•°o•:*:•. COULD NOT FINISH .•:*:• o°•
When a book becomes too monotonous and no longer enjoyable, I have to admit defeat and lay it aside over forcing myself to plod through it. I normally finish a novel in 1-2 days, but with this, I keep looking for excuses to lay it aside and do something else.
The story feels forced and the subject matter is depressing. 1849 Gold rush period of California territory set in San Francisco when it is still primarily a tent city and debauchery reigns supreme. A yet unnamed villain (I have completed 41% of the book at this point) wants to appear good and decent, but is secretly vying for power and money and now kidnapping legal, Chinese immigrants for slave labor. "The fortune to be made was in gambling, liquor, and women."
Our heroes are a sister and brother (Olivia and Daniel) and rich, recently come-to-Jesus gold mine owner (friend of the brother), Joseph Sawyer, who all want to see the town grow and succeed and direct the people towards God. The young sister has made some bad choices and chapter after chapter laments those choices and cannot forgive herself. While I appreciate the continued Christian theme, it seems forced rather than natural. Also, I noted that while reading her relative's journal from the 1700s the entries were quoted in today's modern English. I found that frustrating.
Of practical note, I highlighted: "the woman studied God's Word on her own and wrote down her thoughts and life applications in the journal." Good advice for any of us.
A quote I liked written by her mother about the women in her ancestry: "My sweet Olivia, it's important to remember the hardships of those who have gone before us and to see how they persevered and survived."
I was approached by Barbour Publishing and asked to review an eVersion of this book without fee, expectation or compensation. My opinion is my own and offered freely. Please read other reviews for a well-rounded purchasing decision.
© April 1, 2019, Barbour Publishing, 3 stars – writing is not horrible, simply not my cup of tea.
|F. Earl Christy, 1909|