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: 3 of 5 stars
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After the death of her husband, Katherine returns to her hometown to start over. She wants to raise her two children in peace, but her mother butting in to play matchmaker and the presence of her troubled teenaged sister aren’t exactly helping. As rumors about her family spread through town, Katherine wonders if she should have returned home at all in Beauty Within, a romantic suspense tale by author Rachel Skatvold.
This novella was a good read in between reads for me: a story of new beginnings–and of tragedy as well, but it still served as a needed picker-upper. I didn’t plan on reading it when I did, but once I got started, the key characters’ predicaments got me curious, and I simply had to keep going.
I thought the story to be rushed in spots; the characters seem to hurry through certain conversations and emotions. Also, the development of evangelistic content in the story felt clichéd to me. As a longtime reader of Christian Fiction, I’ve seen it in a number of books, where dialogue or scenes seem to follow a prescribed pattern, fitting in the “right” or common Christian lingo. But those scenes wind up reading more like a Gospel tract or a new believer’s handbook than a novel or novella, and it pulls me out of the story.
Nevertheless, this quick read should appeal to other fans of sweet and uplifting romances with suspense.
Beauty Within is Book One in the Riley Family Legacy series.