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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Threads of Change
Although the structure of the plot is very easy to follow, there are several things at the end that are left unanswered. Before picking up this book, the reader should be aware that this novel is a sequel to Baarts first novel After the Leaves Fall. As a reader who read Summer Snow without reading the first novel, I can tell you that you can read this book without reading its predecessor. Im not sure if the author has plans for a third novel, but there are some relationship issues that dont get resolved in either book. Also, there were a few other things in the novel that still need closure as to relationships, careers, and social obligations.
The characters in the book have very little unique characteristics. In fact, many of the characters are stereotypical and are close to being unconvincing. For example, Julia is the stereotypical girl who thought she was loved, but then the father of her child didnt want anything to do with her. She, of course, then had to drop out of college and work in the junky grocery store. Some of the situations Julia gets in, although the author was trying to create pity in the reader, actually annoyed me because of the molded stereotype.
I didnt find the story that original, which leads to even more disappointment when it was matched up with below average characters. I was slightly impressed, however, with the quality of the writing. Baart has a clear narrative voice that comes alive in the writing. Within the first few chapters, I already knew what was going to happen in the rest of the novel. With a little more work on originality, I think Baart could write an exceptional novel.
Although the novel isnt particularly unique, Baart does bring up a few good points about the extension of grace to others. Not particularly for or against this novel, I would have to rate it as an average piece of work. This story is more for the female audience due to the pregnancy issue and the questions about relationships as viewed from a feminine perspective. I wouldnt recommend anyone younger than the young adult audience for this novel. -- Timothy J. Steece, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com