Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Cousin's Challenge by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I found this book exhausting and overwhelming. The first couple chapters set the pace of extreme dialogue and thoughts of the characters for the rest of the book. It leaves very little interpretation for the reader. I felt that if I met this author in real life she would talk constantly, just like in her writing.

The book is full of tragedy, one after another. I feel the author didn't have any other way to keep going with the book, except to add another tragedy or accident. While its true that tragedy can bring people together, simple honest communication would have done the same thing, and the book would have been much shorter. From the very beginning I knew how the book would end, I just had to sit through all the dialogue to confirm it.

The book was overall very easy to read. I wish the flow of the book was better. The use of regular English and Amish phrases were jagged, and didn't seem to always be in place. Its like the author realized she hadn't used an Amish term in a while and should do so. I also feel this book was just like every other book I have read in regards to the Amish culture. Tragedy and love triangles where everyone thinks they know everything about everyone else's feelings and they don't, but they don't ever talk about it.

I don't know if I will read another book by this author based on this book

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