Bamboo & Lace Hardcover – Large Print, Mar 2003
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Few inspirational authors can put together a romance like Lori Wick, whose Bamboo and Lace is peopled with intriguing characters set against the two exotic backdrops. Shy, lovely Lily Walsh leaves her rural homeland, the tiny Asian country of Kashien, to visit her brother Jeff in Hawaii. Everything is new and exciting to Lily: grocery stores that overflow with food, chewing gum, coffee makers, and the luxury of hot showers. Most thrilling of all is Jeff's best friend, the handsome Hawaiian Gabriel Kapaia, who teaches her how to play tennis and golf, and encourages her to become more assertive. Despite her conservative father's disapproval, Lily falls in love with Gabe and must choose between pleasing a parent and following the tug of her heart. Although the book loses a little steam toward the end, Bamboo and Lace is a solid contribution to the Christian romance genre, and should win Wick some new readers and as well as satisfy her legion of fans. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Lori Wick is a multifaceted author of Christian fiction. As comfortable writing period stories as she is penning contemporary works, Lori's books (more than6 million in print) vary widely in location and time period. Lori's faithful fans consistently put her series and standalone works on the bestseller lists. Lori and her husband, Bob, live with their swiftly growing family in the Midwest. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The characters were a little too good to be true and a little bit 1-dimensional. Practically everybody was a Christian. Lily was, at times, a little "too nice", and it about drove me nuts. I was happy that Lily stood up to her father later in the book, and showed a little bit of spunk there. I like to read about characters who have character flaws because these characters are a little easier to relate to and are more real. Read the "Seasons" series by LaHaye and Blackstock to know what I'm talking about.
Second, I would have liked to have seen the reasons why Lily's father treated Lily the way he did, treating her like women were treated in Kashien. It was mentioned that he treated her like he did after Lily's mother died, yet, it seemed that that aspect of Lily's and Owen's relationship wasn't explored as thoroughly as it could have been.
Also, Wick makes the mistake that many Christians make in assuming that anger is a sin. Anger itself is not a sin. It is what you do with the anger that is a sin (example: Owen treating Lily as he did, Bailey expecting everyone to do things her way before she changed). This is backed up in Ephesians with the verse: Be angry but sin not. And there is such a thing as righteous anger, being angry at sin. Owen's way of treating Lily was sinful, and Lily had a right to be angry about that, but it seemed that the character was being punished for that anger.
Again, this was a good book overall, and I would recommend it. I liked the evangelical approach, but I wished that the characters weren't so goody-goody.
I thought the setting was beautiful, and I felt the book was peaceful overall. Some things I found missing were the time the story was place in. I could not tell at first if it was modern day, or not. Also, the development of the characters was lacking a bit. I never really knew what Lily looked like.
I personally would prefer to have characters with more flaws, and more human error. I think God is glorified by how we handle our mistakes just as well as how we move away from our faults. Not that we should sin.... Also, the male characters are usually a bit too insightful for me. They are almost women. The men I know don't really think too deeply about someone upon first meeting them, but Wick's characters always sense something special. And, once settled on the woman they want to marry, their eyes never stray. This is not realistic. Young women are reading these and developing opinions about their future husbands, so they should be more realistic.
Overall, it wasn't bad, but I prefer the California series much better.
Regarding the earlier negative review, I enjoyed the changing point-of-view, as I'm always wondering what all the characters are thinking, and she made it very clear whose POV it was, never making you guess. An author has the right to take creative liberties with his or her work and I think Lori Wick has done so to her, and our, advantage. I believe the characters and their actions were very plausible and completely in line with their personalities. Never were they boring or predictible, but I did not react in disbelief at their words or actions either. They were dynamic, interesting characters.
Bamboo and Lace was a captivating book and I'm a better person for having read it. I will be reading many more works of Lori Wick's. Enjoy the book!
Most recent customer reviews
I read "Bamboo and Lace" last summer, and thought it was a really great book. I enjoyed the change from most Lori Wick books, which tend to take place far in the past, around the... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2007 by Sarah Rogge
I picked this book up in the library and read the back. I thought it would be an interesting plot. But it wasn't. I was disappointed at how slow the plot went. Ms. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003
Bamboo and Lace was a good book, however, I (at times) found it boring and felt that the summary on the back of the book seemed more exciting than the actual book! Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by Elizabeth Summers
I really enjoyed this book and I enjoy the fact that Mrs. Wick is able to transport me into what most call a 1 dimensional world. I enjoy reading about her characters. Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Vicki Williamson
I love this book! I had been anxiously waiting for Mrs. Wick's newest book to come out. Immediatly when I got in my car I started reading it, and I couldn't put it down! Read morePublished on March 7 2003 by Meredith
Well, I'd really been expecting more when I bought this book as it was a single novel like Sophie's Heart, which I loved. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Monica
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. Lily is a wonderful character. She is an American 24 year old woman who was raised her entire life in Kashien. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002
It amazes me that someone out there actually didn't enjoy this book. This was a fantastic read. I bought this book less than a year ago, and I've read it at least 9 times since... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002
Lori Wick is an amazingly talented author who I have enjoyed over the years. Unfortunately, I believe she missed the boat with Bamboo and Lace. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2002
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