Monday, February 20, 2012

Review- Christian Historical Fiction

Heart of Gold, by Robin Lee Hatcher.

Set during the Civil War, a preacher and his daughter move out to Idaho Territory. At the same time they move into town, a Wells Fargo driver settles into town with his sick sister and her son.

If you have ever read Christian historical fiction before, that's all I need to tell you. You now know the plot and the ending.

I like historical fiction, but I am sad that Christian historical fiction is so very predictable. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, one or the other then comes to Christ- or if they are already both Christians, they go through some faith building times, almost lose each other for whatever reason, and then get back together and get the happy ever after ending.

I'm not saying this was a bad book. It wasn't. It was a nice little escape; clean and wholesome. But it was predictable. I don't anticipate getting more of Robin Lee Hatcher's books for that reason. While I like a good clean escape novel, I don't really like reading the same thing over and over. I got enough of  that when reading Gilbert Morris books as a teenager....

I really wish that Christian authors (and musicians for that matter) would feel that they can be more creative. I think they get stuck in a rut and worried that they have to put a certain amount of Scripture in (or a certain beat) or something, or their book (music) is not godly enough to call Christian. I'm totally ranting here, but it's a bit of a pet peeve of mine. God is so completely creative (look at the variety in the world!), we should use the creative talent He gives us to the uttermost - and to me, the predictability of Christian fiction (and music) is a depressing commentary on our fears. Ok, enough of the rant...

I give this book 3 stars. If  you want a nice, clean, relaxing, mindless escape, this is a great book. If you want something different, you might want to look elsewhere.

I received this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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