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- Print Length: 308 pages
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- Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (April 6, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B29QVOQ
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A Twist of Faith: Will a wager against her future steal her chance at true love? (Mitchell's Crossroads Book 1) Kindle Edition
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(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: 3.5 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. Plot points in sub-plots are dropped or not resolved. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. On the whole a solid twist on the Pygmalion/My Fair Lady story, but the flow of the story was not consistent. It seemed to be incompletely edited, as if some scenes were shuffled around, and the resulting rough edges were not polished off, leaving confusing bits, a few parts that apparently contradict each other or now come in an illogical order, and some weird jumps or gaps. Which is a shame, since there's an excellent story somewhat obscured by the lack of polish.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Both Reese and Dee have people in their pasts who betrayed them in some way, which makes trust a challenge for them both at different points. Loved educated-farmer-and father Reese, and Dee's growing realization that her father's prejudices have influenced her to a point that reality keeps shocking her. Dee changes a lot, but there's transformation for each of them. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. While I was less certain of my thoughts on Alex, Reese's family and their interactions are wonderful. Especially loved his children, and how his family talks sense into him several times near the end.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.5 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, and word errors, including a few major mistakes. Some awkward sections, as mentioned in relation to the plot, and related errors, including a few strange word choices and one place with 2 possible words were both left in ('it only took the right trigger to boil ignite'). Good use of POV (Dee and Reese). Generally skillful writing. The choice of words that give each character a unique voice and accent is especially wonderful.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Both Reese and Dee have people they need to forgive in order to truly be able to move on in their lives. Dee also meets God's love for the first time, and accepts his grace for lost people rather than feeling she needed to work for God's approval. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. Dee's mother is an alcoholic, and Reese's first wife cheated on him with his brother-in-law, but those poor choices are shown to have negative consequences which Dee and Reese must work to forgive. Dee is impressed with Reese's respectful treatment of her and his sweet avoidance of sexual temptation.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. I’d enjoy reading it again.
So I mentioned how much I laughed, but there are touching moments that had me holding my breath, serious moments that had me near tears, and swoon-worthy moments when Dee and Reese realized that God has something planned for both of them together. I wanted so much for Dee and Reese to succeed in their career dreams, but more importantly I wanted them to succeed as people who have full happy lives, filled with faith, love, and family. Pepper Basham brings all this together with an interesting twist of faith and leaves room for more helpings of future stories to come.
By the way, I think I gained 10 pounds from just reading about all the food that Mrs. Mitchell prepares for her family. Ms. Basham it may be time for a cookbook or at least some recipes to keep hungry readers happy. And I can’t leave out Haus, the grinning dog. He gradually works his way into Dee’s heart just like God does, winning her over with his loyalty and love.
It is hard to put into words just how good this book is. It is laugh-out-loud funny. It is heartbreakingly tender. It is full of faith and family and fun.
This is the first book that I have read by Pepper Basham, but it will not be the last. Her characters are so real and she does a perfect job of letting the reader inside their thoughts.
Reece Mitchell is such a manly man, but such a loving father, brother, and son. If you don't fall in love with Reece when you read this book, you need to go back and read it again.
Dee is so needy and lonely and Reece is just what she needs. I just wanted her to find the love that she deserved - first from God and then from Reece.
The secondary characters fill this story with love and the reality of family. I am looking forward to reading other stories about this family - the Mitchells. In the meantime, I might just have to read this one again!
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A couple of downsides for me were: 1) the completely polished accent that Resse had at the end seemed like a bit of a jump 2) it seems Reese had zero reservations about going into a relationship with/exploring his attraction to a non-believer (Dee - the female protagonist).
The secondary characters are also very well-written and add such wonderful flavour to the overall story. As the first in a series, 'A Twist of Faith' title offers the perfect introduction to a new series and makes me want to keep on reading about the other characters as their own stories develop.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it. I'm pretty sure I will read it again and again. This book gets 4.8 stars from me.
Thanks to LPC books and the author for granting free access to this book for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
What I *wasn't* expecting was the way this book swooped into the deeper themes of grace and dreams and what it means to find 'home'. The characters enchanted me with their brokenness, and my heart alternately soared and plummeted along with what was going on in the novel.
Then, the last 3-4 chapters happened. I already knew I was emotionally invested in what happened with Dee and Reese, but those last chapters? WOW! I simply love books where God's love and grace are enabled to shine so vividly, and the closing chapters brought me to tears.
Reese is a family man in the best sense of the word, and as he and Dee work together, the gears of their pasts mesh and jam in fits and starts.
A Twist of Faith is a treasure, and I will read this story again and again. The sheer beauty of the author’s prose stalled my reading at times to ponder the word pictures. Rather than taking me out of the story, they deepened my appreciation. For example, Reese’s silent observation that Dee “wore lonely like a raincoat.” Makes you think, doesn’t it?
I fell deeply in love with the entire Mitchell family, but of course Lou and Brandon leapt right into my heart. Children add such a delightful dimension to a story!
Although Dee’s wager was to transform Reese from mountain man to suave professional, her own life undergoes an even more dramatic transformation. And the journey is delightful, heart-warming, and soul-stirring.
A Twist of Faith is a wonderful, beautifully told story, and I look forward to the next in this series. This book easily earns five stars and is highly recommended.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, with no expectation of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Both characters take a spiritual journey of finding God and learning forgiveness gives you freedom. The story highlights how your preconceptions of other people can be so very wrong and that it is important to take time to get to know people and not assume things about them.
There were many entertaining moments and phrases throughout that had me laughing, smiling and swooning. One phrase that sticks out to me is “Ain’t is not a word.” This phrase was repeated over and over again and made me laugh each time because this was something my dad used to say to me all the time when I was in high school.
I felt like I really got to know these characters and by the end I was happy that I already had book two in hand so I didn’t have to say goodbye just yet.