My first thought when I saw the title of this book was “What an unusual title!” I was not but a few pages in before I was certain I could not read it. After all it had not been so very long ago that we spent six months in a hospice center with my mother where she spent her last days. It was still too fresh and often painful to remember. However, having committed to a review, I persisted and am so glad I did.

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip was truly an extraordinary story. At times it was very difficult to read due to my own memories but Aidyn and Clara’s interaction was such a profound experience that I think everyone should read it. Despite her obvious daily decline, Clara had such strength of spirit and was determined to fulfill the Lord’s mission to Aidyn before her death. Clara’s own story is one of self-sacrifice as she lived her life for God.

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip is poignant yet also humorous at times. Mrs. Kip is a character that one would do well to emulate. I wish I had had her as an example early in my life. This is a MUST READ!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


A throwaway assignment is about to change two lives forever

Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she’s been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who’s just entered hospice care.

But there’s more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she’s not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it’s a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that’s just what Mrs. Kip will give her–but she’s going to have to work for it.


Sara Brunsvold¬†creates stories that speak hope, truth, and life. Influenced by humble women of God who find his fingerprints in the everyday, she does the same in her life and her storytelling. Sara’s recognitions include the 2020 ACFW Genesis Award for Contemporary Fiction. She lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri, where she can often be spotted writing at a park or library.¬†Learn more at