The Novelist

December 27th. 2009

My mom brought me a copy of Angela Hunt’s novel, The Novelist. The subtitle is “her story is only half the story.” Mom had read the book recently and said she couldn’t put it down. Since we share books often, I was going to take her recommendation to heart and move this book to the top of my ‘to be read’ pile. (A pile looking rather tipsy these days due to Christmas gifts and sale books found at a local bookstore, but I digress.) The Novelist grips the reader from page one–partly because its my fantasy on page, but mostly because Angela Hunt is a marvelous writer. With a few swift moving sentences, she sets up the characters, the family and a few conflicts. I was thrown off by the strange story starting within the story, but I just chalked that up to the mystery hinted at in the subtitle. There really are several story lines going on from the getgo and its a tribute to Angela Hunt that she keeps the lines from knotting. Plus, I appreciate that she irons out the questions by the end–like the strange story that is actually an allegory. Can’t say I loved the allegory running on but it served its purpose in revealing the novelist’s progression as a writer/spiritualist– and don’t put too much stock in my opinion on allegories, I don’t like puzzles either. This book is a thinking book. And a faith book. And a compelling book.

Never The Bride

December 26th. 2009

I’ll just admit it. I’m a huge Rene Gutteridge fan. The Boo Series? Loved it. So, when I was online the other day and saw a book she co-wrote with Cheryl McKay, I ordered it. From the title and back page blurb, I was expecting a “27 Dresses” for the Christian set. And to some extent, this was Rene’s attempt–or is it Cheryl’s–at what’s known as ‘chick lit.’ This story reads like its ready for its movie treatment, complete with great dialogue. My first hiccup though was when God was introduced as a character. These kind of things always give me the willies. So, then I’m thinking this is that 70’s movie “O God” for the Christian set. Maybe its a hybrid, but with better theology. Truthfully, though, I just never cared enough for the main character to stay with each and every page. I liked what the authors were saying about how God is the ‘be all, end all’ in a person’s life, but I never saw how the character came to that understanding. And I was surprised that some sub-characters could see God (as he was dressed in hunky human form) but others could not. Oh, well. This is why we call it ‘fiction.’ Anyway, the quality of the writing is not at fault, but this will not go down in top 5 fave of Rene’s books.

Let Them Eat Cake

December 18th. 2009

Maybe I’m a little late to the show, but I’ve just found Sandra Byrd’s novel “Let Them Eat Cake” and I’m saying pass the croissants, I”m in for the series! Loved the woman whose expectations have taken a reality hit, but she perseveres. The Seattle setting, the heavy French influence and the will she or won’t she debate is fun. I’m going to put the next book in this series on my Christmas list. I’ve been a good girl this year, Santa baby.