I’ve read my fair share of Francine Rivers books, I had all her books in college and read through them a few times. Her ability to create characters is amazing and one of my favorite things about her books.
While I love the way Rivers can draw a reader in through character development, but this one was a little too wrapped up at the end. The characters always accept God and everything turns out perfect and they have a happy ending, I understand this is ultimately the premise of every Christian fiction book. But as a Christian it is painful to see happy endings in books and movies all the time while real life is not like that. I found the end of the book the most wildly unrealistic, I won’t give it away but it felt very far stretched.
Having recently lived in California I found the location placement was fun to be familiar with although I don’t understand why she invented one fictitious town. Her ability to set up situations and build up tensions is amazing but much of the book is sadly, predictable.
I liked how both characters developed from strenuous upbringings and showed how people can come out of those both damaged in some way. Maybe I’ve been away from the Christian Fiction realm too long to enjoy books that are all wrapped up at the end. I was hoping for more unexpected situations and tension.
Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
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