Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On My Nightstand - The Face by Angela Hunt

Whenever I read an Angela Hunt book, I think, "she can't possibly top this." As usual, she proved me wrong. The story hooked me from the first page.

Sarah Sims was born with a rare, life-threatening disability. Painful surgeries stabilized her and repaired some of the damage, but she remained deformed. The author gets to the core of this character, showing sensitivity to the many psychological, physical, and social aspects of her life.

The book's spiritual tones come in the form of life decisions and allegory rather than an overt message. There are short discussions of faith and ethics. Angela's masterful insertion of life principles gets the point across without causing a head-on collision with opposing viewpoints.

Angela came up with a twist and climax for this story I won't ever forget. I carried this book with me everywhere in case I'd have a free moment to read even one page. I give a big thumbs up for this gripping tale.


Jody Hedlund said...

I love a book that has a twist and climax that is unforgettable! Sounds like a great book if you had to carry it withyou everywhere you went!
Thanks for the review.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Thanks for review! Love to hear recommendations for new books and this one will be added to my list to buy.

Jessica Nelson said...

I read a few of her books a couple of years back, but nothing recently. I think the last one was the Judge? Or something? Never came back because he died, which made me not want to read any more of her books. LOL
I'll have to give this one a try.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I've read 4 of her books and enjoyed them all. I didn't read, "The Judge." The end of the book is very exciting and has quite a twist.

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Donna -

I hope you're happy with the books I recommend. Everyone's taste is so different. Maybe I should do a post on reviewing books and my personal philosophy. :)


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jody -

You're welcome.

This book hooked me from the beginning and never let go. Hope you find it as compelling as I did.

Susan :)

Terri Tiffany said...

I haven't read her in a long time. Thank you for this review. It sounds great!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

I'm glad this served as a reminder. Angie is a super writer (and a super nice person).

Susan :)

Angela said...

Thanks so much for the kind words, Susan. Appreciate them--and your enthusiasm--so much. :-)

And, um, there is no JUDGE. I think she meant "The Justice," but since it was based on a real story (Thomas a Becket and Henry II), I didn't have a lot of choice in who lived and died. :-)

Thanks again!


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Angela -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I wasn't aware of the book, "The Justice," until it was mentioned here. Thanks for giving us the background on that story.

Susan :)