One of the cool elements of this venture is that I am exposed to material I would not normally gravitate towards. That is the situation in this case. My most recent read is “Macy,” by April McGowan. The author provided me with a free copy, so that I could write this review. As always, regardless of the source providing me with literature, I call them as I them, in hopes that those who take the time to ingest this post will be informed consumers.
Macy Stone has always craved freedom, but somehow, it managed to elude her. Marrying at sixteen may not have been the best way to escape her less than stellar home situation, but at the time it seemed incredibly romantic. Seven years later, her happily ever after derailed, she finds herself pregnant and abandoned in an unknown small town at a non descript greasy spoon. Can she figure out how to cobble together a great life, even if it isn’t what she planned? When facts come to light that shift her perspective on past relationships, will she be able to choose forgiveness by leaning on the God her grandmother taught her about so many years ago? Or will bitterness take root?
As I mentioned at the top, I might not have been drawn to this novel on my own, but once I started, I was hooked. The story took me a little over twenty four hours to finish. I could not wait to discover what happened. The people portrayed came across as just flawed enough to be real. This book uses real life situations not often discussed in Christian fiction, like domestic abuse and dysfunctional families, to highlight important insights about faith in Jesus. The subject matter is a bit intense, but nothing offensive exists. I would okay it for general audiences, especially directing it as a conversation starter for teenagers and parents. Fans of Karen Kingsbury will be pleased to have another option. My rating is five out of five stars. Stop what you are doing, and acquire this today! I hope to be able to share about other inventions from April McGowan soon. Until we meet again…