New York, 1776
New York, 2016
Two women. One intertwined story.
Have the tissues ready.
That's really all I want to give you.
I have to admit this book took me by surprise. I had really no idea what it was about going into it. It had been several weeks since I had requested the novel for the review program so I could not even remember what it was about. It would not have mattered. The back description gives you really no idea what you are in for. I read the first two lines of the Acknowledgements page and decided not to continue but to move on to the novel itself.
I am glad I did.
There were small spoilers on those pages.
My review will not contain any spoilers. I simply want to encourage you to read the novel.
It is well-written.
It is a tear-jerker.
It is scary at times...the struggle of the two women and how they mirror my own fears.
It is quietly encouraging.
It is not a feel-good read.
It is not an easy read.
It is not a bubbly romance.
But, it is good. Very good.
I first read This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti as a young pastor's wife and mother. In fact, we were serving in our first pastorate and I was still nursing my first child, the actual owner of this blog! The things my eyes were opened to at that church were...many to say the least. I made a wonderful older lady friend while living in that small town and it was she that introduced me to Peretti's Darkness books. Although I think that Peretti did a wonderful job of writing his books in a timeless fashion, The Delusion feels like a fresh, new, young, and more hip version of those books. I can see a whole new generation being open and aware of the spiritual realm through this series.
I really don't want to give anything away, so I am going to keep this review simple.
The main character, Owen, through an odd encounter, has his eyes open to the spiritual world around him. Owen, in his naivety, uses names such as Creeper and Watchmen to describe some of what he sees. Though not a Christian himself, he is befriended by one named Ray Anne. Ray Anne tries to support and help Owen as he navigates the craziness he is witnessing and in the end takes everyone by surprise.
Although I may not agree with everything this author wrote, I did overall. The were several aspects of the spiritual world that I really enjoyed how they were handled. I enjoyed the book very much and highly recommend it especially to the young adult group. It is an easy read (word wise) but a difficult read for content. Proceed with caution.
The Delusion is the first in a series by author Laura Gallier. This book was provided free of charge as part of the blogger program.
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