The Calling of Ella McFarland
by Linda Brooks Davis
Brooks Davis’ debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland, is
beautifully written. The balance between action, romance, and conflict
in this book makes it a real page turner. I was pleased to also find a
strong presence of faith throughout the story as well. I love it when an
author writes a book that helps me remember that God is in control and
all we must do is turn to Him.
There were times when I felt this
book was quite predictable but Davis threw in a few twists that added
just a touch of mystery to the story. But my favorite part was the
romance and I thought it was great that she included twists in that
aspect of the story as well. I always enjoy a book more when the couple
has to actually work for a successful relationship even if I know in the
end there will be a happily ever after.
There were times in the
story where I did feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of conflicts
with the secondary characters. I didn’t have trouble keeping up so much
but I did at times feel distracted from the main story. There were also
more themes in this book than I usually find in a book so at times that
detracted from the story as well. I loved all of the topics covered but
covering one or two fewer might have helped me enjoy the book even more.
There are a few topics that are meant for more mature
audiences. Attempted rape is mentioned, there is a child out of wedlock,
and there is an abusive relationship. None of these were the focus of
the story but conservative readers and parents of younger readers might
want to know ahead of time.
Overall this was a great read and
Davis is certainly an author to watch and I look forward to reading more
books by her in the future.
The publisher, Mountainview Books, provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.