Friday, 29 October 2010

My review of The Preacher's Bride!

The Preacher's BrideThe Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. This book kept me up all night. Every chapter ended in the most 'annoying' cliffhanger. 'Annoying' is probably the wrong word because I mean it in a totally positive way! :o

Its tone reminded me greatly of Margaret Atwood's 'Alias Grace'. And I LOVE Margaret Atwood, and I LOVED Alias Grace. Its perfectly crafted. I couldn't find a single error. And I don't mean copy error (although it is clean of those too), I mean in structure and plot, etc. Remarkable writing, kept me on my toes (or with my head slightly lifted, rather, because I read it in bed!), hungry for more with every page I turned. I certainly wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being a bestseller.

I haven't read many novels based on historical events and I'm so pleased that this was one of the few I have read. It's given me a hankering for more! So, Jody, when's your next book coming out? ;o)

(For those who missed yesterday's post. Have a read. I expressed my excitement about this book a little more. This review is from goodreads so I thought I'd better be a little more civilised!)

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24 comments:

  1. So awesome!! I WANTED so desperately to participate in this book tour. Geez...I just had too much going on. I love Jody. She's one of the sweetest peeps. Great review. Can't wait to read it.

    (ps...still breathing??? Have a drink on me tonight. Thinking of you.)

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  2. It sounds like an excellent book! I'll have to check it out some more. Great review!

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  3. I've heard so many great things about the book. It's not my kind of read (YA all the way for this girl), but I have a feeling it's going to do really well. :)

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  4. If Jody reads this she is going to be so flattered!!! It's on my TBR list but you've made me want it in my hands! I have a love/hate relationship with those fabulous cliff hangers at the end of each chapter!

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  5. Now you've just made me want to run and get this book! Thanks for this good review!!! I will check this book out...will definitely put it on my To be Read list.

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  6. Wow, you've made this book sound fantastic! Jody has a great blog and it seems her book is just as good! Thanks for the review.

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  7. This was already on my "to be purchased" list. Now, it's a must.
    Karen

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  8. Great review! I can't wait to read this!

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  9. hi miss jessica! did you get done reading the whole thing? wow sounds like you really loved it. i like reviews cause they help me know if i could want a book or if it not for my age. i hope you have a really fun weekend.
    say hi to holly and give her a treat for me!
    ...hugs from lenny

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  10. Thanks for the review~ adding it to my loooooong TBR list :)

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  11. This is going on my list, and I'm a huge Atwood fan, too!!!!!

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  12. Me want! I love reading books that don't make me "critique" them as I go. Flawless writing will do that. Maybe now you'll get some sleep :-)

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  13. Ooo, Margaret Atwood is sweet, I read The Handmaid's Tale. Maybe I'll check this out!

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  14. I really want to read this book!!!

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  15. wow! I am so getting this book next~ :o) Thanks, girl! <3

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  16. I have this book in my stack of TBR and I can't wait to get to it. I love those 'annoying' cliffhangers. You keep telling yourself, just one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep but then there's another cliffhanger and you have to go one more, and one more. Great review.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  17. Fantastic to hear. Its on my list and Jody is one of the loveliest people online! Very supportive of new writers!! ;)

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  18. I haven't read The Preacher's Bride, but I might have to put it on my "think about checking out" list. One of the biggest things I focus on in my own writing is to always end EVERY chapter on a bit of an unsettled note. The goal is to do exactly what happened to you...not give the reader a comfortable place to stop. Always keep them curious about what happens next!!

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  20. Oh, thank you so much for posting this review, Jessica! You've been such an encouragement to me and my book!

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  21. I'm going to have to buy this for my Mom for Christmas. She likes this genre. And I'm seeing reviews all over Blogdom.

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  22. I got it! D1 sent it for my birthday! I am half way through another but Preacher's Bride is calling out to me. :)

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