This is a really good read that I almost didn't download after coming across a recent glut of Faith/Christian novels that amazon has been offering in disguise, in its Kindle Top 100 Free ebooks. This was an excellent read.
The summary pretty much covers the entire tale, and after seeing some such 'ministry' type of evangelical events on TV, I couldn't help but thinking that each self-proclaimed preacher must be a con-artist, gifted with the gab, only there to help himself at the expense of others - well this book had exactly that, in the form of the female lead's late father, preacher Bill.
However, it also showed that there maybe are some genuine healers out there, whose powers haven't been debunked or explained by medical science. Those who don't want money or recognition, but who want to help quietly and anonymously and whose powers/abilities may indeed be God-given - who knows for sure?
The character Annie, the daughter of the conman faith healer, starts off in this tale as disillusioned, a drinker, a woman with a different guy in her bed, in a different hotel room, in a different town every night, but ends up as someone who makes her peace with herself...and with God. But not in a preachy/Faith/Christian judging kind of way. In her own personal way, on her own terms.
The other characters in the tale, including the reporters, Annie's brother, the prosecuting attorney, Annie's business manager and lawyer, each have their all agendas and are possibly even more flawed than Annie and preacher Bill, but combine the lot, and this is a really quick, good short tale. I'm glad I had an open mind when I came across it.
on 3 October 2013
Annie is the daughter of a "pastor" who runs Grace Ministries, after witnessing her healing powers as a young girl Billy decides this is an easy way to make money and puts her on stage to rake it in. Her power leaves her and a little girl whose parent bring her for healing dies. Years later Annie remains fulfilling her deceased father's wishes knowing what she is doing is wrong and when the district attorney decides to prosecute her for being a charlatan her power seems to return.
A short, simple story that was at best nice. But as a free kindle download I couldn't knock it.
on 10 November 2011
The ideas behind this book are good, it has the potential to be gripping. Unfortunately almost every plot point is underdeveloped at best. Loose ends are tied up in just a few lines without being fully explained, because of this there is almost zero suspense. The characters remain very two dimensional because a) there are too many flitting in and out of the pages and b) the author has not made any of them emotionally engage with the reader. There were very few typos and if it wasn't for this saving grace, I'd say it reads very much like a first draft of a novel - the one you reread and rewrite until you've got a good story.