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4 Stars Out Of 5
September 10, 2013
Can't believe the comment this was boring. Sons of Thunder was NOT biblically sounds, so I guess the boring comment would stand in light of that. Susan got back to her roots in this work and it was fun to see the depth of her style and faith shine again.
Having read SMW's "Sons of Thunder" and "Nightingale" first, this book was pretty disappointing. In fact, it's hard to believe it's written by the same author. I found the story a little bit boring and formulaic, although it did pick up somewhat near the end. I don't know what happened to Susan May Warren between 2004 and 2010, but she took big leaps as a writer! If you enjoy the Karen Kingsbury genre, you will probably enjoy this book.
Ellie Karlson, the protagonist, faces an uphill battle as interim fire chief. Chauvinism is alive and well in this small town, and she has her hands full as the boss of a firehouse full of men. Written in omniscient voice, this novel is one that I happily read beginning to end. I like getting inside the heads of the characters to better understand their thinking.The characters are well-rounded. Ellie never feels good enough and carries a chip on her shoulder. This creates a good bit of tension that equates to interesting reading. When people are hurting, Dan, the town preacher, is uncertain which words to use or Bible verses to quote. He's a loving pastor who wrestles with his inadequacies. How refreshing!Minor characters, Joe and Mona, go through difficult times and face a tough decision.There's drama in this novel. There's romance. There's mystery with a crime to solve. What more could a reader of Christian Fiction want? I give this one a thumbs UP!