I’m reading two very different novels at the moment; one has my interest The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch by Marsha Moyer and the other I’m simply struggling through, A Rhinestone Button by Gail Anderson-Dargatz.
Lucy Hatch is about a young widow struggling with loss and her attraction to a local musician/handyman. The prose is fresh with plenty of interesting dialogue and subplots. The narrator is Lucy herself and the story is insightful and peppered with humor. I like where it’s going and it has definitely piqued my interest.
However I must say that I’m disappointed in the second novel written by a well-respected and much-loved Canadian author, Gail Anderson-Dargatz who has written two bestsellers, A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death By Lightning. A Rhinestone Button tells the story of Job, a thirty-something West-coast farmer struggling to find his place in a small town and whose faith in God has him doubting that he’s ever been truly ‘saved’. He also has a condition known as ‘synaesthesia’ in which he is able to ‘see’ colors. The plot is slow and not much happens apart from him interacting with the same ‘colorless’ (excuse the pun) neighbors, friends and Job’s brother, as far as I’m concerned. The characters are dry and not well-developed and I just can’t bring myself to care about any of them. The authors two other bestsellers are much more defined and well-rounded with interesting plots, characters and drama. This book is like eating dry lettuce leaves; no flavor and even less taste. Blah!
I do plan on finishing both books although I’d rather dump Rhinestone and look forward to continuing Lucy Hatch. Even if a novel is boring me to tears, I simply have to finish it, regardless of how much I dislike it. That’s just me; a finish-what-you-start kinda gal. I’ll keep you posted.
This is the word for today.