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  • Posted June 20, 2011

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    6 out of 10 stars

    Homefires by Emily Sue Harvey
    Release Date: June 7th, 2011
    Publisher: The Story Plant
    Page Count: 451
    Source: Received from publisher via Pump Up Your Book for review

    While I can tell Emily Sue Harvey carefully emplaces lots of sentiment into each word she writes, her overall complacent tone makes her novels difficult to enjoy. If Homefires was the first book written by her I had read, I wouldn't be saying this. In fact, I would be willing to give her another chance. But Homefires is her second chance. The first chance started with Song of Renewal, which I reviewed back in January. It was written to be a heartwarming story, but I personally could not feel the "heartwarming" part.

    Let's go back to Homefires. As a whole, it's a sweet, wholesome Christian novel that follows the romance, as well as the times and troubles of Janeece and Kirk Crenshaw. There are a few elements that tasted unfit for my palate, however:

    1. A self-absorbed cast. Every character in this book makes me cringe. They all align on extreme ends of personality spectrums. Some characters are too nasty, some are too saccharine, some are too shell-shocked, to realistically imagine. But each of them has one thing in common: they think they're way is the best way, and though it isn't said aloud, it's evident they would all refuse any other way but their own. The most naïve, and consequently, most annoying, is Janeece, who of course, narrates the story. Some characters, I feel like I could tolerate; Kirk, for example. He may not be the ideal husband, but even with his flaws, he seems genuine and charismatic. Unfortunately, Homefires is not told from Kirk's point of view; it's told from Janeece's.

    2. Superiority from the author. I know most writers have the right to consider their work the best work, but is it necessary to bring it into the text? When Janeece speaks, she speaks condescendingly, as if everything she has to say is the most important, and most fulfilling. I would not mind this if Janeece and Harvey really were as profound as they think they are.

    3. No structured expression in plot. The book isn't arduous, in terms of conventions. In fact, Harvey's style reads very smooth and the only complaint I have about it, is that it is drawn out to cover 451 pages. However, nothing actually happens in the story. Sure, little mishaps and small delights scatter all throughout the novel, but, aside from Harvey's point that family and love will always prevail, I get no satisfaction out of reading this book.

    I have one more thing to criticize (or, if you look at it sardonically, you could say poke fun at). Homefires ruined italics for me. Do authors have no shame in written structural conduct? Italics in prose can only be properly used for emphasis (provided, you don't count book titles, thoughts, foreign words, definitions, et cetera). There is no point in using italics if you are going to italicize every other word. Not only does it get annoying for me as a reader, but it's also displaces all the emphasis that should be put in a sentence, which weakens the writing on so many levels. Do I make myself clear?

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

    I liked the story and the author's style of writing. I empathize

    I liked the story and the author's style of writing. I empathized with the characters in the beginning but I feel the story could have been told in half the pages of what it took. After a while the characters became caricatures of themselves and it's hard to feel any sympathy for them.
    Parts of the book were confusing to me in that Janeece and Kirk would be kind to each other, then in the next paragraph would be hating each other again. I think the book has a lot of potential but needs some editing.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011


    What a sweet story! Thank you!!

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    Slow Starting

    Started of slow found it hard to stay with the story till the end

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Didn't like it as much as "Flavors"

    I loved Flavors by Emily Sue Harvey, so when I saw this book up for review, I jumped at the chance to be on the tour. I was a little disappointed in this book. Janeece and Kirk were young and innocent kids that were in love. They decided to "save themselves" for marriage and eventually they got married. Some of the parts of the book I could relate to, like when they were going on a trip and one kid had to sit on "the hump" in the middle of the back seat. I remember clearly going to Texas when I was little and we had to take turns riding on "the hump". So, I did feel kind of a connection with the characters, but not as much of a connection that I would have liked. Other than than, the book just seemed to move too slow for me, and it was too long. I do like reading a variety of books, but this one just didn't hold my interest as much as I had hoped. I have friends that I would recommend this book to (Staci). It all depends on your taste in books I guess as to whether or not you would like this one. The only way you will know is to just read it yourself! I do recommend that you read Flavors by Emily Sue Harvey though!

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