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Crispens Point: A Christian Novel (The Blackberry County Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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When I first started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. I thought the descriptions were rich, and the character development was adequately strong. I did find quite a few typos that a good spell checker might have caught, and there were some formatting issues. What was disappointing is that the storyline lacked flow - too many unnecessary diversions that did not tie into the main plot or theme of the book. The hidden secret of the main character was not even hinted at until almost at the end of the book, and by this time it is a surprise that adds little to the story, or the character. However, the author manages to provide a good read in spite of these inconsistencies.
The female author created the male leading-man's psyche much more accurately than most. She must be married to one of us or something.
Character development, story line and flow make Crispens Point an interesting read.
That one line was enough to toss the book. Glad it was free.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4.5 -- Plot has many unique elements and no major holes. Surprises and sweet scenes. My favorite is probably the tornado. Setting is believable and consistent, but it bothered me to never know exactly where "Blackberry County" is.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth. A good cast of interesting characters, all with unique and enjoyable personalities. Truly well done.
Writing and Mechanics: 4 -- Few, if any, typos or word errors. Decent use of alternating POV, with a few head-hopping errors. Generally skillful writing.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Love can come from unexpected places; our assumptions aren't always correct, and our lives don't have to match others'. Hiding from God's plan doesn't work; peace comes from doing as God directs. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all--though they were part of several teenagers' bad choices, they are clearly not encouraged, and their consequences are clear.
Personal Enjoyment: 5 -- I loved it. It made me feel in all the best ways, and leaves me content and satisfied. New favorite.
wiped her out and she had a hard time even leaving the house, and sometimes her bed, let alone an international flight which would probably take 15-20 hours and all the traveling normally wears out a healthy person, let along someone with cancer all through their body. The author needs to do more homework on these things when she is writing or bounce parts of the book off someone who knows about what is happening, like what someone going through cancer treatments can and can't do in most cases.
The other issue is that the book read a lot of times like a news story, just relaying the facts, father than making the reader feel like they are in the story and experiencing everything with the characters. The author also would often put several different character's perspectives in the same paragraph, which is a pet peeve of mine. Stick to one perspective and if you need to jump to another perspective, somehow indicate that you have done that so the reader isn't confused or wondering how one character knows how everyone is feeling. I read a ton of Christian fiction and know a lot about writing and editing, Deanne Gist is an author who is very good with all these things I mentioned above.
Other than those things I liked the plot but I was expecting more romance between the pastor and Charlotte at the end, just being honest. God bless as you continue to write for His glory!
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