Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bethany House (June 1, 2007) 336 pages
Essie Spreckelmeyer loves her hats, her snakes and her bicycle--Peg, for short. But the one thing she wants to love, but can't, is a husband. The year of her thirtieth birthday, Essie creates a list of potential husbands to catch...but the catching, and the unintended consequences thereof, might cause her more trouble than it's worth.
Just a warning.....This review will contain a mid-point SPOILER!!!!
I'm not giving away the ending, but I just don't feel like I can do a proper review without talking about something that happens. If you are conservative at all, though, you might want to know about this "incident" before reading the book.
I really had to explore my thoughts on this book before reviewing. My first impression was not good! The more I read, though, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked PARTS of it. It's still more edgy than my comfort levels allow, but I can see the message the author was going for. And just so you know, I'm a very conservative person, but I've learned that with my reading, I'm not as conservative as some. I'm usually okay with "edgy" Christian books as long as there's no details and I do have a line that I don't want crossed! :)
The main character does have premarital sex in this story. While I STRONGLY believe in waiting for marriage, I'm not against this being in the book. Everyone sins and everyone makes mistakes. I think the author turned this into a beautiful story of forgiveness(on several levels) and love. I feel like I would be very closed minded if I pretended to think that many Christians don't make this same mistake. The author shows some of the consequences of not waiting, but I think forgiveness and support from loved ones and accepting yourself for EXACTLY who you are is the main message I came away with. I just felt sorry for Essie throughout most of the story! Self confidence is so important!! IF I have a daughter, I think this will probably be one of the biggest subjects I study up on. I'm glad, though, that Essie's story will continue in Deep in the Heart of Trouble. The ending just truly broke my heart!
What I'm not comfortable with is the details leading up to the "incident." I didn't like how edgy and flirtatous Essie became.
There was also descriptions of what two men were thinking about what was underneath Essie's dress. One was thinking about, in his opinion, the many faults that lay underneath and the other one just wanted to get under the dress. I wish that was left out. I don't think it's good for the self-esteem, especially in young, single girls to read things like that!
There was also a word I didn't like. The "b" word for a child without a father. I know it's in the Bible, but in today's society it's used as profanity and I cringe when I see it. I looked over some reviews and noone else had mentioned it, so I asked my husband, and he's with me. He considers it profanity. My momma does not think it is, although she doesn't use or like the word. So, I'll throw it out there just so you know it's in the book. I guess that's something we're all different on.
I'll end this review saying overall I love Deeanne's writing style!! I greatly enjoy the humor she brings to the pages and I'm looking forward to reading more from her. But, this just wasn't my favorite book and I was a bit uncomfortable with it. It did remind me of a less serious version of Redeeming Love, though(IN SOME WAYS)!! That was a book I was also uncomfortable reading, but I'll leave that for another day.