Monday, June 21, 2010

Ransomed Dreams by Sally John

I just finished probably one of the most confusing Christian fiction books I have ever read. The story is told from first person point of view. I actually prefer that type of writing, normally. This book, it seemed to confuse the plot even more.
It is the story of a couple who used to be ambassadors of the United States to Venezuela. Suddenly, their lives are turned upside down by an assasination attempt. They are now in hidding in a remote Mexican town where no one, including family, can reach them. One day, a man walks back into their lives and brings news that will shatter what remains of their lives. Will they be able to recover from all the pain and the pain that is to come? Will their marriage ever be able to survive this?
My biggest complaint with this book is that the author unnecessarily-in my opinion-withholds information. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to know everything. I just want to be able to understand why they are asking each other the questions they do. If the story is told in first person, we should know what the storyteller knows. Keep the information the other characters have secret.
That being said, I think the book is good, just confusing. I am still deciding if I truelly liked the ending. But that is what makes it good for me. Sometimes, I want to read a story that could be real. Reality never ends like books do. To read a book that is more reality than fiction was nice.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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