“Raina’s Choice” by Gilbert Morris

I have read about 50 of Gilbert Morris’ books and several are on my shelf.  I’ve been reading his novels since I was about ten or eleven years old.  Some of my favorites include the Cheney Duvall series, Wakefield Dynasty series, Lion of Judah series,  and some of his youth fictions–all well-researched, exciting and imaginative books. Unfortunately, I felt this book did not measure up to many of his previous novels.  

The plot was erratic. In the beginning of the novel, all is horribly wrong in the characters’ lives, but at least they are headed towards romance. Then they suddenly part ways on platonic terms and all goes well in their lives.  Other possible love interests arise–which include kissing these others–only to suddenly realize they actually love one another.  I suppose this is why it is called Raina’s Choice.   

I found the character development lacking or predictable. One character became a Christian without giving it too much thought and the other took up most of the book being paralyzed with indecision; though put in situations which should have had him turning to Christ.  

The dialogue was flat and unappealing, and several of the descriptions were simply confusing: “He had definitely established jaws” comes to mind. Secondary characters kept intruding with their Points of View, which didn’t much include the main characters. Also, historical facts popped up in unexpected places. I spent most of the time waiting for the inevitable to happen, and the rest wondering where the random characters introduced were coming from and what their significance was.

Thank you to NetGalley (www.netgalley.com) and Barbour Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. 

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