Thursday, July 7, 2011

"A Vision of Lucy" Review

A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley was sent to me as a review copy by Thomas Nelson Publishers through their “BookSneeze” blogging program. It is the third book by this author about Rocky Creek, Texas, in 1882, though it is a stand-alone novel.
Lucy Fairbanks has lived in the town of Rocky Creek, Texas, all of her life. A budding photographer, she is determined to take what others call a hobby and turn it into a full-fledged career. Taking a picture of the so-called “Wild Man” folks have been raging about will hopefully be a step in the right direction. But Lucy is not prepared for the events that occur when she gets her wish.
David Wolf has returned to Rocky Creek to discover the mysteries in his past and to settle an old score. He was not prepared to encounter the spirited, attractive Lucy, who comes into his life like a whirlwind. David’s past and his secrets might just keep him from discovering the life of Truth and love that could be his.
This book was a typical historical romance that also had a little bit of mystery to it. I use the word “typical,” but I don’t mean that in a negative way. I actually enjoy reading “typical” books most of the time. I read for entertainment, not necessarily for acute realism, so books like this are fun for me.
The character of Lucy is spunky, klutzy, and overly talkative. While this usually bothers me in most novels, her character is so caring and so genuine in her faith in God that I liked her. The descriptions of photography during this time period were interesting as well. I liked the character of David just fine. I have nothing bad to say about him but nothing raving, either. Many of the townspeople of Rocky Creek were comical, which gave the book a more lighthearted feel, considering the main plot was serious.
My main critique of this book is with some of the romantic descriptions. Again, this is a typical romance (which I like) with descriptions of how the hero ‘fills out his shirt’ or how ‘his muscles ripple’ (which can sometimes get ‘eye-rolling’ for me). I also thought that Lucy acted pretty childish most of the time. While it helped that she was so caring and truly trying to do the right thing, she seemed to act out of place for a woman who had taken on adult responsibilities at the age of twelve.
A Vision of Lucy is a delightful read that has a great message of forgiveness and acceptance.
I will give A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley… 3 ½ BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as an eBook through their ‘BookSneeze’ Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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