I was unsure of what to expect when I first started this book, I was expecting to be overwhelmed by the religious aspects. I’m glad I was wrong. The book does have a religious base but it really works with the story being told.
This book is really well written. Exploring not only religious understandings but social undercurrents many people have to deal with on a daily basis. While trying to find their way through this maze we call life many of the characters are exploring the Gospel of Luke. I believe this book would be well worth a second read while also reading the Gospel of Luke. To really get a feel into the revelations each character come to or his or her journey.
Rebecca doesn’t hand you the characters motivations on a plate, you have to keep turning the pages to find the out what is going on beneath the surface. The story continually changes perspective from character to character. Sometimes this writing choice can become confusing yet Rebecca manages to pull it off. By swapping between characters it keeps the story fresh and keeps you wanting to read.
As each character has a revelation it makes you think about your own life and the lessons you have learned. I genuinely felt like a walked away from this book with a lot to think about in relation to my own life.
Rebecca obviously cares a lot about her characters. They weren’t rushed. Learning about their lives and backstories felt very natural. The questions and blank spaces were filled in as the story progressed. As a reader you weren’t bombarded with a lot of information at the beginning of the book.
Rebecca Hayman is obviously a very good writer, I truely look forward to reading more from her in the future.