Monday, 14 June 2021

B Book Reviews

Ryan's Father by June Foster

Reviewed by Samantha Coville

Ryan Reid and Sandy Arrington are thrown into each others' lives when an earthquake occurs in their small town. One car ride is enough to intertwine their destinies in love, life and, of all things, church. But both have their own troubles that make opening up hard. Ryan's parents were non existent in his life and Sandy doesn't even know how to dress for a church service. When these two come together, is it for better or for worse?
This was a hard novel for me to rate. There were quite a few downsides to it that I didn't enjoy. The imagery was less than stellar and I felt the earthquake scene at the very beginning was rushed and roughly drawn out for the reader. But, then again, maybe that was the point because it left me unsettled, very much like the people involved would be. But also, the characters didn't feel real to me and I didn't fall in love with them very easily.
But, there were also some good points to mention. Topics such as morals, absent parents, homosexuality and religion are all brought up and discussed and I love when an author will take a risk to put their opinion on controversial subjects in their writing. The ability to make the reader truly think about what he or she is reading is a gift and June Foster has that gift and uses it well. This is sure to be a discussion piece.
So, does a discussion worthy aspect of a book make up for sloppy writing and robotic characters? I'm not sure. I continue to go back and forth on that one. So I'm going to give Ryan's Father an average rating and give it two and a half earthquakes out of five.

Ryan Reid is a first-grade teacher and a Christian with a heart for neglected kids, but a chance encounter during an earthquake with Sandy Arrington, a beautiful young nurse, rocks Ryan’s carefully guarded world and unearths the secret he has held deep in his heart. Though Sandy falls in love with him, Ryan’s forbidden affections lie elsewhere, and he must depend on the Lord to see him through a battle he always hoped he’d never have to face.



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