Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup

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 post a review.

Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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They’ve robbed me of myself. There is no shame in the realization. The fear is not unfounded. If only it were.
But how long will I allow those who’ve staged these attacks to rule me?

Years ago, psychologist Denilyn Rossi struck a chord across the nation with her bestselling book about bullying. But fear is taking over her personal life, on account of a brutal attack in her past and the possibility that the man who once stalked her might be back in Convergence by author Ginny L. Yttrup.

I really liked or loved various aspects of this novel. It doesn’t shy away from tough issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, divorce, living with the phantom of fear, and the cost of brushing aside your instincts. The plot has good mental twists, and what I appreciate most about the book is that it isn’t a “whimpering damsel in distress” tale. Yes, Deni has her struggles and weaknesses, like any human being, but when it’s time for her to stand up, she stands up.

However, for a suspense novel, I found this one to be slow, and I had to push through parts where I started to lose interest. A number of scenes are given to descriptions of little mundane activities and a lot of contemplation and ambling through internal questions, some of which may not be necessary. After a great turning point when I thought the story’s pace would pick up, it stretched into a long, sometimes evasive wait before the climax, with Deni’s faith reflections becoming redundant, as if trying to explain a message that was already clear.

The book also has a recurring little issue of missing quotation marks, which jars the reading at times.

Nevertheless, for the overall story, I’d recommend this novel to fellow fans of ChristFic suspense.

 

Home by Ginny L. Yttrup

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 the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Home GinnyHome by Ginny L. Yttrup

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I didn’t know what I’d be in for when I met Melanie, a forty-nine-year-old, midlist author who emotionally checks out of life and her marriage, getting wrapped up in her fictional stories in Home, a novel by author Ginny L. Yttrup.

That is, I suspected I’d be in for something normal-but-fantastical like Stranger Than Fiction. So when I got into the novel and found it was pretty somber and wasn’t fantastical, I didn’t think I’d love it. I thought, “Oh, dear, so is this one of those melancholy stories where everybody’s giving each other sad smiles while they’re inwardly rehearsing all the ways their lives are unraveling or burning to ashes?”

Nothing against folks who do like melancholy novels, but I usually need comedy, thrilling twists, or something else more in contrast to balance it all out. Otherwise I feel like a book full of dry gloom is killing me softly.

But this novel, as it dug through dark, tough issues, softly gave me life, after while. Yes, I, a writer, tend to be partial to books and movies that get real about writers. But this novel gets real, period, in a way that isn’t sparkling but is still engaging. Well, I can’t say that I personally found the pages of Melanie’s manuscript the most interesting, since I wasn’t invested in her characters, but the manuscript’s effect on Melanie is so key.

This is a beautifully written story that gave me a “God is here” experience that I don’t get with all books. And, yes, I loved it.