Monday, September 3, 2012

The Guest Book: A Review




When Macy was a little girl, her family took an annual trip the Carolina beach. When she was too young to write in the guest book, her father encouraged her to draw a picture. For the next decade, she exchanged pictures with a boy who visited the beach house later in the summer. After a tragedy, her family quit going to the beach house, but Macy still remembers the guest book and wonders what happened to the boy she shared her heart with. Deciding to go back one more time to the beach house, Macy's family experiences a summer of healing and mystery as Macy determines to find the boy from her past.

 

I read this book a month or so ago and forgot to review it, which is surprising because I loved it. The storyline is somewhat slow--not an action packed book but full of interesting funny mishaps and plenty of character growth. I was kept guessing who the guy from her past was and I was definitely pleasantly surprised when I found out who he was.

 

The best part of the book was the character development of not only Macy but also her mother and brother. Switching easily from the past to the present (without confusing the reader), the author gives reader a better understanding of who these people are and why they are the way they are. The past made the present more poignant and the message of the book more touching.

 

Fans of Christian fiction will enjoy this beautiful book. It felt like a coming of age story and a romance wrapped into one.

I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

2 comments:

JoyAnne said...

I loved this book also! Have downloaded The Mailbox to my kindle but haven't had a chance to read it yet.
Nice review!

Laura Jackson said...

I'll have to look for The Mailbox. I haven't seen it. :) Thanks for letting me know about it.