Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.
I’m splitting the difference on this one:
Quality of writing (pulled me in, kept my attention, couldn’t wait to see how it ended): 5 stars
Enjoyment of story (loved the characters, rooting for the hero/heroine, satisfying ending): 3 stars
Honestly, there was only one character I didn’t like: Celestial. Her self-centeredness was breathtaking; the fact that two men fought over such a selfish person astounded me. Because of my faith, I found it hard to relate to relate to Celestial, but I think her characterization is probably more common of the typical American mindset than mine is. I generally prefer to read books that are more lighthearted and hopeful, but I also appreciate reading books like this from time to time to remind me that not everyone shares my hope and faith (for various reasons). It makes me sad, but it also keeps me thinking.
This book stirred up many thoughts and emotions, which I consider the sign of a good book. If you’re looking for a funny, easy read, this isn’t the book for you. If, however, you want something to sit down and think about, I highly recommend this book. (This is not a Christian book, so there is some language and there are some hard scenes, but I wouldn’t consider any of it graphic.)