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- Print Length: 284 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 163213408X
- Publisher: eLectio Publishing, LLC (July 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0743MS95H
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Characters. She wrote honest, relatable characters that made me love and hate them (as I should) and all without making anyone too perfect or too evil. Ruth, in particular, has some serious flaws and virtues that both work together and clash at the best times. Her flaws are real and keep her from becoming a “Mary Sue.”
Story. Seriously, this is a fabulous story. She brought in elements of the war that not every WWII book handles and she did it well. I learned new aspects of the war that I’ve never seen in Christian fiction before. And she did it without making it all about some guy and some girl getting together.
Writing. For the most part, she has some strong writing skills and she uses them well.
Inconsistencies in style. In one part, inner thoughts are shown in italics. In other places, they’re left with the regular narrative, and a few times ones in quotes appeared to be thoughts instead of speaking to herself. Now, I received what I assume is an advance reader’s copy, so this may have been addressed in the final document. I did not doc stars for it because it didn’t change my opinion of what I thought of the book. I only mention it because I know it really bothers some people.
God’s pronouns not capitalized. Honestly, this is the one thing that irked and jarred me the most. I know not everyone does it. And, let’s face it, it’s becoming less and less common in some circles. But when I see God referenced as “he” and not “He” I start looking for other characters. When I see Him addressed as you and not You, I wonder who I missed.
Agenda. I can see that Matchett is trying to show the prejudice against women working during the war and the harassment they received for it. And, I get why. It’s called reality. Putting it in there makes sense. But at times the stupidity and resistance of almost every male became a bit like modern husband/father bashing—where the guy is just too stupid to be taken seriously—it just became cliche for the book. Weird to say that, but it was.
But those minor flaws, and really, the second one isn’t all that minor for me, didn’t change the fact that I loved the book. I loved Ruth’s journey. I loved her brother, her parents, her friends, the new friends she makes, and her dogged determination not just to get “her story” but to find the truth. Frankly, if they made this book into a movie, you’d really need to get into The Doctor’s TARDIS and go back to the 40’s so Rosalind Russell could play Ruth. Because I see Ruth as serious competition for the reporter in His Girl Friday.
"Under Fire" is a Who, What and Why clean mystery. Ruth is a journalist, during World War 2, determined to find her sister or to find the real story of what really happened to her. Her search leads to danger and even to England under the guise to report about how World War 2 affects people living there.
"Under Fire" is written very well and filled with characters that are easily understood and easy to either like or dislike. The ending has a surprise that I really didn't see coming , but all I will say to that is not everyone is what they seem to be.
Ruth doesn't like for her family to remind her to trust in God and is angry with Him, and is surprised to find a gentleman in England that is also a Christian, so does she finally learn to rely on Him and does she learn the truth about Jane, her sister? I know the answers to these questions and so many more because I read "Under Fire" and I recommend anyone that likes mysteries to pick up a copy and read it for themselves.
This book has violence such as guns and a hit and run but nothing too graphic and I would recommend this book for a mature teen and adults.
I am hoping that the last words of this novel "What Next indeed? " means this book is a start of a series because I would love to read more about Ruth Brown and her journalist journey.
I am giving "Under Fire" by Linda Shenton Matchett 4 stars instead of 5 stars because I think the story should have told more about how Jane was finally found, I won't say if she was found alive or dead because that might be a spoiler alert.
I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit and these opinions are my own.