Some of the first romance novels I read were by Gilbert Morris. I especially liked the Cheney Duvall stories he wrote with his daughter. I hadn’t read a novel by him in a while, and it was interesting to read his writing style once again. His are not novels filled with romance and moonlight; but with real people who deal with things in real ways. This was especially evident in this novel.
Oddly, it felt as if I had read it before; though I can’t tell if it is because the plot is like some other book I’ve read, or if it is being re-release. Also, the romance seemed rather awkward and erratic. By the end I was entirely certain why the characters loved each other…I was just told they did. The storyline has some strong evangelistic leanings with various characters encouraging the main ones to turn to Christ. This portion also was a little awkward and erratic.
However, the portrayal of the characters: their naivety, their stubbornness, their resilience, and their faith, were well defined. I believe a character is well-developed when, looking at their past, you can see not only consistent characteristics, but believable ones given their backgrounds. This is one area that Morris excelled in when writing this novel.
I also wondered a bit at the name of the hero, Waco Smith. It seems an odd combination of original and mundane, but perhaps this was intentional.
To be honest, I was surprised to find that he was writing a new series, when he hasn’t yet finished the one I’ve been collecting: The Lion of Judah series. These trace the ancestry of Christ by following the giving and receiving of a medallion with a lion on one side, and a lamb on the other. As this was an intriguing series, I am rather disappointed that he seems to have stopped writing them.
Thank you to Net Galley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Barbour Publishing Inc. for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.