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Piercehaven: Welcome to the Island (Volume 1) Paperback – November 9, 2017
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I usually don't go for heroines who cry as much as Emily does, but the fact that she's fully aware of her tendency toward "waterworks" makes a difference. Her tears don't seem like a heavy-handed attempt to make the reader feel for her. Besides, Emily isn't a weak or wispy damsel. She's got some fire and tenacity. When the time comes for her to stand up, she STANDS UP. That's the kind of heroine I appreciate.
Now, while I'm a longtime fan of ChristFic, some of the "Jesus speak" and calls to salvation usually feel weird to me in novels, as was the case here. I also wasn't too drawn into the story's romance; the characters' feelings for each other pop into the foreground before there's a real chance to see why they've come to feel that way, exactly.
Still, there's plenty about the novel that had me (literally) applauding, and if there's a sequel coming, that's a definite plus.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, for which I've given an honest review.
Emily Morse has her first teaching job, and she's excited. The folks on this small Maine island are excited too--well, as excited as they get about anyone new on the island. Everyone else has always been there. Not just since birth. No, for generations. They don't think she'll last long. The winters are enough to scare most folks away before the winter even ends.
Actually, the only thing that really excites the town is basketball.
But Emily falls in love with her students and then with a Bible-reading hunk. She wants to stay. Even after being informed that she will in no way fail or even give low grades to basketball players. Their teams (both boys and girls) have many times over taken the golden ball--the state championship. The basketball coach belligerently informs her, and the principal backs him up. What?
But then Emily discovers the dirty secret held by the island, the school, and the teams, and it all goes downhill from there.
You don't want to miss this one.
I received a free copy of the book from the author. There were no requirements for a positive review, so the opinions and evaluations are my own.
But the students are a different story. They live for basketball and aren’t inclined to read or write or learn. Her fellow teachers are jaded. The Phys Ed teacher thinks he rules the school by virtue of being the basketball coach. After all, the girl’s team has a state championship title to defend. And she finds high school politics are a lot more complicated in a small community than she’d anticipated.
Piercehaven is a small community where everyone knows everyone else (and they’re probably related), and no one pays any attention to a newbie English teacher who will probably be gone at the end of the year.
The proofreading was excellent, but writing was solid at best. There were times when my writer/editor brain wanted to take a red pen to my Kindle. But the story was compelling—more than compelling, especially towards the end. Piercehaven ends up being a gripping tale of what happens when too many people would rather look the other way than confront the status quo. The majority is not always right.
A good read for those looking for Christian fiction that’s a little out of the ordinary. Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review.