I messed up and missed the Monday Morning Musings post (again) so how about a review of a book I finished up late last night instead?
It is a Christian fiction book from my church library by Amy Sorrell published in 2014. My librarian recommended it and said several women in the church had “loved it.” I don’t usually read Christian fiction. I sometimes feel it lacking in depth and overeager to present the “message” which is important but many times just “preaching to the choir.”
In order to give a fair review, I’m going to answer some prescribed questions I found on a website for reviewers:
What was the setting? This novel was set in the deep South on a pecan farmer’s “spread”, which I found stereotyped and dated. I like pecans and the descriptions of the orchards were lovely, but the “pecans” were sugared and didn’t make believable reading.
How was the plot? “tricky?” intricate? sweeping? In a word, “predictable.”
Who was your favorite character? Vaughn, the grandfather of Anniston, the main character. He was the savior of Pricilla, his wife, the “fair one” when it came to parenting his children, and the “wise one”when it came to teenage angst.
How were the relationships in the book? The author set up some relationships that were interesting and promising, but the working out of the same was, again, “predictable.”
Would you follow the characters in another book? Definitely not. I formed no attachments to them.
Did you stay up late to finish? No, I used the book to put me to sleep when I was tired.