No Dark Valley

No Dark Valley

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by Jamie Langston Turner
     
 

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A masterfully written story of reconciliation for two people who will come to see God's vast mercy. Richly evokes small-town southern life.See more details below

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A masterfully written story of reconciliation for two people who will come to see God's vast mercy. Richly evokes small-town southern life.

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Publishers Weekly
Although there is much to like in this latest novel from Turner, one of the best writers in the Christian market, it's marred by slow pacing, unnecessary asides and relentless introspection. Using a motif of old hymn lines, Turner pens a tale of two neighbors. As a teenager, Celia Coleman was orphaned and raised by her grandmother, a conservative Christian. After rebelling and leaving home, an abortion left Celia riddled with guilt and disillusioned with faith. Now working as an art gallery director in Derby, S.C., Celia collects art but avoids relationships. Her neighbor, the formerly promiscuous Bruce Healey, is disfigured by burns, and Turner gives a fine twist to his story. As Celia and Bruce come to terms with their pasts, they begin to believe in the power of God's grace and forgiveness. This is challenging reading, with the characters engrossed in interior monologue rather than dialogue. Celia and Bruce keep telling themselves why their story would never make a good novel (which raises its own set of questions in the reader's mind). Turner's lovely writing saves many scenes, and fans will recognize characters from her previous novels, such as the Christy Award winner A Garden to Keep. Newcomers can read this as a stand-alone novel, but it will take stamina to make it to the happily-ever-after conclusion. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441204417
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
255,937
File size:
1 MB

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