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I enjoyed the last half of the book, but nothing much happened in the first half and it was boring. The author uses “was” a lot, because so much of the story is just told about. It didn’t pull me in until near the end. There were also mistakes. Here is a sampling:”
Capitalized sociology in “Sociology class”
Used “fiancée” for the male “fiancé”
Uses omniscient point of view at times
Used “alright” for “all right”
Had poorly written sentences, like “Clay just knew wanted to spend more time with her.”
I was very disappointed, especially with the first part of the book, although the last part was better. However, the ending would have been stronger without so much extra summarizing on what happened to everyone.
I'm not going to give away anything of the story. But if you like good, clean, Christian fiction, this is what you need. You can read it as a stand alone, but I would advise you to read the whole Morgan family and the True Cover series. You will not regret it.
Ruth Kyser, thank you for sharing the Morgan family with us. We eagerly expect your next book.
(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: 2.5 -- Plot has a few unique elements, but is generally uninteresting. Significant portions of the plot are irrelevant distractions. Maybe half the story is weird side bits (like Laurie being dragged to a party by Katie or the whole Fred's wedding deal) or overloaded with unneeded details (planning and preparing events, or describing the ranch house in detail TWICE, or lingering on family history). Setting is decently clear, but the timeline is rather vague and has significant errors. When specific dates are given, they don't actually line up (like Fred announcing his wedding in 3 weeks, and then they spend 2 weeks in Montana and 3 in Chicago before returning for his wedding), or short periods of time are made to seem vastly longer than they were.
Characters: 3 -- Main characters are mostly realistic and somewhat dynamic, but not especially interesting. Though we see Clay and Laurie traverse their relationship, learning along the way, I still didn't feel like we knew them well, and I wasn't invested in them. Minor characters are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. We only get surface glimpses of Laurie's friend and Clay's family. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed, but what is there is generally good. We're told Clay and Laurie spend lots of time together, getting to know each other, but we don't really see any of that, and they apparently never have the fairly basic conversation about how her parents died.
Mechanics and Writing: 2.5 -- Frequent typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. Seems incompletely edited, with repeated words, missing words, strange word substitutions (like mixing up be and me, or if and it), etc. Generally solid use of POV (alternating between Laurie and Clay, at times mostly Clay and other times mostly Laurie). The writing style lacks polish overall, and occasionally detracts from the story. Often repeating the same things over and over, such as almost always calling each of Clay's family members by their first and last name AND explaining who they are.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Laurie learns that she needs to truly commit herself to God, and to trust God to direct the lives and deaths of those she loves. Clay learns to forgive her and leave her in God's hands when she leaves. They both end up praying for each other and wishing the other is safe and happy above their own longing to be together again. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though Clay does get caught up in violence in his work in Chicago.
Personal Enjoyment: 2 -- I’m not a fan. Some good bits, but reading it felt rather like a chore. Not one I plan to re-read.