I absolutely LOVE this book! I'm a teen girl and I can really relate to most of the situations that the main character goes through. But my mom also read it, and she loved it as well. So I think that this is the type of book that all women could read and find some way to relate to Amy [the main character]! It's become one of my all time favorites. I've read it close to 10 times I believe, and for an almost 400-page book, that's saying something :) Patti Hill's writing is sooo beautiful. Everything flows perfectly. I felt like I really knew the characters and the town. I actually cried two or three times reading this! Okay, I flat-out bawled during one chapter. It's an absolutely beautiful book. Every time I read it, I get something new out of it. It's truly a story of God's endless grace and I will never get tired of it! Love it! <3
This was not your average, everyday book. It's about two women, a mother and daughter, and how they deal with life. Overall it was a good book and I liked the ending, but that doesn't mean it didn't have its twists and turns. Patti Hill is a great writer, and if you are tired of the usual Chick lit book, then this would be a good book for you. Especially if you like a little drama, edginess, and suspense.
Patti Hill has created an amazing story with amazing characters that made me both laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. Patti writes in a wonderful style that drew me in from the very first page and held me fast through every scene, every word. I hated to arrive at the end of this remarkable coming-of-age story.
When I read The Queen of Sleepy Eye, I enjoyed the narration of the 17-year-old Amy and its authenticity. She remarks, "Enjoying God's grace is sloppy business" when she realizes with tears that the light from a church window didn't reveal, but rather overcame, her sins. And of course I loved Amy's wacky but endearing mother.Another comment made by a minor character, an elderly priest, who asks when looking in a mirror, "Who is that old guy wearing my whippersnapper soul?" was equally perceptive and terrific.All that is to say that Patti has a unique type of talent that can be compared with creating cliffhangers or unanswered (but leading) questions. She has the ability to create characters who are so real, they themselves leave the reader yearning for more --as if they were friends to whom we are bidding farewell. There's the bittersweet hope that even though they are going somewhere we cannot go, we want them to come back again.
Patti Hill is becoming one of my favorite Christian authors. I loved her "Garden Gate" series and had been looking forward to her next novel. "The Queen of Sleepy Eye" is a wonderful story about characters who reflect everyday struggles with life and how to apply the faith they live by. Even strong Christians wrestle with choices, and we see that even when wrong choices are made God is able to redeem them. An enjoyable read!