- My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
- Genre: Contemporary
- Part of a Series: no
- Publication year: 2016
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Friends since kindergarten, Carrigan, Ella Rae, and Laine thought they’d been through everything together. But when cancer threatens to rip the trio apart, their world spins in a way they’ve never known before. Through it all, will they discover the secret to the divine taste of hummingbird cake—and to friendships that never end?
My Honest Thoughts:
I was expecting a sweet southern story, but was disappointed. If the book had not been labeled “Christian,” I would have liked it.
It would appear that Thomas Nelson is going for a new audience? I was unhappy with the swearing, glorified drinking and getting drunk, adultery that was considered a positive thing, and a character I couldn’t empathize with. Just being honest. If the book is marketed as “Christian,” I have certain expectations. Like I don’t want curse words. I’m sorry if people disagree, but there are ways to be real about swear words without actually including them. I don’t want constant drinking and drunkenness. The drinking and adultery are, yes, a part of real and can be handled in a Christian book, but I don’t expect them to be handled like this book does.
The redeeming parts of this book are the story of the friendships. That part was beautiful. But I was too far frustrated by that point to appreciate it. Other people have loved this book for the beautiful friendship story. So, if you grab the book without the expectations I had, you will probably like it too.
I guess I’m getting old and conservative. I’m not saying that I need my Christian books to be a preachy and naiive, but I do need some expectations met. Yes, the characters are human (and therefore fallible) but don’t call the characters Christians when their beliefs are not biblical or label the book Christian and curse and find more hope in a bottle than in your faith.
My two cents’ worth. I received this book in exchange for my honest review…