Atonement Child was complete with every ingredient I love about Francine Rivers' writing - exquisite detail, fully developed characters, a beautiful flowing narrative and the Living Word breathing through every page. I found myself really empathizing with the main character's plight and even coming to understand the mindset behind the actions of even the characters that I don't particularly like (i.e. Ethan, the dean, the "It's legal" pastor, etc.)
The novel makes pretty clear what Rivers' stand is on the controversial topic of abortion. As someone who shares her viewpoint on the matter, I found myself moved, appalled and intrigued by the struggles that the characters went through. My heart broke with every figurative "slap in the face" that the main character encountered.
The book has given me a lot to think about. It has also challenged me to "TRUST AND OBEY" no matter how difficult my circumstances are.
Overall, I loved the book and how Rivers always manages to make me care about her characters. The one thing I find lacking is the ending - which I found to be rather abrupt. I would've liked to read more about how the characters - especially Joe - were handling what happened at the end of the book. I also would've liked to know what happened to Ethan and the people at NLC. But well... I guess that's just me not wanting such a good book to end.
Four thumbs up! (Borrowed two thumbs from a friend to make it happen...)
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers is a wonderful book. It is about a young college girl who is raped on her way home from work. She finds out that she is pregnant, having been a virgin prior to the rape. This book deals with the effects of an abortion on everyone involved, the doctor, the person having it, and those people's future spouses. This books is definitely a must read!
I've read pretty much every novel Francine has written. "The Atonement Child" was not one of my favorites, but it's nice to see it back on shelves again. Francine handles the issue of abortion through her gift of story, and she does it without being heavy-handed or preachy.
The characters are well-developed and the story flows well. This just didn't have the usual depth I've come to enjoy from a Francine Rivers novel. But fans of Francine Rivers will enjoy this one.