Ever since I got a Kindle last year for my birthday, I seem to be making up for all the reading I never did while I was in school.
My original intent in having a book blog was to ramp up my reading of non-fiction books and write an entry per chapter...BUT there would end up being months between entries. I just don't like reading non-fiction...
Anyway, a fiction review for you (and a rhyme as well :))
Until Forever - 3 stars
by Darlene Shortridge
Summary (as found on goodreads):
It was something she would never forgive herself for…
It wasn’t until lunchtime that Jessi remembered to call home. No answer. She tried calling several times while she ate her lunch. Still no answer. She closed her eyes and rested her arms and head on her desk. She breathed deeply, wishing she had remembered to call earlier.
Until Forever is a story of a young family that is torn apart by the devastating effects of alcoholism. Can healing take place in a relationship when an unforgivable act is committed? Will Jessi's pain and Mark's guilt keep them apart forever, or will unforeseen circumstances bind them together?
I wavered between giving this book two stars or three. I went with three because I liked the story and the characters. When I first found this book on the free list for the kindle, I was super happy. I've seen firsthand the damage alcoholism can do to/in a family. And the synopsis intrigued me.
Like I said, the story was good and the characters were likeable. And, of course, I was happy to see the Jessi and Mark got back together. However, I was disappointed with the writing. There were hopping POVs (many within the same paragraph), too many POVs (i.e. the Sunday school teacher's POV was unnecessary), and I wasn't sure who and what to pay attention to. found some of the character's actions (namely Olivia's) to be unbelievable. She was too perceptive for a five (going on six)-year-old. She understood things about Jesus and God that many adults don't get. Like God telling her not to tell her mom she could read...I'm not sure I buy that God would talk to a child on that deep a level. I'm not saying it's impossible...but some background into why would have helped.
Too many thoughts, feelings, and conversations were quickly skipped over without getting into what motivated a character to say or do something. For example, the process of Jessi forgiving Mark for killing their son. One page - he doesn't deserve forgiveness and she doesn't trust him; ten pages later - their daughter's spending the night at his house? Some internal (or external) dialoging would have expanded the story and given the characters more depth. Also, the ignition mechanism, or whatever it was that Mark had to use to be able to drive again. I have no idea what that is. Authors can't assume that a person knows what they know.
Lastly, it was a little too preachy and plastic-y, in my opinion. In my experience, the real world does not always yield strong convictions and the time or will to pray and read the Bible as much as these people did. When Mark decided to move from Oklahoma City to Wisconsin, he was convinced it was in God's will -- bing, bang, boom. He didn't even ask God or seek wise counsel from friends/pastors. He decided what he wanted to do and everyone agreed with him? I need to find those friends then because that has never happened to me!
There are some other things that didn't sit right with me, but I don't want to turn this into a book bashing. I'm not sure I'd read it again, but I'm not sorry I did.