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How is it possible to like and dislike a book at the same time? That is really how I feel about this one. I will do my best to describe this one to you, but it won’t be easy to describe without giving it all away. I will try my best!
Chicago. Picture cold, and rainy.
Heidi. Wife to Chris. Mom to Zoe. Bleeding heart kind of soul who works for an adult-literacy charity.
Chris. Husband to Heidi. Dad to Zoe. Investment banker. Pretty boy. I admired this guy.
Zoe. Typical pre-teen. Hates everything. Vegetarian.
Willow. Says she is 18. Homeless with a baby. Loves Anne of Green Gables and the library. After her parents passed, she was placed in a foster home. Has lots of secrets that are revealed up until the very end of the book.
Like I said before, it would be very difficult to describe this one without spoilers.
It is told from multi-character point of view – Heidi, Willow & Chris.
Heidi keeps seeing the same girl at the train station wearing an army green jacket, carrying a worn leather suitcase, and a baby, named Ruby. One day she approaches her, and asks if she can buy her dinner. Willow says no. But Heidi doesn’t give up. This becomes a theme in the book. She tells Willow how to calm the colicky baby, and that she will be diner if she changes her mind. And she does! Willow and her baby show up. Heidi has given Willow her raincoat to wrap the baby in, and her business card.
Obviously, Willow calls her because Heidi ends up bringing Willow and Ruby home to a horrified husband and daughter. She tells her husband that it is only for one night, but one night turned to two, and two to three, and so on.
This act of kindness on Heidi’s part became something more twisted.
You will learn:
Where Willow and Ruby came from.
What happens next!
Why this title is in the mystery-thriller genre.
But, you will have to learn all of this for yourself, because if I continue telling you about it there will be lots of spoilers. And I’m not spilling the beans.
For me, this book was most definitely a page-turner. I read devoured it in 2.75 days. Are you wondering how I could like and dislike it at the same time if I devoured it like that? Well, I didn’t like the way it ended. Let me clarify. It isn’t a bad ending, but it really wasn’t a good ending. It was abrupt. Make sense? In my opinion, I felt like the author could have taken a little more time on the ending.
Would I recommend this book? I don’t know. I did recommend this book to one friend before I finished it. Then I finished it, and kind of changed my mind. Here is what I am going to say to anyone that asks about this book. There are lots of mixed reviews, and maybe you should check those out before you commit to reading this one.
There is so much more I want to say about this one. If you read it, or have already read it and still want to chat about it – email me! I’d say comment below, but then it would spoil it for everyone else.
anotherchanceranch at gmail dot com
Special thanks to Harlequin and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
readers will quickly identify with Mary Magdalene – a woman of deep
faith who used her wealth and influence to serve Jesus. This
fictionalized story of Mary Magdalene is, in the truest sense of the
word, an inspirational novel for modern people who are looking to renew
in themselves the message of Christ. It’s the greatest story ever lived,
told by one of the most famous women who ever lived, and it’s a
page-turner. Joan Wolf’s years of success as a novelist enable her to
combine storytelling and a faith plot in this beautifully written
About the Author
Joan Wolf has lived most of her adult
life with her husband in Milford, Connecticut, where she raised two
children and an assortment of horses, dogs, and cats. Along the way she
also managed to write forty-six published novels—the writing of which
profoundly enriched her life.
I loved this book! Loved. It.
First of all, let me just say that yes, it is a biblical fiction. I had to keep telling myself that. It is fiction. It is fiction. It is fiction.
Since we got that all out in the open, I want you to know that this book is 320 pages and it seemed so much shorter than that. It is a very fast read. Joan Wolf has a way with words, she pulls you into the story and makes it all so easy to visualize.
I enjoyed reading about the politics of that time. Sometimes I wonder if we Christians of today would have dropped what we were doing to follow some man we believe to be the Son of God. Leave our families, our jobs, our lives.
I hope that you will read this book. It will be available April 16, 2013. Please come back and let me know your thoughts.
I received this ARC from Netgalley.