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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My Soul to Keep by author Davis Bunn: a David and Goliath story if I ever read one.
Here’s a group of Hollywood has-beens embarking on a faith-based indie film project while some of Hollywood’s elite, with a competing project, are dead set on burying the indie venture alive. But the impossible little scheme that a group of fallen stars is scraping together shouldn’t be even an ounce of a threat to the powerhouse of big names, big dollars, glittering talent, and cunning minds filming across the country.
A David and Goliath tale it is, but there’s no smooth sailing here. This filmmaking battle rages both above and beneath the surface right up to the finish. There are a lot of moving parts: not just actors, of course, but directors, producers, the media, lawyers, pastors, friends—a conglomerate of players in a story that takes several angles.
I wasn’t sure if I had a thriller on my hands, technically, but the intrigue certainly kept me turning the pages, and the motives and decisions of the principal characters, individuals chiseled and tempered by life, kept me engaged. A key scene or two did border on schmaltzy to me, and there were a couple times when perhaps I was supposed to be more amazed by some characters’ presence or skill than I was.
Still, I was rather riveted right through to the ending—not a fairytale ending but one bearing its own triumph and something of more value than a fairy tale.