Way back at the end of January, I shared reviews of two books from RFOA member Lana over at Walking the Off-Beaten Path. She chose those two books, as well as the two below, because of the strong central characters being women.
Lana wanted to feature these books in honor of our wonderful friend, Leontien, who continues to need all of our love, support and prayers as she continues her fight with cancer. Please visit the Love for Leontien page over on Facebook and leave her a note of support and encouragement.
Here’s the final two reviews from Lana…
Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent
Ron Hall marries the girl of his dreams, and begins a life rich in love, family, and wealth, until he almost loses it all. Together, he and Debbie, his wife, turn their life to God, her more than him at first, and work to bring their marriage back on track.
Denver’s story is 180 degrees different. Born in Louisiana to a black share cropping family, Denver’s childhood is marred by all the experiences you would imagine a young black man in the late 1950’s through the ‘60s would encounter. Denver’s road is not paved in gold, rather dirt roads unsolicited rages, and homelessness, and yet somehow he and the Halls come together in a poverty-stricken part of a Texas city to make Debbie’s dream come true.
This is a story about faith, and loss, and strength as two men from entirely different backgrounds forge a bond that will carry them through their darkest moment in life with God’s light showing them the way.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson and Reg Keeland (translator)
I have to admit, it took a while for me to get in to this book, but it finally piqued my interest, probably because the movie was coming out, and I always like to read the book before seeing the movie. I’m not sure I will actually see this movie unless it comes on a movie channel via my TV, but it was a good story, a mystery and a thriller, and Lisbeth Salander comes off as a very strong and somewhat troubled character.
The story starts with a lot of business/industry trial talk, and that is what lost me, but once the character Mikael Blomkvist settles his court issues, a mystery presents itself, and the intrigue begins. A girl has gone missing some 40 years ago, and her uncle, a once legendary business mogul, asks Blomkvist to use his journalistic skills to figure what happened to his niece. He offers to settle an old score for Blomkvist if he will help him.
Set in Sweden, the story has its dicey and violent moments, especially at the end. It might be too graphic for some readers, but I kept on with it. I was glad I read it. The story was a good one, and it seems there are more adventures for Salander and Blomkvist’s characters.