I'll start by saying that I think every author in Christian Fiction deserves to be applauded one way or another. The idea for this book was creative, BUT the following are my honest opinions about Out of Control.
I love reading... and if I ever give up on a book, you can be sure that I've given it MANY tries- and this is one of those rare cases. Out of Control could have been WAY better!
I agree with the reviewers that are saying that it lacked a flow, a rhythm. A lot of times, that got me confused because, for example, an information with no detail would come out of nowhere in a paragraph, leaving many unanswered questions behind. And there's also the fact that the characters' personalities could have been more fully developed. For example, if the hero is to be stubborn, then let him be stubborn... so much that readers might come to resent him. (think about a good book you've read, where the characters almost felt alive.) Rafe was supposed to be the stubborn one in this, but not all of his actions reflected that.
The book is also a bit scary... (uh, gulp) because there's a whole thing with dark caves, and a grizzly looking man, whose practically demon possessed.. yeah, just sayin'...
BUT, I did laugh out loud more than once while reading - so Mary has a good sense of humour- and I'm opened to the idea of giving another one of her books a try...
A fantastic book with a dry humor that kept me laughing nonstop. At the same time, this author hides truths that makes this book wonderfully down to earth revealing a God who accepts us flawed humans and loves us with our shortcomings.
This book was pure torture to finish. The story had no flow at all. Just choppy sentences from one subject to another. None of the characters were likeable or held my interest. sorry, but that's how I saw it.
Out Of Control by Mary Connealy is Book 1 in The Kincaid Brides series from Bethany House. It is a Christian romance set in Colorado territory in 1866.
Rafe Kincaid had returned to the cavern one more time trying to overcome his fears. Going there caused him to relive the terrible day of the accident but instead of hearing the cries of his brother Seth he heard a woman screaming. Rafe facing his fears head on manages to get the woman, Julia Gilliland, to safety.
Rafe proceeded to try to find out more about this upset woman. Julia claimed she was the daughter of the owner of the general store in Rawhide, however Rafe knew the owner. He also knew he did not have a daughter named Julia.
As late as it was getting Rafe managed to convince Julia that she would be comfortable at the ranch until morning light, promising he would take her home, if they could find home. When they arrived at the ranch Ethan met them on the front porch, which totally surprised Rafe, since this was his first time home since the accident.
After Julia had calmed down her interest was directed towards the cavern. She was determined that yes she had to get home, her family would be worried but her main concern was her return trip to the cavern. She had found fossils there like she had read about in her books, but the problem was there was also something else there. It was a man who had scared her to death, so she had to figure out a way to get Rafe to help her.
Does Rafe and Julia ever work out their differences? Does Julia ever realize the truth about her Dad? Does Rafe and Ethan come to terms about the accident? And who is the crazy man in the cavern? Find the answers to these questions and a lot more in this book.
This was a good book but I found it a little hard to follow at times. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance with a little twist or books set in the west.
I received this book free from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.