Thursday, March 8, 2012

Beyond the Farthest Star

This book could have been so much longer. Instead it was a fast-paced story that was a quick weekend read.

The story is about a family that has relocated to a small town in Texas in order to rebuild their life together. The storyline contains many familiar elements such as unmet desires, rebellion, family struggles, and political maneuvering. As the book opens, you know that the dad, Adam, is in the hospital in a coma and the daughter, Anne, is struggling to have hope in a desperate situation. The book then continues to flashback to what brought them there.

As soon as you start reading, you realize there are some family secrets that are being swept under the rug. SPOILER ALERT: Many secrets remain at the end of the book. I thought the book would reveal the truth about the family's past. Instead, there is a hint at what might have happened, but you never really find out what all the issues were and how they are all resolved.

I thought the book could have been twice as long with more character development and more understanding about the family's past. I am glad that the authors did not belabor the point; however, I finished the book wondering what happened? The ending came so fast without bringing closure to all the many story lines in the book. Maybe there will be a sequel?

Zondervan has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.

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