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Friday, April 17, 2015

Revell Review-The Legacy by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley

Afternoon y'all!! WOW it's been a long time!! With Easter, Church, and my grandparents here for a week PLUS a whole lot of reading, I feel so behind with my reviews! 



One young man is about to discover the true cost of independence

For years, Doug Anderson has been drifting slowly but steadily away from both his family and his faith. His parents have been trying to reach him before he falls too far. His friend Christina hopes what she is seeing online isn't true. But sometimes you have to hit bottom before you're ready to grow up. 

Just as things begin to settle down a bit, Doug's life takes a turn that requires every bit of faith and patience for both his family and Christina--whose growing feelings for Doug, a man who writes her off as not worth his time, keep her off balance. Will Doug's crisis finally clear his vision and help him focus on what he has right in front of him?


*My Thoughts*

I must say, I was immediately drawn to the cover of this book. I guess, as any typical girl, seeing a face to accompany the male protagonist is always a special treat to me, so it's not surprising this book had to make it to my tbr list. What is probably surprising, was the fact that I had never read these authors before despite hearing great things about them. Actually, I take that back, I did read Gary Smalley in the Baxter series with Karen Kingsbury but that's it. Unfortunately, once I delved into the book, I was a little disappointed at first.It just seemed so SLOW! Finally about midway through the book, I got more interested but I think it was the writing style that didn't give me the suspense I usually like in a book. Gary and Dan had a good story, great cover, e.t.c, I just think the writing was a bit too simple for my taste. Not that I like a bunch of fancy words, it just didn't seem to flow well and I didn't feel like I'd meet Doug in Walmart, like they could be real. Probably just me. 

I did, however, love their story line. It's a good idea. Maybe not necessarily for a teen like me but for someone like my aunt who struggled with a son like Doug, it's tangible. They had a perfect amount of conflict and just the right ending to make it believable which I appreciate. Which leads me to my next pro for "The Legacy". They did an excellent job with the spiritual content in this book. I think it's because it works with worried, Christian parents but they conveyed The Christian message perfectly without being pushy. For someone (just an example, not true for me) who's not into a ton of religious content within their books, staying away from pushiness helps a LOT. 

Some parents are really cautious about what their kids watch/read as they should and this book is very real. Not that it's a bad thing but it does refer to some pot/smoking, beers, as well as some possible deaths.
While this book was engaging towards the end, it didn't keep me up all night like usual...then again, that could be a good thing!

*My Rating*

As previously mentioned, I give The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley...

4 stars!!

*My overall thoughts*

The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley is a sweet, complicated story about a college guy, his struggles and how his choices affected his family and friends. Add a little romance and it makes for a charming weekend read without the usual suspense of an "up all night" novel.
 *Where to get it*

Thanks so much for coming and be sure to check out my other Revell reviews for April!!
                                        Happy Reading,

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