Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann

Jonah Westfall is the police chief in the town of Redford, Colorado. While he works to keep people safe, he has his own issues to deal with. There is a dark family history as well as a 9-year conflict with former friend Tia Manning. When Jonah discovers a pair of mutilated raccoons, he takes the case head on. Jonah will do whatever it takes to keep Redford safe. He finds that he cannot ignore his personal issues either, so he has a lot on his plate.

This is the second book I’ve read by Kristen Heitzmann and I’m really starting to enjoy her writing. The story is interesting all the way through and there is a message of hope within the story. A couple problems I found are that she tends to rush events which makes the story a bit confusing at times. Also some of the dialogue seems rushed, but these issues don’t take away from the story. There is the theme of unity throughout this book which adds to the enjoyment of the story. I did have the story mostly figured out by the end, but it was a fun read. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books in the future. Recommended.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Resurrection by Mike Duran

Ruby Case is a quiet, church-going mother whose world is turned upside down when she raises a young boy from the dead. People start coming from all over to see Ruby and she isn’t sure what to do about it. Reverend Ian Clark, Ruby’s pastor, is about to turn in his resignation when he hears about the resurrection. He now has a decision to make about what to do with this situation. The quiet town of Stonetree will never be the same… And this may be for the better.

While I did enjoy this debut novel by Mike Duran, I had a tough time getting into it. The characters are hard to relate to, and the dialogue often seems forced. It is a good story of redemption and hope, but it just wasn’t that great. Mike Duran is a good storyteller who just needs to work more on his novel writing.