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Nobody's Child by Austin Boyd
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May 14, 2012

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3.5 Stars

This book was hard for me to rate for many reasons. One being that I know the author personally, and whenever you know the author, you can’t help but read differently. Another reason is that I’m not comfortable reading books with such strong Christian undertones. My mother loves Christian fiction, and the undertones and preaching do not bother my father, but for me the books fairly scream ‘it’s a sin!’ or ‘this is what good Christians do’. Taking those two issues into consideration here is a mostly unbiased review

Nobody’s Child deals with a controversial subject, egg harvesting. My own personal beliefs is that it’s her body and her decision, not to mention that she’s helping a childless woman to conceive by donating her own eggs. (I do not want to get in an argument and no I don’t think it’s ok to play god like deciding skin color, eye color etc. but both sides do have valid points) It was interesting to see this from the opposite end of the spectrum where egg harvesting is considered vile and against the very makings of nature. I think Boyd over vilifies the doctors a bit too much (but hey this is fiction) yet he does delve into the personal ramifications and emotional problems that Laura Ann deals with after having sold her eggs. I think that different people will react emotionally and psychologically differently depending on their frame of mind. Clearly Laura Ann did not do this to help a childless couple, but to save her farm, so it stands to reason that she would feel guilty and shameful.

The characters are also somewhat blown up and obvious. Jack, the uncle is a bit typical when it comes to the villain character. He is devious and wants the farm for himself. He hurts his wife and wants Laura Ann to bow down to his authority. With Laura Ann’s character I was torn. On one hand the constant guilt and shame was difficult to continue to read page after page, yet during the second half of the book she became a strong heroine who ended up counting on herself to make decisions and not just ‘leaning’ on her knight. Which brings us to Ian, Ian is practically perfect unrealistically, but how can I complain when many para romance books I read have the same issue of a perfect hero? Granny was also a bit typical in being the perfect old wise woman.

So to sum up…
If you enjoy reading about controversial topics and enjoy Christian fiction then this is well written and has a nice touch of romance and strength. If you do not like Christian undertones in your books then perhaps pass or just borrow from a library. Finally if you really enjoy true Christian books, ones that proclaim Jesus as the savior every page then I would also skip this book. Boyd walks the fine line between preaching and teaching and if you need to read about more salvation then this might not be Christian enough for you. Boyd clearly enjoys writing and believes fully in what he writes and teaches, having said that I can enjoy and recommend this book, to those who I know it will fit. Take the time to read it if you’re on the fence.
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message 2: by Yuliya (last edited Jul 25, 2012 08:36PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Yuliya Yes, I DON'T LIKE Christian fiction, so I wish I would read this review before starting reading this book. I don't quit then I already started to read book, but with knowing that it's again (why so much of them in "always available" audio books section in public libraries, it's public, not a church library) pitching annoyance, I would skip of reading

Jessie Potts It's hard because a lot of Christian readers find fault with Boyd's writings because he's 'not Christian enough' but if you don't like reading these themes at all I would skip

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