Piercehaven: Welcome to the Island by Robin Merrill

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 for an honest review.

Piercehaven: Welcome to the Island by Robin Merrill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Emily has finally landed her first “real” teaching job. It seems like a quaint setup: a small town on a Maine island and a K-12 school with fewer than two hundred students. But as Emily gets closer to a dark secret in this town, her job—and more—could be at stake in Piercehaven: Welcome to the Island, a novel by author Robin Merrill.

I was drawn into this story rather quickly by the dashes of dry humor and, well, just a certain realness to Emily’s point of view. Except for some of the later chapters and an ending I found somewhat abrupt, the story moves at a nice pace without feeling rushed. Although this novel isn’t a thriller or anything, I became riveted at a particular point and couldn’t stop reading.

I usually don’t go for heroines who cry as much as Emily does, but the fact that she’s fully aware of her tendency toward “waterworks” makes a difference. Her tears don’t seem like a heavy-handed attempt to make the reader feel for her. Besides, Emily isn’t a weak or wispy damsel. She’s got some fire and tenacity. When the time comes for her to stand up, she
stands up
. That’s the kind of heroine I appreciate.

Now, while I’m a longtime fan of ChristFic, some of the “Jesus speak” and calls to salvation usually feel weird to me in novels, as was the case here. I also wasn’t too drawn into the story’s romance; the characters’ feelings for each other pop into the foreground before there’s a real chance to see why they’ve come to feel that way, exactly.

Still, there’s plenty about the novel that had me (literally) applauding, and if there’s a sequel coming, that’s a definite plus.


And, now, here’s my review of the Piercehaven sequel, Windmills.



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