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Nona M. King
on Oct. 10, 2012 :
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect when I turned on my nookcolor because I did not read the "back cover copy." I find I do that most often when I know that I'm going to read the book no matter what it might say. Having read Play it Again by Tracy earlier this year, I knew her characters would engage me, but I had no idea they would be the end all and be all as to why I would stay enthralled.
Their struggles and their passions, their confusions and agonies about loves and losses and faith all spoke to my heart in a different fashion. As per my usual, I was drawn more by the agonies of Thomas and Con than I was of the female character. In fact, I found myself drawn most strongly to Thomas right off the bat, especially since he was the one who more prominently opened the action of the novel and introduced the possible main story conflict.
Tracy has a compelling hand when it comes to weaving faith and family, as well as those heart-pounding passions, into her characters and her story. I adored Whisper especially. The only two things that kept WOM from getting a solid 5 star rating were *spoiler alert*:
Rachel's coming to faith. It was simply too sudden. Up until that point it was clear how she regarded the Christian faith as a "load of crap". Then she suddenly prayed for God to save her and accepted Jesus into her heart as savior? If there could have been weaving in of internal questions and heart tugs, her coming to faith would have been a lot easier to swallow.
Everything was solved at the end and tidied together into a nice, neat package. Life is not this neat, unfortunately. There were even some items solved that I didn't even realize needed solving. That is, they were so minor, if they were left alone it would have contributed more to the realism of life in Marshdale than if they were solved.
These two things did not negate my thorough enjoyment of the characters and the story. I look forward to the next novel by Tracy.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Would I read it again: Yes
Would I recommend it to others: Yes
(reviewed long after purchase)