The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard

The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
Published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins

Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell has gone missing, and everyone in her town is left shaken, scared, and imagining the worst. The neighborhood boys, more than anyone else, create stories in their minds about what happened to Nora, fixating on her disappearance throughout much of their lives.

The Fates Will Find Their Way is quite an interesting novel. The book is told in the collective first person (“we” instead of “I”) which was probably my favorite thing about it. I saw this device work well in The Weird Sisters, and it worked well here too. The fact that the neighborhood boys are telling this story, which is more about them than about Nora really, in this collective voice, created an alluring, atmospheric quality that I find difficult to explain, but one that I really enjoyed.

Unfortunately, I wound up being disappointed by almost everything else about this book. The novel was much more about the boys (and later, men) than it was about Nora, and I just didn’t quite get why these guys were so obsessed with her. They would create elaborate schemes in their minds as to Nora’s whereabouts, to the point where sometimes I would forget that the scenarios being described were not reality. It was just … strange. And I wasn’t particularly interested in all the drama these guys created and described – I found myself being annoyed by all the “noise” I guess you could say. What I really wanted was a story about Nora, and what I got was a story about a bunch of self-centered teenage boys who were strangely fixated on one particular person from their pasts.

I listened to the audiobook of The Fates Will Find Their Way and I must admit that I think I would have liked it better in print. The narrator had a very deep, monotone voice – the kind of voice that could have easily put me to sleep if I let it. I did feel like the quality of the writing was very good, so perhaps if I read the book in print I would have had a better experience with it.

While I didn’t enjoy much about The Fates Will Find Their Way, I can appreciate what the author was going for with this read. The quality of the writing is very high, and the style gives the book a compelling, interesting angle with which to view the events within. I know that other bloggers felt more positive toward the novel than I did, so perhaps you might enjoy the book more than I did.

Ordinary World by Elisa Lorello

Ordinary World by Elisa Lorello
Published by AmazonEncore
Review copy provided by the publicist

Andi Cutrone is six years into her blissful marriage to her husband Sam, is a published author, and a tenured professor at Northampton University – basically, she has everything she ever wanted. All that is shattered when a horrific car accident takes Sam’s life, sending Andi into a world of pain and depression unlike anything she’s ever known. On the advice of a friend, about six months after Sam’s death, Andi travels to Italy to take some time for herself and attempt to regroup and heal from her loss. While in Italy, she reconnects with an old friend, Devin, the guy who inspired her years ago and helped her become the woman she is today. Their renewed friendship lifts Andi up, and she starts to believe that maybe she will be happy once again.

A few months ago, I read and loved Faking It [my review], the first novel by Elisa Lorello, so I was thrilled when I discovered she wrote this follow-up novel. For the most part, Ordinary World lived up to my expectations – and I did have rather high ones, since I loved the first book so much – but I have to admit that I did like the first novel a bit better than this one.

What I loved about Ordinary World is that Andi is the same Andi I’ve come to know and love from the first book – the exact type of character the reader can’t help but like. In this novel, she goes on yet another personal growth journey, this time it’s to find herself again after her husband’s death. In the beginning of the novel, her depression is palpable, her sadness is so clear on the page, and my heart just broke for her. I cannot imagine losing my husband – it’s something I avoid thinking about at all costs – but I am sure that if something that unspeakably horrible ever happened to me, it would be next to impossible for me to “get over it”. There’s just too much pain and grief there, and Lorello wrote that part of the book extremely well. I could feel Andi’s grief along with her, and I just hoped so much for her to find hope and happiness once again.

While Andi is the same old Andi from the first book, Devin has changed quite a bit. He’s grown up a lot, he’s matured, he’s made some decisions about what he wants out of life and what is truly important, and I have to admit that I had a difficult time adjusting to this new (and improved) Devin/David. Once I got used to him, though, I was happy to see his progression and I rooted for him and Andi to figure things out and finally make it work as a couple. There was a lot of push/pull with the two of them throughout this book and while that made for some sexual/romantic tension, it got a little annoying after a while. These are two adults who just had the most difficult time admitting their feelings for one another. I didn’t quite get that – I wanted to scream at both of them. But I was happy with the resolution of the novel and admittedly, it was fun reading along while they slowly found their way there.

Ordinary World, like its predecessor, Faking It, is chick lit with a lot of depth. These books are perfect for when you are looking for something light but still want to feel emotionally connected to the characters and the story. I liked Ordinary World as a sequel, I think it wrapped up things nicely for Andi Cutrone, but I would definitely recommend reading these two books in order. So make sure you go back and read Faking It first!

Bent Road by Lori Roy

Bent RoadBent Road by Lori Roy
Published by Dutton Adult, an imprint of Penguin

Arthur Scott has tried to avoid the fact of his sister Eve’s death for over twenty years, to such a degree that he left his hometown in rural Kansas and never looked back. But when the 1967 race riots in Detroit make him fear for his family’s safety, he moves his wife Celia and their three children to a home on the road he grew up on, Bent Road. Arthur and their oldest daughter have no problem with their new small-town life, but Celia and their two youngest children have more trouble adjusting. Celia doesn’t understand the beauty of small-town life, and she really doesn’t understand the complexities and intricacies of Arthur’s dysfunctional family. And when a young girl in town disappears, all of Arthur’s buried family secrets surrounding his own sister’s death threaten to come to the surface, changing this family forever.

I want to begin by saying that this book is nothing like I expected. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I did end up happy with it, but what I am saying is don’t go into it with any expectations. I was expecting a literary thriller – Tana French style – and that is not at all what Bent Road is. Just sayin’.

Instead of being a literary thriller, Bent Road is more of a character study revolving around two mysteries – what really happened to Arthur’s sister, Eve, and what happened to the missing little girl. While these mysteries are important aspects of the story, and the answers are revealed by the end of the book, the mystery aspect of the novel is secondary to the character development and the study of Arthur’s family – the family he created with Celia and the family he grew up with and has now come back to.

Arthur’s family of origin is dysfunctional with a capital D. The character my heart most broke for in this novel was Celia, because she was basically forced to live among this family she didn’t know much about, hadn’t spent any time with in the twenty years she and Arthur had been together, and came to find out that there are serious family issues, and to top it all off her mother-in-law didn’t much like her. It was sort of a train wreck waiting to happen and I really admired Celia at one point in the story because she does stick up for herself and try to protect her three children among all the chaos and drama surrounding them.

The writing in Bent Road is really fantastic and while the I would consider the novel to be of the slower variety, I was immersed in it. Completely. I loved how Roy played her characters against one another, how she built these relationships and how she wrote such distinctive, descriptive, interesting people. Yes they were dysfunctional and not emotionally stable people, but they were incredibly interesting to me and I couldn’t stop reading to find out what they would do or say next.

I read Bent Road for book club and we actually got to chat with Lori Roy over Skype, which was pretty cool. We had the opportunity to ask some questions about what her motivations were for several of the aspects of the book, which I think cleared up some things for me. Getting the chance to speak with the creator of a novel is such a great experience – it made the book so much more real to me, more tangible I guess you could say. Very cool.

While I can’t say I loved every single thing about Bent Road, I thought it was a solid novel and overall I wound up being very satisfied with it. I had a little trouble with the fact that it was so different from my expectations, but if you go in knowing this is not a thriller, or even a mystery in the traditional sense, you will be much better off. Expect more of a slower paced, character-driven novel and you will probably be a happier person in the end. I would definitely recommend Bent Road if you enjoy those types of novels.

The Sunday Salon

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Good morning and happy Sunday everyone! This morning finds me slightly exhausted after a long work week and then a fabulous evening out with some friends last night. As you probably know, I’m a bit of a homebody so I don’t find myself having nights out on a too frequent basis, so it was nice to get out to Mojo’s Cajun Bar and Grille for a coworkers’ going away party last night. The food was good, the drinks were delicious, and the company – yes, the same people I spend all day with, every day – was excellent. It’s always fun to have a night like that every once in a while. Plus, hubby was out of town for the weekend so if I didn’t go out with friends I probably would have been bored since Saturday is typically our date night.

Anyway, today I plan on the usual Sunday stuff – a few errands, writing up a few blog posts, and hopefully lots of reading. The sun hasn’t shown itself much yet today – it’s been a very stormy weekend – but if it does decide to come out, I’ll head over to the pool for a bit.

I’m trying a new thing with the blog where I post three reviews every week. What I’ve always done in the past is post very sporadically. I’d be good and do a post every day for two weeks or so, and then I’d slack off and the blog would be empty for a week, etc. Not good. I think disciplining myself to three reviews per week will create more consistency in my life and obviously in my blog. I did this last week and I think it worked well, I plan to get three reviews written today so I can schedule them for this week. Let me know your thoughts on this new idea of mine.

Well that’s all I’ve got for now. I’m off to get the blog writing started. What are you up to this Sunday?

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane

The Girl Who Disappeared TwiceThe Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane
Published by Mira, an imprint of Harlequin
Review copy provided by the publicist

Casey Woods is the frontwoman of the unconventional investigative team Forensic Instincts, an organization of four people who solve crimes using techniques and tactics outside the boundaries of what the FBI and police typically do. When Casey is called by the honorable judge Hope Willis to solve the disappearance of her young daughter Krissy, she gets right down to business, getting to know Hope, her husband Edward, and their nanny Ashley. But what she finds out soon after arriving at Judge Willis’ home is that Krissy’s kidnapping isn’t the first to happen to this family – thirty years ago, Hope’s twin sister, Felicity, was kidnapped from their family home, never to be seen again. And now this family has to go through the same nightmare all over again – unless Casey and her team can find Krissy.

I don’t read a ton of mystery/suspense type books but I do tend to enjoy the ones I pick up, and that was certainly the case for The Girl Who Disappeared Twice.  This isn’t your standard mystery novel because there’s quite a bit of family history in the background, which makes this story more than just about what happened to Krissy but also what happened to Felicity all those years ago. To be honest, I don’t know if I would have enjoyed the book as much had there not been the Felicity aspect to it. It really made the story whole for me, adding a sort of mystery-within-a-mystery thing that kept me guessing.

Casey Woods is a great character, and I took to her immediately. She is tough (of course), can read people extremely well, and doesn’t hesitate to do what needs done in order to solve the crime. I loved the dynamic between the members of Forensic Instincts – Kane wrote characters that complement each other really well, and I can see myself wanting to read more about this team if future books about them are published. One aspect of the novel I could have seen more of was the relationship between Casey and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Hutch, a member of the FBI (I think FBI – maybe police). Their relationship was touched upon, but I didn’t feel like I really understood the dynamic between the two of them and I would have been happy with a little more character-building of Hutch. This isn’t a huge gripe, but I do feel it could have enhanced the story.

As far as the mystery aspect, I was definitely kept on my toes throughout the course of the novel. Of course I had feelings along the way, and there is a turning point in the story at which I figured out the essential elements of what did happen to Krissy, but overall the book kept me guessing. The plot has that Lifetime movie feel to it, which I kind of liked – it wasn’t a gruesome serial killer type book, it was more about family secrets and that kind of drama, how someone you think you know and trust for years and years can betray you so horrifically. Personally, I like these kinds of mysteries better than the serial killer type, so it worked well for me.

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice is an interesting, exciting mystery novel with some great characters. I’d be more than happy to learn that Andrea Kane is going to make this into a series (not sure if she is, but it seemed like it at the end of the book) and would definitely pick up another novel starring Casey Woods and Forensic Instincts. Recommended.

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

My One and OnlyMy One and Only by Kristan Higgins
Published by Harlequin
Review copy provided by the publicist

Divorce attorney Harper James is shocked when her younger sister, Willa, announces that she’s engaged to the brother of Haper’s ex-husband, Nick. Harper and Nick married young, divorced quickly, and haven’t spoken much since – but as soon as Harper sees Nick again, she remembers exactly why she fell for him in the first place. Due to a weather issue, Harper’s flight back home after the wedding is cancelled, and Nick offers to drive her – which means the two of them are alone together for a few days. Although Harper has a boyfriend of several years back at home, she can’t help thinking about what might have been with Nick as she realizes that they truly might get another chance to make things right.

It is extremely rare for me to even think about picking up a romance novel. Therefore, when I received a copy of My One and Only as a surprise from the publisher, I set it aside, thinking I’d hold on to it for a giveaway or something, but most likely would not actually read it myself. For whatever reason, though, I needed a light read one day so I decided to just go for it. I told myself it was more of a contemporary romance, more like chick-lit than an actual romance novel, and why not give it a try.

Did I enjoy the book? Yes and no. It was kind of what I expected – very on-the-surface characters, funny and fun to read about but lacking depth. The story was humorous and sweet at times but too predictable for my tastes, as I don’t much enjoy when a book does everything you expect it to do, without exception. But I have to admit that it was an entertaining ride. And at a time when I was looking for something a little more on the fluffy side, that didn’t require me to think too much, this book did the trick. That’s not an insult at all, so please don’t take it as such – all I mean is that these kinds of books are easy to consume and can be very fun for that reason, but I tend to like my fiction to be a little more thought-provoking.

What I want to say, though, is that I can very much appreciate the market for a book like My One and Only. The main character is ballsy and independent yet you know from the beginning that she will get her happy ending. Sometimes we all need to read a fairy tale to be reminded of what is possible in life – and these kinds of books are like fairy tales for grownups. So yes I enjoyed the experience of reading it but overall, this kind of novel is just not my cup of tea.

I can’t really compare My One and Only to other books of its kind because, as I’ve made quite clear, I don’t read romance novels hardly at all. But for a romance novel newbie like myself, the book fit exactly what I was looking for. It was fun, funny, and very sweet. I definitely think readers who are more accustomed to this kind of fiction will enjoy the book.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

From the Unabridged Compact Disc editionRevolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House

High school senior Andi Alpers is busy grieving over the death of her bother and failing out of her private school in Brooklyn, finding her only happiness in her music, when her father decides that she must accompany him on a trip to Paris. While in Paris, her father is kept away by his work – he’s a scientist testing the DNA of a preserved heart thought to have belonged to the son of Marie Antoinette – so Andi is free to roam about the city. She is supposed to be beginning the work on her senior thesis when she comes across an old red journal. This journal was written by a girl named Alexandrine, companion to the young prince Louis, the same son of Marie Antoinette whose heart Andi’s father is studying. Andi is captivated by the diary, and she comes to find connections between her own life and Alexandrine’s experiences she never could have expected.

Would you believe Revolution was my first Jennifer Donnelly reading experience? Well I’ll tell you for sure, it won’t be my last. I’ve been meaning to pick up her books for ages now and finally spotted a copy of this one on audio at my library, so I grabbed it right away. I’m very satisfied with that decision because the book worked remarkably well on audio. The narrators, Emily Janice Card (Andi) and Emma Bering (Alexandrine) did a wonderful job bringing these characters to life, and I thought both of their voices really worked for the characters they were portraying.

As for the book itself, I absolutely enjoyed it. The story kept me on my toes and I was just as desperate to find out what would happen to Alexandrine and Prince Louis as Andi was. I definitely saw connections between the two girls’ stories, and it was fun to listen as Andi gradually began to see these connections too.

Andi herself is the kind of character who is difficult to like, but eventually she did win me over. She is a spoiled and petulant teenager in the beginning, treating her father horribly and wallowing in her own self-pity instead of focusing on more important things, but as the story went on I began to see things more clearly from her point of view. She couldn’t see anything through the grief she was suffering over her brother’s death, her father had basically abandoned their family in favor of his work, and her mother had become almost unable to take care of herself due to her own suffering. While Andi was a major brat in the beginning of the book, she was bratty and self-involved for good reason, and her character did grow on me as I listened further. Also, it helped matters that she had quite a transformation in her own right over the course of the book, which made me like and respect her even more.

There was one aspect of the book that was mildly confusing for me and I’m still not sure how I feel about it (THIS IS A MINOR SPOILER), which was the time traveling thing. I sort of felt like it came out of nowhere, I wasn’t expecting it at all and I’m still not sure if I think it fit in well with the rest of the book. I actually enjoyed that part of the story, but I didn’t like how there was never any explanation of why and how Andi was able to do that. It almost seemed like a too convenient, too easy way for Donnelly to resolve both girls’ stories. However, as I said, I did enjoy that section and once I forced myself to stop asking questions and just go with it, it became very fun for me. But still – I remain confused. (OK SPOILER OVER)

Overall, I really enjoyed Revolution and will be reading more of Donnelly’s books very soon. I love historical fiction for teens, and this one was not only satisfying YA, but it was impeccably researched, well-written and interesting historical fiction as well. Highly recommended.

The Sunday Salon

Good morning and happy Sunday to all! It is a beautiful morning here in sunny Florida, but I suspect it will get increasingly hotter as the day goes on (yesterday it got up to 98 degrees!) so I don’t plan on spending much time outdoors. The blue sky sure is pretty, though!

You may have noticed I wasn’t around much this past week. I was on vacation from work so I took a trip to Chicago to spend time with family and friends. I spent three whole days with my 3-year-old niece and it was seriously so much fun. I love the fact that she is getting out of her bratty two-year-old stage and into a more grown up preschooler stage. She is much easier to reason with, she listens much better, and she is absolutely hilarious. I have loved watching her grow up through all the stages of her life so far, but I think this time is my favorite so far. We just have so much fun together! We went to Brookfield Zoo and took in the dolphin show (which she absolutely loved), Pirate’s Cove, and spent a day playing at a local playground and hanging out. Plus, I got to spend time with my mom, dad, both step-parents, brother, sister, brother-in-law, aunts, uncle, cousin, grandmother, and a few friends. It was a very busy week but a much-needed one – although I love Florida a lot, I miss those people a lot too.

This week, it’s business as usual. I go back to work tomorrow and while I’m not exactly happy about that, I feel better about work since I’ve had a little time away from it. I strongly believe in the power of vacations!

Today I need to run some errands and then I’d really like to spend some time reading. I didn’t read much this week due to the busyness and I’m definitely behind on my reading goals for the month. Other than that, I don’t have much going on.

Oh, and also, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

What are you up to this lovely Sunday?

The Red Umbrella vs. Tell Us We’re Home – Nerds Heart YA

I am thrilled and honored to be a judge for the Nerds Heart YA tournament this year. As many of you know, Nerds Heart YA is an effort to showcase some of the lesser-known YA books published within the last year. It is a bracket-style competition with one book being the ultimate winner. I participated as a judge last year and had so much fun that I was happy to throw my hat in the ring to judge again this year. Together with my judging partner, Natalie from This Purple Crayon, I chose between The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Tell Us We’re Home by Marina Budhos. Here I have for you some of my thoughts on each book as well as which one Natalie and I decided should move forward in the competition.

From the Hardcover editionSo, The Red Umbrella is YA historical fiction set in Cuba in the early 1960’s. Lucia Alvarez is fourteen and life for her is very happy – she has loving parents, a younger brother who she gets along with pretty well, and tons of friends. But when soldiers begin arriving in her small town, the Communist Revolution becomes a reality for Lucy and her whole world changes. The freedoms she’s always taken for granted are stripped away, friends’ parents go missing, and her family is being watched. So her parents take drastic measures to keep Lucy and her brother safe – they are sent to the United States to live with strangers in Nebraska, with the hope that eventually her parents will be able to join them.

So many aspects of The Red Umbrella appealed to me. I love the fact that it is historical fiction, in a time and place I can only assume most teens don’t know much about (I’m making that assumption based on the fact that I personally don’t know much about the Communist Revolution in Cuba). I love the fact that Lucia is an incredibly likable character – to say I fell in love with her instantly would be an understatement. She is smart but naive, resourceful yet not knowledgeable about her new life, protective of her brother yet seeking to be taken care of herself. In other words, a perfectly normal teen thrown into an unbelievably difficult, scary situation. I love how close Lucy’s family is, and how her parents do the unthinkable to keep their kids safe – what parent wants to send their kids away to a place they know nothing about, to be cared for by complete strangers? And I also love the fact that I read the entire book in one sitting – I literally could not put the thing down! This book is fabulous for so many reasons, and I’m very thankful to the Nerds Heart YA tournament for giving me the opportunity to experience it.

Tell Us We're HomeTell Us We’re Home is set in the present day, in a wealthy New Jersey suburb called Meadowbrook. Jaya, Maria, and Lola are ordinary teens with one thing that sets them apart from their peers – their mothers are maids and nannies, making their moms their classmates’ families’ employees. While the three girls have completely different backgrounds (Jaya is from Trinidad, Maria is from Mexico, and Lola is from Eastern Europe) they form a quick bond when they realize they are so different from the rest of their peers. But things go very bad for their friendship when Jaya’s mother is accused of stealing from a wealthy elderly woman in their neighborhood. Racial tensions erupt in Meadowbrook, and each of the three girls must find a way to carve out a space for themselves in a very difficult situation.

I enjoyed Tell Us We’re Home quite a bit. The three girls all captured my heart and I really felt for what they had to deal with just being different in America. It made me sad to see that just because they didn’t have money like their peers they were such outsiders in their school. I enjoyed reading about how they were so supportive of one another, in some cases even at personal risk. I think that any teen who is seen as different by his/her peers will see themselves in Jaya, Maria, or Lola. The book is also a great selection for teens who can relate to the immigrant experience, as each of the three girls’ cultural backgrounds are much different from the culture they experience in the United States.

While both books were good, The Red Umbrella was the clear winner for both Natalie and I so that is the book that will be moving on in the tournament. We were equally passionate about this choice, and I really want to encourage you all to pick up The Red Umbrella for yourselves. Also, keep watching the Nerds Heart YA blog to see how the rest of the books fare!

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller (Faith and Fiction Roundtable)

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
Published by Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins

I can’t even begin to attempt a summary for this book, so I’ll give you the publisher’s summary instead:

In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

A Canticle for Leibowitz was the third selection of the year for the Faith and Fiction Roundtable, a group of bloggers who like to read faith-based books coming together to read six books this year and then discuss them. It was started and is moderated by the fabulous Amy of My Friend Amy fame.

Admittedly, this was a very tough book for me to get through. I had a difficult time getting engaged in the story or even caring about the characters. Had I not committed to reading it for this group I probably would not have finished. However, I can say that I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it and I’m proud of myself for slogging through when I badly wanted to give up at times.

One particular part of the story stood out to me as discussion-worthy. There is one section of the book in which people have been affected horrifically by radiation poisoning. They are so unbelievably damaged, so hurt, that they beg to be put out of their misery. There is one doctor who performs euthanasia on those who would prefer to die rather than suffer through their pain to their inevitable slow, agonizing deaths. Of course, there is also a priest involved who will not allow euthanasia to occur on his watch.

This stood out to me because I found myself agreeing with the doctor and getting mad at the priest. While I am a Christian, I come at things from a more secular viewpoint since I have only been following Jesus for a few years now. For most of my life, I believed in God in a sense but didn’t really understand what that meant and didn’t really care to follow Him. So when I read about people suffering so terribly, especially when they know for certain that they will die soon anyway – but slowly, and in agony – it makes perfect sense to me that if they request so, they should be put out of their misery when they ask. I have to believe that a good God, a perfect God, would not want His people to be in such unbearable pain. Why would He ever ask that of His followers? What good does that do, what purpose does it serve?

But then I remember – a life is a life is a life, and God does not condone the killing of any life, for any reason. He and He alone should be the decision maker as to who dies and when and under what circumstance. While I believe this to be true, I question its implications in cases such as the one presented in A Canticle for Leibowitz. I am left puzzled, trying to figure out what God really would prefer us to do in this particular situation. I don’t have the answer – I’m still inclined to go with my first thought on this one. How can He condone such suffering, especially when it comes to people who love Him with all their hearts? It doesn’t make any sense to me. But yes, killing is killing, no matter what the specifics are. There is no gray area here, at least according to His word. So I really don’t know.

That just goes to show you that even though I really didn’t enjoy this book, I got something out of it. And that is what makes the experience of reading so important.

Check out the other participants of the Faith and Fiction Roundtable:

Book Hooked BlogBooks and MoviesCrazy for BooksIgnorant HistorianLinus’s BlanketMy Friend AmyMy Random ThoughtsOne Person’s Journey Through a World of BooksRoving ReadsSemicolonThe 3R’s BlogTina’s Book ReviewsVictorious CafeWordlily