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Milk Maid in Heaven or Maybe not?
on June 12, 2011
When I decide to enter a contest on goodreads the book has to meet my criteria: a good synopsis, and a genre I read. So when I won this book on goodreads I was pretty excited, a romance novel that sounded great, but I was soon disappointed.
This is a difficult book for me to review, I don't want to say I didn't like it, but I'm really not sure how I feel about it. First I would not consider 'Milk Maid in Heaven' a romance novella. Instead I would classify it as a Christian Romance novella. Originally I thought the main character was just a spiritual person finding God while he was in prison, but as the book progressed it became clear that Christianity was a prominent part of this story with scenes of prayer and divine intervention. In the past I have attempted to read Christian fiction to no avail, the only exception for 'Milk Maid in Heaven' is that I finished it, something I wouldn't have done had I not have won it.
The author's writing style, the dairy farm theme, or the prisoners work release program gave me the perception that this story took place many years ago (I envisioned the 1940's) but with the mention of milking machines and the internet I was taken back. I think a sub-titled timeline at the beginning could have really cleared up my confusion, as at times the story didn't read like it took place in modern day society.
While Bayarr did touch on Mitch's troubled childhood I would have liked to read a little bit more about it, and the same goes for Emily and her relationship with her Mom. I did however like the surprise component at the end. Overall, if you're looking for a wholesome read, or books with a strong Christian presence, read 'Milk Maid in Heaven,' but if you don't like books centered around this theme then this one's not for you.