This was my second read by Victoria Christopher Murray and I must admit that I'm impressed. After reading the appealing "Stand Your Ground," I knew I had to check out some more of this author's work, and I have to admit that I was hesitant after noticing that her books were categorized as Christian Fiction...thank God I gave it a chance anyways.This novel was packed with drama. I somewhat noticed the non-existence of sex and explicit language but that was okay because V. Murray's compelling writing made me not care.
As for most books that I've read these past few years, I didn't care too much about the characters, but I loved reading about three of them; Sheridan and her mixed feelings for her husband, Kendall's lack of wanting to help her dying sister after finding out about the betrayal, and Vanessa's troubling thoughts of connecting back with her husband after he committed suicide. Those three were very intriguing plots. Asia on the other hand...I wanted the skip her chapters. Her plot of revenge by adding her daughter to the mix pissed me off so badly. I was completely disgusted at how low down and dirty she went just to make a man--that was never really hers in the first place--hurt because he wanted to do right by his wife. I'm not saying I couldn't understand her frustrations...after years of the glamorous life, good sex, and only giving herself to him, I would feel some kind of way about him deadened most of that as well. Although I wasn't quite fond of her storyline, I must admit that I did love her character development. She was the most developed in my eyes. (Kendall would somewhat be second.)
If the rest of the Christian Fiction genre is anything like this author's books, I might delve into a few more authors, but I'm most certainly reading the continuation of this novel and the rest in her portfolio. I HIGHLY recommend this book!