Will of Wisteria

30 Aug

Will of WisteriaDenise Hildreth Jones

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2007

Paperback: 342 pages, though I read this one as an e-book

Book Blurb:

Four headstrong siblings must satisfy their father’s dying demands–or risk losing his fortune. Let the clash of wills begin.

Charleston blue blood Clayton Wilcott “got religion” late in life; so late, it turns out his kids never took to it. So he’s left a provisional will delivered in a highly unorthodox way.

Now they’re going to have to honor Daddy’s commandments from beyond the grave–for a full year–or be cut off from their substantial inheritances.

The scent of wisteria lingers in the air as the four spoiled Wilcotts battle for their birthright. Told in Denise Hildreth’s trademark blend of humor and heart, this Southern tale is about learning to love, learning to live, and learning to bend.

Stand alone or series: Stand alone and stand out if I do say so myself. It is unlike most of the Christian fiction books I read.

Why I read this book: I’m always looking for new Christian authors and this particular book happened to be available at my library.

Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I liked the title and it claimed to be Christian fiction so I figured that was a good enough reason to try. The beginning was sad, the four siblings’ lives were a mess—some with tragic back stories and some who just couldn’t get their act together. The anger and resentment did not make for an easy read. More importantly I saw nothing that would rate this novel as Christian and I was worried that I would have nothing to review for you fine folks. However I was determined to stick it out because I’m one of those strange people who when I start something sad—book, movie, etc.—I must stick it out to see the happy end or I feel uneasy. And I’m glad I did.

The journey that these sibling undertook was one worth watching. Their father was not much a father while he was living which left gaping holes in the lives of his children. Knowing that there was little he could do to reach him while he was alive, he reached out from death at a final attempt to help them find the value in themselves, a value beyond their monetary inheritance. I really enjoyed the novel once the siblings started to make some progress but it was a long time, about halfway, before they did. A little past half way is when faith started to be mentioned in the story as well. I find it hard to describe how it entered in. It seems to me that faith does not play a large role in the story. As some children start to get their lives in order they also find pieces of God, but there’s no large discussion of him. I suppose what I find odd is the novel did not try to preach to me by subtle or blatant methods and that’s something I expect from Christian novels. Now this may not be true for everyone who reads this novel, but it was for me. I found their personal journeys, not their spiritual journeys, to be the more engaging part of the story.

I liked the story quite a bit despite, what was for me, the hard start. I would recommend this novel to friends and readers. But be aware you’re in for a more serious read, though funny at times this book is not a comedy. For me, I must have the right mindset for a book—serious, comedy or otherwise—to really get off on the right foot. But I think you’ll Will of Wisteria is worth your time.

To all my readers and followers thanks for checking out The Word and Other Words! This post ends my kick off month for the blog. As much as I’d like to keep up two or three posts a week, it’s simply not feasible for me. So from now on I’ll be reviewing one book a week. The posts will go out on Tuesday, because nobody likes Mondays and it gives you the rest of the week to check it out. If you’ve got any ideas or requests I’d love to hear from you. Happy reading!

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