Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Well! Naturally, it isn’t like this with me and all novels, but I can honestly say that Delilah’s Daughters by author Angela Benson kept me engrossed from beginning to end, without any lag time in the middle. This three-sister singing group and their mother, Delilah Monroe, have some tough decisions to make and lessons to learn about the cost of fame, the power of purpose, and the value of family.
Granted, the novel’s opening had kind of a Jacob Marley/Clarence Odbody vibe for me, A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life pretty much being the only stories where I go in for stuff like ghosts and human-beings-turned-angels. And an early occurrence of one sister “shaking it” at a press conference made me suspect the read might be a bit much for my quasi-conservative sensibilities, but that turned out not to be the case.
What I may appreciate most about this novel is the author’s clear understanding of human nature and how there are valid right and wrong points on all sides of the Monroe family’s dilemma. Everything isn’t just cut and dried or neatly packaged for an easy, cheesy fix. Also, even though the story addresses unsavory sides to the music business and relationships going amiss, the story doesn’t sink down to become an unsavory mess itself. You don’t find that balance everywhere!
Now, besides being repetitive at points, the writing falls a tad flat in a few places where it could have “popped” more, and a new romance here has hardly any lead-up or a middle–very little time or development between 0 and 60. So, the sudden declarations and display of feelings there left me some paces behind.
Still, I absolutely ate up this story of a family at a crossroads, and I’m looking forward to checking out this ChristFic author again.