Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Love Finds You in Tombstone, AZ

When I told Miralee Ferrell on Twitter I liked her book, she asked that I review it for her. I luuuurve letting people know what I think of my latest read, so it was a definite no-brainer saying yes. The fact she’s gotten words outa me right now is pretty impressive because I’ve been working like crazy, and it’s been a while since I’ve been writing actual reviews (used to write weekly book reviews many moons ago), so here goes...

LFY in Tombstone, Az (click the link for the back page synopsis so I don't reinvent the wheel) was a surprising read. I really truly shy away from anything that seems even remotely clichéd and so this was a nice foray back to the Wild West I love. Steering clear of the chestnut can be difficult when there’s a cache of books out there all along the same lines. The beauty of this one was though the theme was tried and true; the message of forgiveness came across much differently and gently.

What stood out most was that here are two people with a past they’d rather escape. It seemed that in order to honour this wish, the author didn’t delve too heavily into details and the overview of their past was enough. It my honest belief that some deep details in novels encourage a spirit of gossip in the reader, but here we know enough to keep the story moving, get the idea, and move into the good bits. The pages were effortlessly turning... chapters cruising past without notice...

I found the two key character’s initial doubts of God authentic, rather than an autopilot headlong plunge into prosaic faith and Christianese. “Inspirational” novels have long been criticised by non-believers for their lack of authenticity and Bible-bashing, but here is a story I would actually pass on to an unsaved friend, for here some of their (unspoken) legitimate and real questions might get answered.

Best of all, I loved the strong message of God’s complete forgiveness. When we do that 180 degree turn and fully choose to walk away from the sin that entangles, God’s amazing forgiveness and acceptance of us is something we can trust in and cling to entirely. This topic is broached tenderly yet without heaping it upon the reader in a cloying way.

A book has to have a “penny-drop” moment for me, or else it will vanish into the ethereous Black Hole of being just another book. One of my two such moments in this book can be found on p244 where it seems the penny also drops for Nevada:

                                                    ‘Sorrow at how far he’d fallen warred with a tremendous surge of joy that, in spite of his lack of faith, God had seen fit to answer [his prayer]. Something akin to trust stirred deep in his spirit, and his soul sent out the first tentative shoots toward his heavenly Father in years.’

As a reader I love it when a character grasps his faith with both hands and chooses to run with it, not because he has to, but because he must (there is a difference).

As a writer reading other writers, the factual parts of this book are amazing and Miralee is to be commended for keeping it so real. Being a huge stickler for the genuine and also being quite hard to impress when it comes to plot, I say well done for the history aspect! It makes me wanna go there!

Bottom line: Will I pick up the prequel Love Finds You in Last Chance, California?

To find out more about the Tombstone, AZ story here's another good review online.

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12v9

Mais il m'a répondu: «Ma grâce te suffit, c'est dans la faiblesse que ma puissance se manifeste pleinement.» C'est pourquoi je me vanterai plutôt de mes faiblesses, afin que la puissance du Christ repose sur moi.


  1. I don't know what's going on with the spacing ATM. Sorry for being so hard on the eye :'( S'really 'nnoying. MV x

  2. What an amazing review! You can tell the reviewer is a seasoned writer and I hope I'll have the privilege of reading something of hers one day soon. I loved that Mercy shared a specific "penny-drop moment" as well as specific details of what she liked in the book and why. So many reviewers just tell what the book is about but neglect to share how and why it impacted them (IF it did). I'm humbled and honored Mercey took the time to not only read my book, but to post such a comprehensive, well-written review. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Miralee Ferrell