Wednesday, October 01, 2008

On... Bachelor's Puzzle by Judith Pella

Each new book by Judith Pella that I read disappoints me even more. Pella used to be one of my favorite authors. To this day I adore the Stonewyke books, the Russians series and a more recent series (the name of which escapes me).

In the past couple years I have read three of her other books, including this one, and found myself questioning why I like the above mentioned series so much.

From the beginning of the book I could predict the final outcome. Of course, a few of the details I wouldn't have been able to predict but the final outcome, yes. This decreases my motivation to read the book and my overall interest in the book. In addition, Pella succumbs to the all too prevalent tactic usesd by many Christian authors, preaching through the character's mouth.

In my own opinion I do not think that sermons from a pulpit should be included either complete or in parts. When one of the main characters, Zack, in this story impersonates a pastor I knew that I would be subjected to at least one or two. Pella did not disappoint in that respect.

In addition, the change in the main character, Zack, did not convince me at all. Simply because he stopped living the "profligate" life he had before and started impersonating a preacher he discovered the wrong doing of his previous life. Also, the evil things were clearly evil. For instance, "shut up" was a heinous swear word.

I do not recommend this book.


MomE said...

That surprises me...I too am a lover of Stonewyke. Humph! Thanks for the suggestions of new fiction. I decided life's too short to spend reading duds!

Angie said...

Thank's for the review...I have this book waiting on my shelf TBR but I think I might just skip it now...I don't like it when I feel like the author is preaching to me. Thanks again.

Angela said...

Wow! I'm impressed with your reading list and how many you get done! Thats great! thanks for the visit, I love meeting new people!


Kara S. said...

I was a little unimpressed with this book too especially the long "preachy" parts. I did pick up the 2nd book in the series to read. Seems like I liked it better than this one. But like you said, Pella's books just aren't what they used to be. I haven't looked at your other reviews yet to know what you've read, but Tamera Alexander sorta reminds me of the "old" Judith Pella.