I'm usually not a big fan of Christian fiction, as I am not Christian myself and find that many books of the genre like to preach. This book, while following the life of a preacher, is not one of them. Based on the life of John Bunyon and his second wife, Elizabeth, this debut is interesting, realistic in dialogue and general feel, and very well written.The historical Puritan context fascinated me, as it was a period of time I hadn't studied very much previously. I will now be doing some research on it, as the book covered the religious and political struggles of the time period very well. I remained interested throughout the novel and cared about the characters, as they seemed very realistic and likable. This was an excellent book by a talented new author, and I look forward to seeing more of her work, especially historical fiction!
Really enjoyed the book. Highly readable and very well written, the story is interesting and has enough turns to keep the reader turning the pages. Lots of twists and turns to the central plotline and very good characterization and backstory.While the story did seem to rely upon several coincidences, it was a very entertaining read. I cared about many of the characters and continued to do so long after their flaws had been revealed. The only true quibble I had with the story was Katherine Merrimon's seemingly abrupt switch back to good parenting and a level headed lifestyle after a year of what seemed to be a great deal of alcoholism and drug abuse, but even that worked well with the circumstances she was facing. I completely enjoyed the book and will look for more by Hart.