Sunday, May 26, 2013

Adoring Addie - a Review

Not Since Romeo and Juliet Has a Couple Faced Odds This Long
The Cramers and Mosiers have been angry with each other for as long as anyone can remember.  Things had cooled to a simmer… until Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier fell head over heels for each other.  Now old tensions are renewed, and Addie’s parents insist she marry stolid and uninspiring Phillip Eicher.
Distraught at a future apart, the two decide their best hope is to reconcile the two families… but that means digging into the past to see what tore them apart. Will their love be enough to keep them together or will long-held secrets ruin their chance at happiness?
My Opinion: I don’t normally read Amish fiction, but I love Shakespeare, so when I heard that Leslie Gould was writing Shakespearean stories adapted to an Amish setting, I thought I’d see what it was like.  I’m still not sure what to think of Adoring Addie.  It’s loosely patterned after Romeo and Juliet – love at first sight, a family feud, a boring suitor – but the plot, from there, goes totally different.  Mrs. Gould even went to the trouble of putting a balcony onto the Amish house just for Addie, but then she doesn’t put in the balcony scene! (I was SO hoping for a balcony scene.  Pity.)
Jonathan is idealistic and gentlemanly and Addie is sweet, but their families are just plain horrible.  Addie’s Dad is domineering and inconsiderate, her mom is like a mentally disturbed version of Cinderella’s stepmother, and most of her siblings are wild and selfish.  Addie and Jonathan (with an occasional, aunt, uncle, cousin, or little brother thrown in) are the only sane people around in a sea of candidates for a mental asylum.  Instead of being tragically sad, most of the book was just depressing.
Mrs. Gould is a talented writer, but by and large, Adoring Addie just didn't do it for me.  If you like Amish fiction and don’t mind dysfunctional families, go for it.  Otherwise, read something else.
My Rating: 6 out of 10
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Friday, May 24, 2013

When Love Calls - a Review

Hannah Gregory doesn’t like keeping rules, but with a job as a switchboard operator being the only way to support her orphaned sisters, she has no choice.  She doesn’t like Lincoln Cole, the attorney who turned them out of their mortgaged home, either.  But when Lincoln persists in hanging around and the attraction between them begins to build, what can she do?
My Opinion:  We all know what’s in the standard Christian fiction. Sparks fly between the feisty heroine and handsome hero, a Christian mentor gives them good advice, they kiss a lot, and then they get married and live happily ever after. 
Well, When Love Calls is like that.  But if it’s standard Christian fiction, it’s standard Christian fiction done well.  The plot is engaging and sweet and all-round a delight to read.  The characters are likeable and full of personality, from the honest but stubborn Hannah, to the gentlemanly Lincoln and the cooking-loving Charlotte and  the loveable Tessa, Hannah's sisters.  I was glad to find out that this book is only the first of a series on the Gregory sisters.  I will definitely be looking forward to Charlotte and Tessa's stories!
My Rating: 8 out of 10  
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.