Degrading female characterization that seems straight out of the 1950's, and exasperatingly cheesy dialogue and story. Don't waste your time.
While I really like the heart of this book and the basic concepts it promotes, it has the tendency to be very ageist at times, and in some ways continues the attitude it talks about throwing out (talking about being humble and non-judgmental, while using somewhat prideful, arrogant tones). I still think it's a great book for Christians to read, but it falls flat in the potential it has in the message by being overly careful not to offend its base of readers. It takes *some* of the blame for things Christians have done to tarnish their image, but not quite enough. Much of the blame still seems placed on "outsiders" and their "ignorance."
I had never read or listened to a Danielle Steel book before, and now I am wondering why she has been such a success. This was hands down some of the worst writing ever (rushed plot, completely unrealistic character interactions, too much narrative rather than action and dialogue, hokey storyline). I found it humorous in ways it wasn't meant to be. Not even compelling for a romance. Big disappointment.
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