beneath the night tree, by nicole baart (tyndale)

First, the good things about the book: 1) God is part of the story. In fact, He is center to the story. I like Christian fiction that is about lives that reflect the characters’ relationship (or lack or relationship) with God. The ones that throw in a prayer here and there are too fake even for fiction; 2) The characters are well-developed. Even Daniel, the five-year-old is as real as a five-year-old can get; 3) The story elements are neatly tied together. Every conversation, thought and event is tied to the story with great relevance. Considering how difficult this is to do, Baart deserves kudos for doing it so skillfully.

Now for what I didn’t like: The story was so predictable. 379 pages in all, and you know the end by page 68. Really. Worse, the synopsis on the back of the book is like the mother of all tweets–I’ve never seen a blurb give away the story so successfully.

(I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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