A good read about the religious biases of North Korea. A young girl is sent to prison and raped and beaten over the years because her father was a Christian activist. This is the beginning of her journey that will ultimately lead her into father's footsteps as an activist but now, 10 or so years later, she has a baby daughter she must leave behind in order to take up where her father left off... spreading the gospel. Thus, she write a diary to her beloved daughter so that her child will know how much her mother loved her. Mother does not expect to return to her daughter. A feel good read... okay narration.
The ending to "The Other Side" series was pretty good. I enjoyed it. It has good a good number of suspenseful storylines/events that kept me plugged in and listening.... This series is bible based and therefore prayer and faith in God's blessings were cleverly woven and positive outcomes were abound, somebody even came back from the dead! Well, not truly dead but was able to tell all the stories that you hear in the media when someone says they died and lived to talk about it (i.e.: seeing the light, seeing dead relatives, looking down on the scene while the doctors are trying to save their life, etc.). This may be TMI but I don't think that it will deflect from the enjoyment of the story because anyone can see the "return from the dead" coming anyway. Narrator did a great job with as many as 5 or 6 characters in conversation at one time.
I am a believer in "what goes around, comes around".... and what you plant today, you can expect to reap it's fruits tomorrow. I thought that I wouldn't enjoy this novel because I don't like being preached to. But based on the customer reviews and needing something different, I took the plunge.
I enjoyed the storylines so much that I've downloaded the next book in the series because I want to know who is the father of Paris' baby, who is Miss Esther Crowe, and whether Tiffany will divorce her husband, Darius, the serial cheater. This novel is bible based so there are virtually no sex scenes which was a relief for me after listening to a couple of Zuri Day's novels which are chocked full and explicit!.
In this novel, the shenanigans of church folks are some of the same shenanigans that happens in many churches today... real life stuff. You have Paris, the spoiled-brat daughter of the local politician, husband Darius "Dare" the serial cheater, the ex-stripper, and Jasmine the little girl who is up for adoption. And then there is the private detective who is hired by the one person you would least expect (that is if you haven't been paying attention). Everybody knows everybody else's business and, of course, everybody knows what the bible says about gossiping but gossip is what they do best!
If you are looking for lots of action, steamy sex scenes or a good ole thriller, this is not the book for you. But if you want something a little slower paced but keeps your attention well enough, then you might enjoy this one. Narrator, Shari Peele is as good as it gets.
The Penny brought joy and sadness. As the story provided insight to the world as we each see it. The excellent wording of each chapter provided many hours of delightful listening and self evaluation. I always enjoy how the Lord brings a book into my path at just the right time. The Penny is a book for all ages and a learning experance for us all.