I enjoyed Allison Pittman's previous novels so I read this one thinking about whether it would be good for my book club to read. There is so much to talk about! Yes, Dorothy Lynn has so much but she is feeling like she is walking into her mother's life and wants something more. When Roland comes along and offers her the chance to be a little more liberated, she takes it - but then wonders about what she might be leaving. I loved how the book flashed forward every so often into today. I also found the characters believable enough that I was frustrated with Dorothy Lynn's hesitations to assert herself - and I found it funny to read about her introduction to Chinese food. I'm looking forward to discussing this with my book club!
This book definitely painted a clear picture of how easy, and also how harmful, it is to give in to temptation. It shows how the world can get in the way of what is right. In the end, we see the power of forgiveness.
This book is very good and highly rated. The were two good parts in it where, first, going from present to the past and back to the present. Especially adding a real famous person from the past. Dorothy Lynn had gone against her believes and her family by trusting Roland Lundi and Aimee McPherson to leave her pregnant sister to join Aimee McPherson's journey across America to tell people about the blessings of God, so she could find her brother and try to bring him home.
The plot line is fairly basic: Small town preacher's daughter gets pre-wedding jitters and decides to travel with a revival meeting for the last six weeks before her wedding to the man who took over her father's pulpit. Most of the tension comes from a will-she-or-won't-she go back home and get married.
The novel features Aimee Semple McPherson, a real evangelist who traveled the United States in the early 20th century preaching the gospel, eventually beginning a permanent ministry in Los Angeles. However, the author portrays McPherson as a cold business woman who places more emphasis on maintaining sole possession of the limelight than on what Christ might want to accomplish. This might be an acceptable interpretation if the author had balanced her presentation with a more thorough background on McPherson, and treated the controversies of McPherson's multiple divorces, five-week disappearance, and the fact that she was a woman preacher seriously instead of making passing references to them. The general impression is that women belong at home, not trapsing about the country on stages giving lectures raising money.
Otherwise, it is a typical christian novel. No language. No sex. Some kissing. The writing is passable. The conclusion, inevitable. If you enjoy other works by Pittman, I am confident that you will enjoy this as well. But it might be worthwhile to take a glance at an actual biography of Sister Aimee, or even the wikipedia page.
I wasn't terribly interested in reading this book to begin with but I am so glad that I did. The story was very engaging and I loved the lessons learned by the main character. I'll be looking for more Allison Pittman books from now on.