Author(s): and Erin Healy
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Received: Received from Publisher, to be given away on Paperbackswap
Release Date: January 12, 2010
Finished: March 2010
My Thoughts: Janeal lives at a gypsy compound, "Kumpania." To say she is unhappy there is like saying a cat is unhappy in water. Sure she has family and friends, but that is not enough for Janeal. She wants more. Then opportunity brings a situation that changes Janeal's world and heart. Years later, after dealing poorly with the decision she made, she must deal with the mark it has left on her soul and her friends.
I was surprised how we were introduced to Janeal, who seems to be a very selfish character. Her description of her positions in life left me feeling sour in the stomach, even as we get to her "wonderful" life years later. I think the reason her character is so unlikable is because deep down all humans have weaknesses like Janeal's that we hate to be reminded of. At least that is how I feel.
This was my first delve into christian fiction with supernatural elements, which is a little strange combination to me. Although I am a big fan of fantasy in general, so the fact that this genre is blending into christian fiction is awesome!
In the end, things are resolved, but my first impressions of Janeal's character and how she reacted stuck with me. They left me with uncomfortable feelings toward the book, and I guess myself.
About the Authors: Ted Dekker had a very interesting childhood that led him to write what he calls "spiritual thrillers." He has written many books, and two have been made into movies. Check out his website, http://www.teddekker.com/home/.
Erin Healy first started as a book editor for other authors. She wrote her first 2 books with Ted Dekker and has a soon-to-be released, Never Let You Go. Visit her website at. http://www.erinhealy.com/.
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