I’ve been looking forward to this review for weeks. I love when authors tackle difficult subjects and don’t pretend that people wearing the name of Christ always remember that and act like it.
However, as I started reading this book, I instantly became uncomfortable. Still, sometimes we have to see a little ugliness to appreciate the beauty.
If only that ugliness didn’t have to be quite so vivid. I don’t want the kind of details I’m given about what goes on in the privacy of someone’s bedroom even if it is “off-screen.” And I was given more than I could handle–from more than one perspective and more than one “relationship.”
Truthfully, I read farther than I should have because I could see what the author is doing with this story. It’s an important topic. Unfortunately, it’s done in a way I just can’t read, and I’m sorry about that. I gave my word that I’d read this book, and I just couldn’t.
What I can tell you:
Many reviews on this tour give this book high praise. Reviewers mentioned the issues I had, but some said it got better later. From what I can tell, this is a very redemptive story. Additionally, the characters do focus on the Lord even in their messy selves (and isn’t that what we want?).
The writing has a few problems–mainly, point of view shifts within scenes and an awful lot of telling/explaining. However, if the other issues weren’t there, I doubt it would have affected a star rating for me. I’m not sure, but I don’t think so. Additionally, some sections got a bit preachy.
As it is, I won’t be leaving a review because that would be unjust to the author. My personal comfort zone is not her fault. That said, if the book had included a synopsis that either alluded to or outright said what the topic of the story was, and was forthright about that the sexual content in the book, I would not have requested the review copy I received.