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Once Upon a Sunday by Renée Allen McCoy


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.

Four Silver Stars

once-upon-a-sundayOnce Upon a Sunday by Renee Allen McCoy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Good Friday is turning out to be anything but good for Melinda. The shameful way she loses her job may be nothing compared to how her marriage has recently crumbled. What’s coming around the corner for her this Easter could be the making or breaking of her in Once Upon a Sunday by author Renée Allen McCoy.

I appreciate how much the author packed into a story of this length without overstuffing it or making it feel like disjointed chaos. There’s enough backstory and tidbits about Melinda to help you understand and empathize with her. It’s a very “come to Jesus” type of read for those who like an evangelistic message in their Christian Fiction.

I did find the story’s confusion of tenses to be distracting. As Melinda relates her account to the reader in first person, she switches back and forth between past and present tense quite a bit, and most of the switches don’t seem intentional. Also, as the story wraps up, it starts to wrap up a little too perfectly. I think some of the outcomes would’ve needed more time and development, so as not to feel Happily-Ever-After-like so suddenly.

Still, it’s an uplifting story that deals with hard issues, and I think many other ChristFic fans will enjoy it.


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