The Sinners' Garden by William Sirls
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book has everything! Murder, mystery, hope, forgiveness, a little bit of romance, and of course, faith.
I have never read a christian book that I am aware of. I always felt that they "preached" too much. But The Sinner`s Garden was amazing. It wasn't like any other christian book I have read. It was funny, sad, and like I mentioned above, had plenty of mystery in it. It doesn't follow one exact character, but a whole handful that are lost to God and I loved watching them grow.
Each character has their own quirks and are amusing in their own way, and sometimes you just want to reach out and hug them. While I didn't actually cry during this book, I sure wanted to at times.
There is also this thing called dramatic irony. The story is rich with it. In case your unsure of what that is, its basically that the audience (us)know a lot more of whats going on "behind the scenes" and we take a different meaning in what characters say to another.
There were plenty of times that I wished I could just jump into the story and throttle a couple of the characters or tell them what I know because their still in the dark about a certain situation.
Its that type of book. No matter that its huge, you just don't want to put it down because its that good. You want to get to the end to see what happens to these characters that you have spent a couple hundred pages watching learn about faith and their purpose in the world.
If your a christian, I totally recommend this book for you. It doesn't matter what type of genre you read, its just a must read. And even if you don't share the faith, I'm pretty certain you would love it too.
I received a print copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. It in no way effected my opinion.
The Sinners' Gardenby William Sirls (Goodreads Author)In a small town where hope and tragedy intermingle, things—and people—are not always what they seem.
Andy Kemp has suffered most of his life from both physical and emotional scars, and he believes that the scars on his face are proof that God doesn’t love him. Andy has grown into a withdrawn teenager, keeping to himself, until his uncle, ex-con Gerald Ripley, shows up and wants to be a mentor to Andy. Rip has turned his life around and wants to do everything he can to help mend Andy’s pain and the rift in his relationship with his sister.
Meanwhile, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering episode in one of the poorest homes in town. The masked man makes the sign of the cross, escapes, and Heather soon realizes that he has left $5,000 in gift cards to a local grocery store. As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy begins to hear strange and beautiful music, and Rip is convinced that he is hearing the voice of God.
As the lives and stories of the townspeople of Benning Township intertwine, extraordinary circumstances emerge and long-kept secrets are revealed.