Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wondering...When's the NEXT novel?!?

For those who aren't into fiction, much less "Christian Fiction," but have always "wanted" to get into it...this book is for you! I'm not an avid "fiction or "Christian fiction" reader, but this book got my attention. The reviews of Tim Downs previous works, which I haven't read, pushed me to request this book to review and I'm SO glad I did.

For those who just like plain "fiction," Tim Downs' "Wonders Never Cease" is the Coen Brothers' "Fargo" meets HBO's "Entourage" the Christian genre. Now THAT takes talent! Before I realized it, I was hooked. I was turning pages as the world turned around me and I felt myself "safely" escaping into a story that made me laugh, fume with anger, and slump back into my seat...only to bring me to the edge of it. Each page left me wanting more and I knew I was into a good book when I couldn't put it down to go to sleep...and couldn't wait to wake up and begin reading again.

The core of the story revolves around the self indulgence of Kemp McAvoy, but quickly brings you into the lives of the other characters. Every character is believable and you're able to grasp their souls through the brilliant descriptions by the author. As the novel unfolds, you can't begin to imagine how it will end...the twist and turns ("Fargo" and "Entourage" style) make you "Wonder."

The writing style is nothing less than magnificent and the care taken in choosing each word that was written will pay dividends in the success of this novel. (This could EASILY be a movie!) I liked this novel especially because I haven't liked where "Christian" fiction seems to feel they can take the mind-places I don't want my mind going...thinking on things that are not lovely, admirable, or worthy of praise. That's the kind of Christian I am...and for those who stand upon their faith, as I do, will REALLY enjoy this novel that doesn't step over any boundaries, but presents a wonderful story that leaves your heart warmed and "Wondering"...will Tim Downs write another novel like this one??? I hope so.

Note to Christian Fiction WRITERS: Read This book and TAKE NOTES!

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Loren said...

Oh Cherie! I am reading this now and so glad to see you liked it....I am just in the beginning and was struggling just a tad with Kemps attitude so i will continue on thanks to you :) I received 3 books and like you have never read Mr. Downs but researched him a tad and was hopeful about the book!

Hope all is well with you and yours!

Love and Hugs :)

Jan Cline said...

Wow, thanks for the tip. I am trying to add to my collection of books for writers!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I'm definitely going to read this one after reading you review. I don't tend to read or write Christian fiction, but you've piqued my interest.

Jan Cline said...

Hi Cherie
Thanks for joining my blog. I lived in Texas for a short time several years ago. Loved the weather. I will breath some fresh air for you and heave a shovel full of snow for you too! We still have some on the hills behind our house! Plan on reading your book - I write non fiction, but trying to get my foot in the publishing door with a novel. Great to meet you.

Billy Coffey said...

Well, you've sold me. I'm ordering this today.

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Excellent review! This sounds like a very unusual novel. I will check it out.

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I am so blessed that you would take the time to share your thoughts with me! You encourage my faith and I pray that God will fill you to the full with His love, mercy,and grace! With joy, Cherie

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