Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Book Review: The Photograph by Beverly Lewis
Since you can learn the synopsis of the book from other sources if you look around a bit, I won't bother to talk about it here. My purpose in reviewing things is just to give my thoughts on how I liked it.
As you can see from the rating, I didn't think it was one of Beverly Lewis' best, but I didn't think it was one of the worst either. I liked the main characters, even the guy, which is somewhat unusual. (His narrative actually seemed necessary for once, and wasn't as boring as I generally find a MMC's narrative to be.) As always, I appreciated the author's tactful approach to romance--that is, you could tell that plenty of emotions were involved without the characters being ridiculous and, more importantly, without a bunch of physical attraction nonsense. (This is such a pet peeve of mine I feel like I should abbreviate that in my book reviews to PAN. Ha.)
The storyline kept me interested and was unlike any of her others. I feel like if she writes a sequel, it should be the same story but from Lily's point of view. Honestly, it was a little hard to grasp exactly what was going on there and why, because we just didn't get enough information about Lily to have the proper character development.
My other problem with the story was the hardship/misunderstanding that the two main characters go through towards the end. While I could understand why it was awkward, I didn't understand why it resulted in such a lack of communication. I almost felt like I was reading a Sarah Sundin novel. :P
I probably wouldn't recommend this book to someone who hasn't read Beverly Lewis before, but it is a standalone novel which is rare for BL and isn't a stereotypical Amish love story, so it's definitely not the last I'd recommend either.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for review. You know the drill.