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Unlikeable characters and bad themes
on December 2, 2013
It's not often that I can't finish a book but I just couldn't with this one. It got to the point where the most I couldn't do any more than skim some pages.
There were too many things I just couldn't forgive, and I'll list them for your review reading pleasure:
1. Daniel's accent, and the accent of the other Australians in the story. The way that the author wrote it phonetically drove me bonkers. It kept jolting me out of the story. It just didn't flow naturally at all. When characters in a book are from a different background, as I reader I keep this in the back of my mind. I don't need annoying phonetic accent drivel written into the dialogue. It's much easier to prove people are from different places but their use of language and turn of phrase rather than trying to write an accent.
2. Rebecca. There was nothing about her that was remotely likeable. She seemed ignorant and rude. She gained a little more humility towards the end, but not much.
3. Daniel. He was horrible and provided no support to his wife.
4. The way the author referenced Aboriginal people. It seemed quite offensive, referring to one character as 'half-caste', and talking about Aboriginal people being cannibals. I am Australian and have never, EVER heard of any cannibal Aboriginal people.
5. Jim. I didn't understand why the author introduced this character, who Rebecca seemed attracted to (and he had to be American of course). Well, I do, because the consequences drove a huge part of the story, but it just seemed so ridiculously contrived.
6. What I hated most about this story was how the woman lost her spark in order to please the pathetic man she'd married. A man who distrusted her to the very end, and she still went back to him. I know it's a Christian novel and divorce isn't really an option, but to me it's more damaging and un-Christian to promote, via fiction, the message that it's OK to spend your life with someone who emotionally abuses you. Ridiculous.
Overall I'm really disappointed in this book and won't buy any of the books out of this series. I have read a couple of Bonnie Leon's Alaska series and though it's probably very historically inaccurate, I did enjoy them.