for granted), every family tree has dysfunction in its branches. Which means that every reader can relate on some level to the layered characters Pearson brings to life in this redemptive story.

“Listen, Frankie, there are two places I’m not goin’ with you – and that’s back and forth.”

I very much enjoyed getting to know these three sisters in all their chaotically beautiful glory. Frankie, who as the oldest sibling stepped into a mothering role as a child, now spends her days wrangling her own kids as a homeschool mom… but she finds it hard to completely relinquish that role in her sisters’ lives too. Annabelle may have been the one to leave but now she’s back home, adjusting to life as a wife and stepmom and expectant mom while navigating adult relationships with her equally-damaged sisters and the decisions that must be made about their mom. Charlotte, the baby of the three girls, helps others unpack their own emotional baggage while steadfastly ignoring her own … at least until it all comes to a head with one life-upending phone call and a new relationship she can’t bring herself to end like she’s done all the others. The sisters’ sassy banter with each other felt real and affectionate, and even if it did help them to avoid the tougher conversations it also kept them grounded in each other and delighted me as a reader. And then there’s Miss Hattie who is an angel of mercy to these girls – then and now – clearly sent by God to be His hands and feet and heart in their lives.

“He remains our Abba Father even when our earthly fathers and mothers abandon us, die, move away, or plain don’t care.”

Bottom Line: With eloquent prose and poignant insight, author Robin W. Pearson walks her vibrant characters through the intersection of brokenness and healing in her latest compelling novel, Dysfunction Junction. The depth and sensitivity with which the author tactfully grapples with tough issues of neglect, addiction, and abuse ensures that every page radiates grace, pointing to the restoration and wholeness that only Jesus can bring when a wounded heart is willing to do the work. Frankie, Annabelle, and Charlotte leapt straight into my heart, and I was solidly invested in each character. A moving novel in every way, made all the more enjoyable by Pearson’s warm writing voice, smooth pacing, and snappy dialogue.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Robin W. Pearson

Robin W. Pearson’s writing sprouts from her Southern upbringing, her belief in Jesus Christ, and her love of her husband, seven children, and their dog, Oscar. Her novels are “rooted in the soul of the story” and include her Christy Award–winning debut, A Long Time Comin’, as well as ’Til I Want No More, Walking in Tall Weeds, and her latest, Dysfunction Junction. Robin has corrected grammar up and down the East Coast in her career as an author, editor, and blogger and in her calling as a homeschooling mama of many. She loves to share about her faith and her family because they’re the source and subject of her fiction—in her novels, in the new characters currently living and breathing on her computer screen, and in the stories waiting to be told about the experiences at her own kitchen sink. Follow her @robinwpearson and sign up for her blog and newsletter on robinwpearson.com.

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26 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Dysfunction Junction by Robin W. Pearson

  1. Debra Pruss

    Intriguing title. I have to say that alone is pulling me in to read the book. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  2. Sandy Avery

    Thanks for the review. This story about family issues sounds well done and worth adding to my reading list.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Dysfunction Junction” by Robin W. Pearson>

    What a wonderful sounding book. Definitely one I would love the opportunity to read and review.

  4. Nancy

    I would like to read Dysfunction Junction by Robin W. Pearson because it sounds like an interesting story.

  5. Patty

    I have yet to read one of Robin’s books, but I know I have her first on my bookshelf. I think I need to correct that. This sounds like a good read.

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