Sunday, January 9, 2011

Following the Right Path: Book Review

A Path Less Traveled (A Miller's Creek Novel #2) by Cathy Bryant. 3 1/2 stars

Trish James is a hard worker, trying to support her son and herself in the small town of Miller’s Creek. After the loss of her husband, nothing has been the same. Her son is unhappy and distant with their situation. To help, Trish has him see a counselor, but nothing seems to awaken his heart.

Facing hardship, Trish tries to blaze a lonely path by trying to do things on her own. She avoids assistance from family members and friends. But when help comes in the form of a man named Andy, will Trish accept it - or will pride get in the way?

My Thoughts on A Path Less Traveled:

Trusting God and allowing others to help you through loss is the main subject of A Path Less Traveled. The author, Cathy Brant, does an excellent job of showing the pain and confusion that Trish experiences. I, as well as others, find it difficult at times to fully let go and trust God. You would think this would be easy to do, but often it proves hard. When it comes right down to it, we like to rely on ourselves. With that being said, I soaked up every smidgen of the lesson infused by Cathy Bryant. My only frustration was with how long it took for Trish to realize this. It felt like it dragged on a little.

Cathy Bryant is a wonderful writer, and I like the creative words she uses in her descriptions: “In spite of the thousands of winking lights surrounding Trish James, a wedding somehow lost its luster in the wake of death.” When reading her books, you’ll notice how artistically she creates her sentences.

If I were to compare this with Texas Roads, I would say I enjoyed the first one more. I can’t really say why, because I would be giving too much of the story away. I will mention that I didn’t understand the complicated family dynamics – which I hope I grasped correctly. That and one other issue kept me from giving this a higher rating. Despite being slightly disappointed in this, I am still highly anticipating Cathy Bryant’s next novel – The Way of Grace.

I recommend A Path Less Traveled to readers who like contemporary romance with a tinge of country charm to it.

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God bless!


Diane said...

Sounds like a wonderful read. Happy weekend! :O)

Grace said...

It was. Thanks, Diane! Have a splendid week =)