Adventure Between The Pages: The Uncertain Choice

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This review is full of spoilers. If you want to read this book without knowing the ending, don’t read this.

So, I was going to wait until I was in a better mood to do this review, and then I decided that while I was feeling sarcastic and a bit grumpy and a bit silly (I don’t understand how those two go together either, but sometimes they go together with me) I would go ahead and write the review. Perhaps it will come off sounding funny instead of irritated.

Before I get started, let me first say that both the main characters show two qualities that I admire. The first is that they both have faith in God. Second, the both not only strive to, but do treat each other in honor and purity even though they are very attracted to each other. I also would like to say that the author did keep me turning pages even when I didn’t particularly care for the book, which is why it got three stars.

Now, let me begin on what I thought of MOST of the book. The beginning was the worst part. Could it have been anymore cheesy? One girl is about to be forced by her parents’ vow to enter a life of celibacy (which, obviously is the worst fate that could befall any girl, right?). But then *gasp of surprise* someone discovers that there is a way out: if she finds true love and marries before midnight of heir eighteenth birthday (seriously, I am not joking.)

So, three men compete for her hand. You will be shocked at who they are. A rich guy that flatters and gives rich gifts, a poet that brings flowers, and a tough guy who just plays hero sometimes, remains silent most of the time (what? You aren’t surprised?).

The middle part of the book was rather interesting, when mysterious accidents happened, but that part didn’t last long. Guess which guy she went for? (How did you know it was the hero guy? Whoever sees that coming?)

My biggest complaint really was who the bad guy turned out to be. Yes, she did succeed in horrifying me. Seriously, what is with Christian authors and making the priest into the evil guy? I wanted to throw the book away at that point.

Although this book wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t great either. It was far too predictable and cheesy.

I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own

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  1. I didn't like this story at all myself. The references to torture were totally overdone and historically inaccurate. I mean seriously, boiling alive was never a punishment for stealing, and the problem is people take books like this as if they were historical fact.

    I know what you mean about the typecasting though. The Priest/Bishop/Abbot always being the evil one. Now, I'm not Catholic, but even I know not all Catholic clerics then or now are bad. You get good and bad everywhere, so what about a more sympathetic portrayal of the clergy? In fact, there were some incredible men of religion in the Middle Ages.