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. WhiteFire Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Ione is a talented dressmaker with her own successful dress shop in Chicago. She has a circle of friends who love and accept her like family, and she’s even attracted the attention of a bachelor doctor who’s considering opening a nearby practice. But when an ominous note arrives in the mail, Ione fears that the shame of her past could destroy her present—and her future—in Soul’s Cry, a novel by author Cara Luecht.
Before reading this book, the first thing that got my attention was the heroine on the cover. Historical ChristFic featuring an African American protagonist isn’t so common, and the fact that the book doesn’t happen to be about slavery or the American Civil War is an added bonus.
Once I started reading, I was immediately pulled in by the author’s knack for imagery and beautiful turns of phrase. Albeit this is the third book in the Portraits of Grace series, I was able to jump right in without feeling at all lost.
While I found it to be an interesting story overall, it also felt slow, more depressing than my usual taste, and especially redundant. Besides the occurrence of someone apparently ripping up the same letter in two different scenes (a little continuity error, I think), it seemed that I was reading some of the same information, actions, and reflections over and over, from different characters. In particular, Ione spends a lot of time inwardly rehashing her fears, regrets, and how unworthy she feels. Though I don’t expect a heroine to have it all together, of course, it’s difficult for me to get into a character who’s so decidedly down on herself and pessimistic for so much of the book.
Still, the story gripped me enough to want to see how it would turn out, and the grace that shines through the climax and ending is something to behold.
Soul’s Cry is Book Three in the Portraits of Grace series.