The Homeplace, Singing River Series #1
Formatting of the text in this series needs work
In formatting in epub some things change causing a space within a word or a hyphen.
Also words are sometimes together with no space between them.
I checked the print size from XS to XLarge and it is the same.
I have not seen this with other books
The book series as a whole is very good as Gilbert Morris is a very fine writer and always does a very good job.
Just have to get past the formatting issues and it is a good read.
December 24, 2010
This book was good.It was entertaining and kept me wondering what was going to happen next.The main character,Lanie,was developed wonderfully and the other characters were portrayed very realistically.I especially admire Lanie's courage and sacrifice while keeping the family together as the Great Depression ravages the country.And her family never lost faith in what God could do for them.I also LOVED Aunt Kezia.She was sooo funny!I was really disappointed,though,that this book contained some inappropriate descriptions and sensuality.It kind of spoiled the book.I don't plan to read the rest of the books in the series because of this,though I still enjoyed The Homeplace very much.
March 9, 2009
Today, I looked out the window and I was enthralled by the beauty of the "snowy white blanket of snow". ...Too bad my writing skills aren't quite as impressive as that snowy snow. I agree with the reviewer who described that particular phrase as "unforgivable". Let me share my opinion of this book. I think that Morris definitely does have a talent for telling a story; however, there were some definite problems with this book. Fortunately, I didn't find many more problems related to the aforementioned (though were I looking for them I might have!), but I just couldn't suspend my skepticism over his portrayal of Lanie, the main character. I dare say that Maeva, a supporting character, was more developed than our heroine herself! I like to read about a protagonist who is realistic, well-rounded, and flawed (like a REAL person would be). Instead, I found myself being introduced to a completely flat, unrealistically perfect fourteen-year-old girl who never experiences a moment of immaturity, selfishness, or any other kind of fault. It's strange how her brothers and sisters all have their moments of weakness, but Lanie always ALWAYS does the right thing. Oh, sure, she has her moments where she is distraught, downtrodden, and at a loss for what to do, but we never see her human nature show in the least. I was very disappointed in the one-dimensional way she was developed. In addition, some parts were confusing and required re-reading if they were to be understood. Aside from these flaws, I did enjoy the book, and will probably read the next ones, because the story, if not riveting, was interesting. If you think you would enjoy a book like this, you probably will - but be prepared to suffer some disappointment.
November 24, 2007
I stayed up until 5 a.m. reading this book! I am facing a lot of uncertainty right now and God's care of this family was inspiring to me. I love Aunt Kezia! She had me laughing more than once.
July 6, 2007