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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2007
Availability: In Stock
Austin tells the tale completely from Violets perspective, describing events as they happen. This becomes a little confusing, due to the amount of people and situations the heroine is introduced to, but also adds more depth to Violets point of view and is worth it in the end. The characters in the story are varied and interesting, and though they develop and become more complex as the book moves along, the bonds between them do seem rather weak and fragile, usually with nothing but society or family ties holding them together. The few exceptions are the relationships between Violet and Mr. McClure, and Violet and her mother. In fact, the most memorable scene in the book occurs when Violet finally locates her mother, and discovers just how much the worlds cruelty has affected all of their lives.
At the beginning of A Proper Pursuit the plot is rather simple, with Ms. Hayes seeking out her runaway mother in Chicago. But as time and events progress, Violet finds herself with a line of suitors she must choose from before the months end, which complicates her life just a little. More than that, she must decide what standards she will live by for the rest of her life: societys, Gods, her familys, or her own. In the end, she chooses to live out her own heart instead of her familys, to change society instead of being controlled by it, and to honor God by being herself.
Although the headstrong Violet begins the book as an incredibly naïve character, she grows and blooms throughout the story in a very realistic way. She is the only truly dynamic person in the bookall of the others are used to represent the different forces that are pulling and pushing on her as she makes her decisions. A good example of this is shown in her four primary suitors: Silas, who symbolizes her own desires; Herman, who is an example of her familys wishes for her; Louis, who is the churchs will for her life; and Nelson, who is societys choice.
The only element that bothered me about Austins book was the mystery surrounding Silas McClure. In the beginning it fit everything very well, but the average reader will figure out who he is by the middle of the story, and Violets inability to see what is obvious until the end becomes rather annoying. But, all in all, I very much enjoyed A Proper Pursuit, and would recommend it to any reader who wants a light and romantic story. -- Kate R. Miller, Christian Book Previews.com
Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5May 27, 2012Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Well Done!! I enjoyed reading about Violet and the way she found the courage to venture out and find her mother. Her aunts were wonderful and fun. I also enjoyed reading all about the world fair. I had not realized all that it was.
There is one criticism I had and it was that fact that Violet used deception on her father to gain what she wanted. This is a christian book, published by a christian publishing company and as a christian myself I wasn't comfortable with this aspect of the book.
Sarah Larson5 Stars Out Of 5A delightful book.February 3, 2012Sarah LarsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A delightful book. Lot's of humor with history included in a way that makes you feel you are living it. Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors. Even when she is very serious there is always something to keep you glued to the story. I want to collect as many of her books as I can. Sarah
LeorahUSAAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5â™¥ A Top Favorite!! â™¥November 23, 2011LeorahUSAAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is one of my absolute favorites! The story was just so beautifully written and I loved the connection I felt with Violet! By the time I finished this book, she was more then just a favorite character, she was and is a friend!
I loved how she slowly "bloomed" and how she really was a violet in the end...gosh I love this story! It is just so unbelievably powerful and it is even more so now that I am thinking about all I learned throughout it.
I recommend this book to all! I have bought it for a thirteen years old as well as an eighty year old and both adore it! It is a fantastic book and would be such a shame to miss out on! Lynn Austin is one of my top favorite authors thanks to this priceless story! I highly recommend it...it is worth every penny!
Rachel5 Stars Out Of 5Favorite book!October 15, 2011RachelQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of my favorite books. So beautifully written and somewhat mysterious. I love how Violet truly finds the Lord! And the plot is fantastic. You will not be disappointed!!
MeganPhoenix, AZ5 Stars Out Of 5August 17, 2010MeganPhoenix, AZThis book was absolutely AMAZING!!! I could hardly put it down. From the first chapter, I was intrigued. If you are looking for a bit of adventure, romance, mystery, and a lot of spunk, this is the book for you. Fantastic job, Austin!