Saturday, April 14, 2012

Money Isn't the Most Important Thing

Amanda meets and marries Jack, but one suspects that she really fell in love with his three year old twins. She can't have children herself, and she wants them desperately. The early part of the book is filled with the idyllic, loving family that Amanda and Jack, create for the three-year-old twins.

But there are other problems on the horizon. Although Jack has told his billionaire father that he doesn't want to live on his money, the money is still there. When Jack and his parents are killed in a plane crash, it's left to Amanda to take care of the inheritance. All she wants is the girls, but scenting money, the maternal grandparents manage to gain custody. The girls are raised in a poor, red-neck environment, experimenting with sex and drugs and believing the lies told about Amanda.

The book is an easy read. Amanda and the girls tug at your hear strings. How many children have been sacrificed to the avarice of grandparents? The biblical themes, prodical son and Cain and Abel, are very prominent, but most readers will probably be oblivious. The fact remains it's a great story.

On the negative side, the characters are not well developed. We like the girls and Amanda and keep rooting for them, but the grandparents are too much of a caricature of evil to be believable. I enjoyed the setting, but felt the novel's potential was squandered on less than fully realized characters.

I recommend the book, if you like a quick read. It has good Christian principles and can even make you cry.

I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.