About the Book
This is a storyline that we have all seen before: attractive rancher returns to the his father’s land to find it being run by a beautiful woman in her father’s absence, attractive rancher offers to work while he tries to regain ownership, the two begrudgingly fall in love as they battle external threats, the dark forces are conquered and all is sealed with a kiss and marriage proposal. Then end.
Yes, a storyline we have seen before that is predictable, yet we keep coming back to it. We don’t mind when authors tweak and twist the plot to give us a fresh perspective but use the same template because this storyline is a safety net for us. We know going in how it will end so it is a guaranteed “feel good” happily ever after. Somedays you don’t feel like taking a risk with your reading-you just need something that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and pass the time, and Chasing the Sun is just such a book.
I appreciated that Hannah, in spite of her daunting circumstances, did not play the damsel in distress and is cast as a God-fearing, people living, independent woman. She thrives in the face of adversity and does not mince words when men try to strong-arm her in to a decision or back her in to a corner. William is honourable and loyal, the polar opposite to the archetype villain-Mr Lockhart-whose malevolent intentions and motivations are easy to surmise. The children, Marty and Andy, bring comic relief and relief to the heavy passages.
While there was a fair amount of action interspersed throughout the book, there were quite a few sections that were bogged down with dialogue that sometimes came across as very preachy. The message that Peterson was trying to convey about God’s never failing love and strength was powerful, however I think the delivery would have been smoother if she had integrated it more into conversation rather than having running preaching monologues.
The action started off with great moments of tension but I felt that they were often resolved too quickly and neatly. I felt like there were a lot of loose ends surrounding the details of Hannah’s father’s disappearance even after the truth (which the reader is told at the beginning of the novel) is revealed to her.
**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**