Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Typical Christian Fiction

This morning I finished reading Caught in the Middle, a new Christian historical fiction story by Regina Jennings.  My husband asked me last night what I was reading and I replied that it was just a typical Christian fiction book. 

It is just that.  I often read what looks like typical Christian fiction, hoping for something different.  The last one I read by Ann Gabhart was.  But, this one by Regina Jennings is pretty typical.

The story centers around Anne, aka Mrs. Tillerton, a young woman who has endured great suffering in her life.  Nick Lovelace enters the story as a businessman who knew her a long time ago, but only through his sister.  He owns a lumber company that is providing ties and materials needed to the railroads being built.  Ms. Tillerton gets stuck taking care of a baby whose mother has skipped town.  Her only connection is Mr. Lovelace.  And so the story goes... what will come of the baby?  Nick has seeds of faith, but Anne has none.  Will they turn to God in their crises?

The story is fine.  It's made-for-tv Christian romance fiction.  It is very competently written.  The ending seems to come a bit too quickly, though.  The author chooses to jump ahead a couple of months in time and give a snapshot to show what life is like for Anne to bring closure to the story.  

This book is fine to curl up with one night.  Does it stand out to me?  No.  It's not a bad book.  It just doesn't stand out of the pack.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House.  

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