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Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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Hunts latest novel is the humorous story of a woman forced to deepen her faith through obscure circumstances. Unlike many Christian novels, our heroine already has a strong faith at the beginning of and throughout the novel, so readers get to focus on three heavier topics: untimely death, abortion, and racism.
Without giving too much away, it can be said that Hunt does a god job of dealing with the first two topics. With the main character running a funeral home, death of any kind is a natural theme to be brought into the story. Some of the deaths are expected, others are tragedies, but the characters responding to the deaths present real emotions, and genuinely ask why certain things are allowed by God.
In approaching the topic of abortion, Hunt puts the focus on Jennifer, rather than the friend who might get an abortion. In this way, we get to witness the struggle that comes when one must determine to love someone, even when he or she does something horribly wrong. Further, we watch Jennifer work out the difference between supporting her friend and supporting her friends sin.
Unfortunately, Hunt takes a different route with her third topic. Instead of giving us a natural, relatable illustration as she did with the other topics, Hunt presents a picture of extreme racism: Christians who find blacks to be an abomination to God. Though these cases undeniably do exist, they are very rare. And though it makes a sensational story, it doesnt provoke much inner-examination because most of Hunts readers simply wont be that extreme.
Hunts writing style in this novel is written in present-progressive tense, making for a monotonous telling of the characters every thoughts and movements. We get second-by-second detail of everything from nuking a TV dinner to embalming a corpse. About a fourth of the book could have been cut had these details been left outalong with Hunts page-long explanations of common-knowledge items such as public school integration.
Undoubtedly, there are readers who will enjoy Hunts entire novel, and others who will want to press through the rough patches in order to glean the goodness that can be found. -- Bethany DuVal, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!April 19, 2015Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5She Always Wore Red is books 2 in the Fairlawn Series by Angela Hunt. Jennifer inherited a funeral home at a time in her life when she needed a home and job. She moved to the funeral home with her 2 sons and is now taking mortuary classes and assisting Gerald in the mortuary business. She took a night off from studying and went to a book club at her friend's home where she met McLane. McLane is a young military wife and mom to be. Her mom recently past away and her step-father is not accepting of her new life.
There are events that happen in the story that challenge them. They look to God for answers to these troubles. The story also shows us how members in a small community come together in times of tragedy. The story is good at teaching us to be more understanding and supportive to others in their time of need, regardless of our beliefs.
When I originally read the book, I did not realize it was part of a series. It was just as fun to read the second time as the first.
Cornerstone ChapelMassachusettsGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5some really good twistsAugust 17, 2012Cornerstone ChapelMassachusettsGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book was a good read. It had some unexpected twists to keep interest.
HersheyreaderHershey, PA5 Stars Out Of 5Another great book in the seriesNovember 2, 2011HersheyreaderHershey, PAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sometimes I find that the second book in a series is not as good as the first, but that is NOT the case in the Fairlawn series. This second book is as good--if not better--than the first! I love how Angela Hunt throws in a curve. You think you have the story figured out and then you find out you really don't. Keeps me reading to the end!
Purple LadyCoram, NYAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Easy read. Finished it in three days.January 24, 2011Purple LadyCoram, NYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thorougly enjoy books by Angela Hunt. The Fairlawn Series is about everyday people and every situations.
Doris Stanley5 Stars Out Of 5September 12, 2008Doris Stanleythis was a fantastic book really enjoyes it. Can't wait for another one about this family.