This story moves VERY fast through a short period of time in the lives of a Christian couple, church leaders and their son and daughter-in-law. They struggle through suspicion, porn, cancer, death and more.
Written for a NoNa (November National Novel Month) challenge, there are a few loose ends that might be edited out, but understanding the situation, I could see the author getting all of the story down with the drama anticipated in a romance novel, then maybe tuning on it later. One of the beauties of an e-book is the way corrections can be made for future readers. This gutsy author makes the reader look at all the characters’ warts, then, when romantic justice would call fire down on them, she makes the readers see how God really works to retrieve what can be.
The focus is on faith and trust. The ending is unexpected. As other reviewers have noted, there are recognizable images in every scenario. Life is seldom predictable nor does the action work out the best for everyone. As a part of a series according to the title, there may be more from the Snow family.
From the Author’s comments about the NoVa challenge, this book is a debut novel. I wish there had been better editing for flow and technical presentation. As I mentioned above, the time factor for the challenge may have influenced the work schedule, but I hope the author will make some edits and will correct the Amazon copy. I can’t demand too much from the book because I think it was released ‘under the gun’.
My opinion of the book remains the same — “There are three elements that immediately attracted me to the story in Countenance and they weren’t the wonderful, strong and wise angels! First, I love huge, sensible, kid-lovin’ dogs like LuLu. Second, I can’t stay away from old historic buildings, especially those that have been converted into modern uses like a the Play House Inn Bed and Breakfast! Third, I’m a goner for individualistic, soul healthy cooking and magic, secret ingredients like that used by Sylvie Wolcott when she cooks for her guests at the Play House Inn.
I could go to the Play House Inn and play house in the kitchen any time! I would let the dog have treats while we wandered from kitchen to attic, ‘petting’ the woodwork.
But, there is more than kitchen and pet attraction in the atmosphere around the Play House Inn. Aunt Sylvie offers shelter to her niece, Nealey, who has endured an horrific tragedy. Nealey’s path back to living is surrounded by loving family on all spiritual planes, a huge, protective dog and those strong and wise guardian angels. The support team has its work cut out because evil has come to the Play House too. Evil that would destroy Nealey and all of the others to get to her. In an environment where tragedy has ruled for generations, why would evil not be the winner? It doesn’t look good.
Read COUNTENANCE and learn what happens. You’ll be glad you did!” Read it because there is a sequel coming and you want to be ready