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Were We All Reading the Same Book?
on October 8, 2012
I have read many works of Christian fiction. Some of them were excellent, with compelling storylines, interesting, well-developed characters, suspense, and satisfying conclusions. Others were dull, flat, plotless stories that went nowhere. Unfortunately, this book falls into the second category. I found Lizzie to be as shallow a character as they come, and the whole notion of her returning to her Amish community when her life and her daughter's life are in danger might have worked if there had been some suspense and some believable actions on the part of the other characters. But the suspense was nowhere to be found. Lizzie and Jacob acted like 13-year-olds on a first date even though they were married [albeit under bizarre circumstances]. With all the early talk about Eddie's "thugs" (cliches, anyone?), I expected that they would at least make an appearance and provide some conflict, but they must have been pretty dumb thugs if they couldn't do some investigating and find Lizzie. And why would they expect money from her anyway? That part of the story was so sketchy that I never really understood the relationship. After reading stories from authors like Hannah Alexander, Francine Rivers, and Lauraine Snelling [who, by the way, maintain the Christian feel without preaching or sacrificing what makes a story good], I can't understand why this particular mess was even published. It kind of makes me mad that I even wasted the few hours it took to read it, and I'm very glad I only spent 99 Cents for this sleep-inducing reading experience.
What puzzles me the most is how so many reviewers could give this book four or five stars. With all the excellent books out there, I will not waste my time on another by this author.