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: 4 of 5 stars
When the lumber mill closes down in Calder Springs, it essentially spells sudden doom for the town. But Julia is determined to find a way to keep the town going and to hold on to her home for her family in Julia’s Last Hope by author Janette Oke.
This is at least the third time I’ve read this novel over the years, from one of my all-time favorite series, Women of the West. Sure, some of the aspects still aren’t my cup of tea (too many dashes making much of the dialogue jerky, tears so frequent that they lose their effect, and other issues). Even so, while some of the stylistic and delivery choices here aren’t what I go for in ChristFic now, there are reasons why I keep returning to this series.
In the case of Julia’s story, even knowing the ending already, I had to see the process again. The eerie feeling in the streets and among the remaining townsfolk as a “ghost town” cloud starts creeping over the place. The questions and uncertainties. The way Julia’s industrious idea brings about outcomes she wouldn’t have foreseen and lessons she wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
Plus, wholesome novels that are easy to digest are still great to mix in between heavier reads. I’ll again be making my way back around to this series of standalone novels in the near future.