5 Stars Out Of 5
A Engaging Read
August 4, 2011
Here is a book that, when get to reading it, you surely have spent well every single minute you spent on it. It's a love story, yes, but so much more as well.
â€˜The Muir House' is, even just with the packaging (a.k.a book cover and synopsis), the type of book that can't stay on my shelf for long, un-resisted. I had high expectations for it, and I'm glad to say that I wasn't at all disappointed. It's been a while since a book kept me up because I couldn't put it, but this was one I just HAD to finish even though it meant reading deep into the night.
The reader is immediately, from the very first paragraph on, pulled into rich, metaphorical descriptions, completely lovable -and unique- characters, and a story that anyone will be able to relate to at one level or another.
It's amazing how the author slyly pulls at the reader's curiosity by subtly hinting at Willa's past throughout the first half of the book. The questions arise within in droves. It certainly isn't overbearing, though, and makes it all the more delicious as the story unfolds.
The romance is completely sublime and one of my favorite aspects of the novel (believe it or not). It's not shallow, superficial, like is the case with so many Christian romance novels. It was based on so much more, a big part being in touch with God's will for their life together. And real, because as is often the case in life, it takes awhile for us to realize what the Lord is telling us, and even if we do know, we insist on being stuborn. Eventually, though, as the story depicts, the way back home is found, whatever events have to happen in the process.
One negative aspect that I did notice, though, was with the character Willa and the searching she had to go through that makes up her story. She's a wonderful person, yes, and you'll surely love her by the end of the novel. However, a couple of times reading the accounts of her struggle just got redundant and overbearingly self-centered. I found myself thinking, 'Oh, just get over yourself already and move on!". This passes quickly, though, and even if it bugs you through the book, the character Hale will surely make up for it. ;)
It's a beautiful, rich story of the journey it takes to come home; where-ever 'home' God might have planned for us, and as the story brings across, it's often not at all where we expect to find it.