How the conversation with myself goes when I have a book I’ve been dying to read.
Me: Just one more chapter.
Conscience: Why? You know how it’s going to play out.
Me: Because it doesn’t feel like I know.
Conscience: That makes no sense. Besides, you have a novella to finish.
Me: I owe them this review.
Conscience: That’s just an excuse.
Me: I know. But the book is so good.
Conscience: You already read a book today.
Me: But I still owe them this review.
Conscience: You know what’ll happen. In fact, you know what you can write. Just write it now and finish later:
Me: Who’s the conscience here? I have to finish before I can review.
Conscience: Sigh. Here we go again. Look, you have a novella due.
Me: And you need to sleep. You’re confused. Go away and let me finish.
Conscience: Fine. Whatever. But don’t come whining to me when you’re in a time crunch.
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It went just about like that.
A few weeks ago, I was supposed to have read a book and reviewed it. The problem? It hadn’t arrived. Well, it came that day. Murphy’s law and all. But I’d scheduled myself pretty tightly, and I didn’t have time to read it. But I’d peeked. Oh, yeah. I’d peeked. And it looked good.
Well, yesterday, was still on a reading high from Kerfuffle, (link good 8/19) and grabbed this one. My conscience protested. I had things to do. Yeah. Well, I had this book to read as well. And you know what? I’m not sorry I did. A Name Unknown is that good.
And now, the sequel has just Jumped to the Top of my 2018 Wish List.
Yep, I’m dying to read the sequel.
But you know what? It all was. Roseanna White is that good.
The characters, the plot, the twists, everything—I called them. I think anyone could, really. But Ms. White sends you on a journey through this story that makes you surprised at what you already expected. That is some seriously good writing. She gives you just enough description to hold you in place but without so much that your senses are overwhelmed with it to the detriment of the story.
Characterization? SPOT ON. I loved what she did with all of the characters. They were perfectly imperfect, wonderfully original, yet relatable and sympathetic.
But the spiritual element is what I want to focus on most in this book.
Ms. White does a beautiful job of showing a man whose heart is completely in the hands of the Lord, who is a “good” man because of the Lord, and a flawed man because of himself. She shows faith and love for the Lord as interchangeable elements of trust in Jesus—of yielding our wills to His.
And she does every single bit of it so naturally, so beautifully, that not once did I rush reading through it. I lingered, absorbed, savored.
Historical anachronisms? None. Boring bits? Nada. Critique? Only one. The next book isn’t out yet.
I think what is so beautiful about this book is that it opens with an unreliable narrator and closes with that problem solved. Recommended for everyone who just loves good fiction. As for me, I’m dying to read the sequel.