Thursday, May 7, 2015

# Alberta Sparks # book

Book Review: The Big House on Adams Street

Fritz, a young wealthy German, immigrates to America and experiences a shipboard romance on the way. His dream is to use his riches to help needy people, providing housing and hopefully developing a community of one accord. His family joins him after a big house has been built in Cincinnati, Ohio. In a variety of totally unexpected episodes, the beautiful, spacious house begins to bring together many unlikely people into a community. The transformation of lives is assisted by an elderly chaplain who is bilingual and has a great store of wisdom.

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Wow, it's been a while since I read a book that just didn't appeal to me. Unfortunately, this was such a book. While the premise was good, it just fell flat. The book moves quickly through a series of characters, but does so with such a speed that none of the characters ever become fully developed. Honestly, Katherine could have had a book all by herself. Also, the time period isn't brought to light until further in the book, which could lead to a bit of confusion. I think that Ms. Sparks has quite a bit of talent, she just needs to work more on her character structure/development and slow the pace down so that the reader gets a chance to really get to know and care about the characters.

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.

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1 comment:

Petula Lloyd said...

Great review. Sometimes we come across books that don't appeal to us. I like the way you expressed that here.

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