Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Review: Unbroken

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Description: Difficulties arise at Triple Creek Ranch when Orlena, Norman Mavrich’s spoiled, pampered younger sister comes to live with her brother and his wife. The move is much against Orlena’s wishes, and she doesn’t hesitate to let everyone know it. Time and again Mr. and Mrs. Mavrich are driven to their knees to find strength to face another day. Join the young ranch boss, Norman Mavrich, his sweet wife, Jenelle, and the rest of the members of Triple Creek Ranch as they strive to be examples of Christ to the unbroken newcomer.

I was intrigued not only by the description of this book, but also the lovely cover. I bought myself a copy of the e-book while it was on sale, and it quickly made it to the top of my to-read list.
The writing was much stronger than I anticipated. While I think that teen readers will get the most out of this story, older readers won’t be put off by juvenile writing. Morris has a good grasp on the craft of writing. The only major flaw was sudden point-of-view changes.

The story itself was a slower moving story, taking time to develop the characters and give glimpses into everyday life. There were a couple of points where I was ready for the speed of the story to pick up, but the pace was steadily the same. It helped me to remember to slow down and enjoy the development of a story better.

The characters where fairly well done and likable. Jennelle was a bit too perfect in my mind. I kept waiting for her to get a little irritated at Orlena at least once, but it didn’t happen. Norman and Orlena were both very believable in both their actions and internal thoughts.

I really appreciate the strong values that were portrayed in this story, without being preachy or overt. Doing what was right and following Jesus were just who and what Jenelle and Norman were. There was never a point I felt like rolling my eyes because of a cheesy message, and I applaud Morris for accomplishing that.

Overall I really enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more by this author at some point. I am sure that she will do better with each book she writes and will continue to turn out godly, moral stories that both parents and children will love.

I highly recommend this book to younger readers who enjoy westerns, stories about daily life, and character building stories.