Hey, Dear Bloggites, two posts in a row, Woo Hooo, Go, P (that’s Me!)! Since I did my book review on February’s book club book, this one is on March’s book club book. The Books & Broads Book Club chose Faithful by Alice Hoffman for March.
I was unsure of this book, and a bit leery, to be honest after not being able to read February’s book for soooo long. Be wary, that was not a happy review. 🙂 Enough about that review, we are on this one, Alice Hoffman’s book, Faithful.
I liked this book, which was such a relief, and I was intrigued by the concept of the story line about how in one instant, a life was turned upside down for one and non-existent for another. The story follows Shelby Richmond a young lady whose life was changed after a car accident destroyed her best friend, Helene’s, life leaving her paralyzed and catapulted Shelby’s life walking with a burden of guilt.
Throughout the story, Shelby is driven by a series of postcards she felt was left by an angel (possibly Helene since miraculous occurrences happened to people who went to visit her at her parent’s home). Each postcard had a phrase on it that subconsciously drove the direction Shelby led her life.
The story was a good story line but the characters were not as developed as I would have like to see and they were not very likable, I mean, how can you love someone who lives their life in a self-absorbed world and was very selfish with a “feel sorry for me” attitude? It is hard, Dear Bloggites.
I loved the postcard concept but I did not like how the author inserted herself in the story. Many of you have read those novels that you feel you are being directed to feel or think a certain way and those novels are the ones that the author did not remove themselves from the story line to allow you to create your own judgements.
Alice Hoffman did write the story in the third person but it was ruined by her inserting herself in the story guiding my feelings and thoughts about the characters and book. It was a nice relief to have an enjoyable, albeit dark and moody, novel to read. I might read another of the author’s books, if the book club picked it, but on my own, I do not think I would pick one of her books simple for the fact that, while I did not hate this book, it did not leave a strong memorable mark on my memory.
I give Faithful by Alice Hoffman 3 out of 5 Bookmarks. I leave you, Dear Bloggites, to choose to pick it up and read. 🙂