Thursday, February 3, 2011

Someone to Blame *review*

Someone To Blame
Zondervan (September 21, 2010)
C. S. Lakin


In the wake of heartrending family tragedies, Matt and Irene Moore move with their fourteen-year-old daughter, Casey, to a small town. Their goal is to get far away from the daily reminders that leave each of them raw and guilt-ridden. Their hope is to find redemption, repair, and renewal. Instead, the threads that hold them together unravel even more.

Breakers, a small community perched on the rocky coast of the Pacific Northwest, is draped with cold isolation that seems to mirror the hearts. As they settle into their new life, old grief settles with them. Matt is always on edge and easily angered, Irene is sad and pensive, and Casey is confused and defiant. They've once more set the stage for calamity. Into this mix comes Billy Thurber, a young drifter with his own conflicts, whose life unexpectedly entangles with the Moores'.

His arrival in Breakers parallels a rash of hateful and senseless crimes, and soon the whole town -- eager for someone to blame -- goes after Thurber with murderous intent. Out of this dangerous chaos, however, the Moores find unexpected grace and healing in a most unlikely way.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Someone To Blame, go HERE.

Guest review by my mom!

This book held my attention to the end. The message that I was left with was this: don't judge people - love them and wait, and you soon may understand that their undesirable behavior has roots in a difficult past, and be moved to compassion rather than judgement. Get to know people before you put them in a box labeled "undesirables". Our complete purpose is to love one another as God loves us, overlooking the negative and respecting each other as God's creation. The story led me to a place of gratefulness for God's plan of salvation for humankind. A well-written and researched book with appeal for teens and adults.

Thanks so much to Zondervan for sending me a review copy of this book. 

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