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A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman
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Overall, I almost thought this was a great book--but I had two problems with it. The more minor problem is that the love quadrangle plot was just too much like the love triangle plot in A Passion Most Pure; I really would have liked a little more originality. The major problem was that I really hated the subplot about Faith wimping into a doormat as Collin lies, sneaks, and commits emotional adultery on her and the children. You can say it turns out that he had a good excuse, but he didn't find that excuse until AFTER being a total sleazebag to his family. Aargh. In real life I doubt it would be a Betty who ends up in the abusive relationship, it would probably be an emotionally-crippled spineless jellyfish like Faith--oh, right, she did end up in an abusive marriage, emotionally abusive rather than physically abusive. She showed a little spine at first and then deteriorated into a limp dishrag and didn't even have the moxie to take a stand for her children's well-being. It was only a small subplot, but Faith's idiocy in dealing with her husband's infidelity left me with a very unpleasant aftertaste from this book. In real life, I doubt if things would have suddenly made a magical reversal--I just don't buy that God rewards spousal neglect and infidelity, and there are more kinds of infidelity than the physical kind. On the plus side, I am glad that Patrick finally found a tiny bit of his spine to confront Marcie on her vicious passive-aggressive games to turn the children and grandchildren against Patrick so she can feel that they love her more than him--she was starting to get on my nerves--but at least the problem was finally effectively addressed. I know a "sweet" woman just like Marcie--her children all turned out badly and are paying a terrible price. I think I am still really, really angry with Ms. Lessman and Faith for ruining this otherwise great book for me with Faith's spineless enabling of Collin's infidelity. These couples may be big on loooove, but they are mighty short on respect.
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Lexi I totally agree :)


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