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Good only if you are into "Christian romance"
on August 1, 2011
I started to read this after looking at the 20+ glowing reviews for this Kindle ebook - I will now be more skeptical! I must admit that this book is not bad. I am tempted to say "not bad for a free book" but I do not believe that one gives up the right to be critical just because a book is free. The storyline is reasonably interesting for the first third of the book. Then there are several big flaws that caused me to give up reading entirely after I was halfway through.
Briefly, these are:
(i) the story gets extremely repetitive probably because the author had a page count to meet and not enough story to keep going. How many times do you expect me to read the same old paragraphs about how Livy's past is keeping her from getting closer to Jake, and how the street kid just doesn't trust an adult. A couple of times is OK, but all the time?! There are also all those examples of stilted writing trying to be romantic. I just couldn't bear one more reference to green eyes and crooked smiles. Enough is enough.
(ii) While the book doesn't start with an obvious Christian feel, it becomes very very dominant about 40% of the way in. What starts off as an average, moderately interesting story turns into a book that soon talks all the time about the role of Christ in life, and how the sheriff wished he had taken the old guy to Church and saved his soul, and how the orphanage lady was acting the way Jesus would have, and so on. Half way into the book, the evangelism gets so blatant that the story line comes secondary and completely stagnates. Nothing wrong with talking about God but at least give people an advance warning - preferably in the title of the book!
In summary, this is not a bad way to spend a day or two, and if you can plow through the stagnant story line and heavy Christian references that peak about half way through, you may actually make it to the end. I didn't, but that's just me :)