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. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to write a review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Since her husband left her, Joline has fallen into a life she wants out of, especially now that she’s in danger of losing her son. With nowhere else to turn, she runs to her sister’s home for help. But the man she’s running from could show up at any time in Joline’s Redemption, a novel by author Vickie McDonough.
The author handles unfortunate, “scandalous” situations in this novel with grace, and even though it’s the second book in the Land Rush Dreams series, there’s plenty of backstory included so that a new reader (like me) doesn’t end up lost. The fact that the story’s central villain does have both human and humane feelings mixed in with his unsavory mindset is a nice touch, and I particularly like the way the details of the character Jack’s past gradually unfold.
A good deal of the book lagged for me, seeming to prolong the time in between events that move the story forward. Different stretches of the characters’ reflections, especially Joline’s, rehash the same points, questions, and worries over and over throughout the book. It seems that the same story could have been told effectively in a fewer amount of pages without losing anything important.
Still, the novel’s message of hope, faith, and redemption comes through nice and clear.
Joline’s Redemption is Book Two in the Land Rush Dreams series.