Friday, September 3, 2010

Faithful - A Book Sneeze Review

I received this book as a BookSneeze member to read and review. The author delved into controversial topics that are a problem in today's world, even among our churches: fornication and adultery.

There are three main characters in this story: Cyd, Dana, and Phyllis. Cyd is a 40-year-old never-married woman who is determined to remain pure until marriage. When she meets a bold, attractive man who certainly doesn't have the same goals as she does, she fights to remain firm in her promise to God. Dana is a married woman who finds herself facing her husband's infidelity and the image of catching her husband plagues her and threatens to push her toward divorce, even in spite of her husband's public confession and desire to make the marriage work. Phyllis is a married woman whose husband is not a believer. When he refuses to go to church, Phyllis finds herself at a college reunion meeting up with old friends, including a now-widowed male friend who is a believer. Phyllis gives in to the desire for more than friendship.

Overall, this story is well written. The author had me a bit confused at first, because it seemed that she switched characters too quickly. As I got more into the book and was more familiar with the characters, it wasn't as difficult to transition to each different character. This story was emotion-packed; it drew me to tears several times. I feel that her character portrayal was very good.

Here's the run-down of what I think of the book:
Ease of reading ................ 4/5
Supporting Details ............. 5/5
Sufficient Length .............. 5/5
Ability to hold my interest ... 5/5
Overall Impression ............. 4.5/5

I am a member of BookSneeze, a fabulous website where you can read free books and keep them if you write a review for your blog and for a major retailer (such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble).

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