The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip

Reviewed by:

Sarah Lozier from Inkster, Michigan, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University in Upland, IN.



The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip


Sara Brunsvold


Revell a part of Baker Publishing Group

Publication Date:



Print book




Aidyn Kelley is a reporter at Kansas City Star who wants more out of her job. She feels she’s been stagnant at her job for a while now and deciding to get out of her funk, she emails her boss asking for a better assignment and no more fluff pieces. This doesn’t go over well, as she is almost fired. A chance to redeem her job and reputation comes in the form of an obituary for a resident at Sacred Promise Senior Care Center. In comes Clara Kip, an energetic, goofy, friendly, and spiritual older woman.

The story goes through the budding friendship between Clara and Aidyn as they both navigate this new era of their lives. Poor Clara is close to her end and Aidyn still has much to learn. Clara views Aidyn as a mentee in spiritual and life lessons, yet Aidyn just wants to write an article. She soon grows to like the old woman as she looks into Mrs. Kip’s history with her deceased husband and her life since. This story is a story of friendship, faith, and new chances.

Sara Brunsvold’s first book finally got published after many years. Her personal blog says that her shy 12-year-old self would be proud. Her first book has been successful so far with an average of 4.52 stars on Goodreads. She currently has another book in the making, which is yet to be announced.



4 stars

Suggested Audience

The suggested audience would range anywhere from young adult to older adults. It has truths and revelations that could apply to younger generations and older. The truths of friendship, religion, and new chances can apply to everyone. Everyone could learn something from either Clara Kip or Aidyn Kelley.

Christian Impact

Aidyn starts out the book being scared and ashamed of her spirituality. Clara Kip is on the opposite end of the spectrum and is open and unashamed of her religion. They help Charles Slesher, who is a resident of the Care Center, a friend of Clara’s who gets no visitors, as he lays in bed. Aidyn meets him for the first time, and they read Psalm 23 to him, and he begins to awaken and his condition improves. Clara says, “ours is a God of new life, Miss Kelley.”

This story deals with faith, how we approach our faith, and how our faith dictates our life.

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip

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