Most helpful positive review
Pretty good, with some comments
on May 9, 2002
Overall, this book was a really good book about the romance between Lily and Gabe, and the problems that Lily had with her father. I like how Wick seems to write for the Lord, and the book is strongly Biblically based. We need more fiction out there that is Christian. There were a couple of points that prevented me from given this book a 5 star rating.
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.