Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hallowed Halls (Book Review)


[I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  All opinions in this post are my own.]

From the publisher:
When Dr. Joy Gilbert is fired from a lucrative position she hates in the city, she returns to her small hometown to find her former fiance, Zack, single; her once vivacious mother struggling financially and physically; and Tressa, the 15–year–old daughter of the boss who just fired Joy, popping out the back door of her car. Tressa refuses to return to the city, where her divorced parents continue to battle in the aftermath of her brother's death. The girl's rebellion threatens Joy's career, but that threat means nothing when it appears Tressa's parents might lose another child to death.  Will Joy and Zack be able to work together again in time to save Tressa's life?
Hallowed Halls, new from author Hannah Alexander, tells the story of Joy and the people surrounding her:  her mother, her former fiance, and her former employer along with his family.  Family drama--between Joy and her mother, and among the members of Tressa's family--is a major part of the storyline.  In addition, the tension between Joy and Zack after their tumultuous breakup makes it difficult for them to work together.

I liked this book, but I didn't love it.  The writing is fine, although occasionally the dialogue seemed forced.  I liked Joy but didn't especially identify with her.  I wanted to know what happened with Tressa, but I wasn't staying up late to read the next chapter.  I found the ending unsatisfying, but maybe the author was simply leaving it open for a sequel.  Still, I'm glad I read it through to the end.

Hallowed Halls is one of the first books in the Jerry B. Jenkins Select line.  For more information, click the book title or the author's name above.


2 Comments :

Hannah Alexander said...

I'm disappointed you didn't enjoy my novel very much, Melissa. I realized when I published it that it's a different genre from my usual romantic suspense, so I think I might lose a few suspense lovers, but I hope to gain some who enjoy romantic women's fiction.

~ Noelle said...

That stinks... I love when I find a book that makes you WANT TO STAY UP late and read it all the way through...

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