- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Publishers WeeklyAllan cooks up another wise-cracking, flawed central character reminiscent of Leah Thornton, the alcoholic protagonist of Walking on Broken Glass. Caryn Becker is a widowed single mom who learns in the phone call that opens the narrative that her brother David is gay. Readers who don't think this is a dramatic problem will have no reason to read the rest of the novel. But those in the Christian audience who are captured by this premise can learn something from this story with a message. Allan writes well and engagingly, though the wit of Caryn's narrative voice could use occasional change-up to avoid sounding brittle. Allan spends too much time developing overly detailed narrative strands involving Caryn's catering business and her relationship with her best friend Julie before hitting readers with David's inevitable attack by gay-bashers, a pivotal event. Allan makes sure a lot is going on, but not all of it is equally compelling. Her sophomore effort is uneven, but she does bravely continue to push the confines of Christian fiction.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.