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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Um, the cover is pretty?, June 29, 2012
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This review is from: Refuge on Crescent Hill: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
First and foremost, this book is not classified correctly. It's either a mistake or an intentional misdirection. This book is _very_ religious, to the point of belonging on that inspirational rack in grocery and big box dept. stores. It reminded me *a lot* of the formulaic and Christian romance/quasi-mysteries by Grace Livingston Hill that I read as a teen (they are not great books). As a result, it was quite predictable. I had to skim the last half to make sure I was right about how it ended (I was).

To the author/publisher: please modify the description to include the heavily religious theme. I'm sure there is still an audience for such a book, but I'm not it, and I can't be alone. If it had been described correctly/honestly, I would never have read it, and there would be one fewer 1-star rating.

Second: I was fairly horrified to catch the implication that the character's childhood friend spanks her kids and talks about it, and she's not a villain. I have zero respect for adults who inflict violence on children and hating a character early on who was supposed to be likeable made it even tougher to get through.

Third: people who play video games aren't evil. The only person who plays video games in this book (World of Warcraft (WoW)) is one of the bad guys, and it's not like it's coincidentally just a thing he does. There is nothing else redeeming about this character, which leads me to believe that the WoW playing was meant to be another of his bad qualities. (You guessed it, I play video games, including WoW.) Actually, I'm surprised he didn't play D&D, except that he didn't seem to have any friends.

Fourth: The plot needed a little work but minus all the Bible reading and sermonizing, it has promise. The subplot (mystery about a runaway slave on the Underground Railroad and some things he stole) was overshadowed and didn't need to be. If most of the religious stuff was stripped away, and some of the story was fleshed out a little, it would be much improved.

Side note: the price for the Kindle version of this book is bananas. At the moment it's $9.99 and that's the _sale_ price. I'm relieved beyond all belief that the only thing I wasted was time, because I read it for free.
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