Monday, June 27, 2011

Book review: A Vision of Lucy

This weekend I finished reading a new Christian novel, A Vision of Lucy. Here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:
Trouble may follow Lucy wherever she goes, but with the help of God and the rugged, reclusive David Wolf, she'll never face adversity alone.
Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is worthy, more than just a distraction. And her deepest hope is that he’ll see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, a painter. But trouble follows Lucy on every photo shoot: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.
When Lucy meets David Wolf, a quiet, rustic man who lives on the outskirts of town, she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn't count on her feelings stirring whenever she's near him.
Two things happen next that forever change the course of her life: Lucy meets someone who sees her as no one else has—as the compassionate, creative young woman that God made in His image. And Lucy helps David uncover a secret that forces him to change his perspective on an event that left him deeply-scarred.
God’s arms are around this unlikely couple as they discover the truth about long-held assumptions and the importance of forgiveness.

Honestly, it took me a little bit to really get into this book. It started out as a typical romance novel- boy meets girl, boy kisses girl, girl is all fluttery at the thought of boy... you know the drill. Happily, as the book continued it became clear that it was about much more than just the romance between the two characters.  I really liked the story line that followed David Wolf, the main male character. The mystery about his origins, plus the story of forgiveness and reconciliation really kept my attention. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, with its discussion of women's rights and the early days of photography. The characters, both main and secondary, were all very well written, and I felt like I was getting to know real people as I went through the pages of this novel

In the end, I really liked A Vision of Lucy and thought it was a very satisfying read. Now that I've "met" these characters, I'm anxious to go back and read the earlier two books in this series.  If you're looking for an entertaining vacation read, and you're a fan of historical novels, definitely consider A Vision of Lucy.

Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from Booksneeze, so that I could review it for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.