Monday, June 27, 2016

There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey

When one of the blurbs on the back speaks of the lyrical writing, you know this is going to be a different read.

And, to be sure, it took me a while to get comfortable with the style of Coffey's writing.

The setting is down south. Bobby Barns is a father of two boys and not exactly the assumed hero. He has a lot of character flaws.

After an accident, Bobby discovers he's in something akin to the movie, Groundhog Day. And he finds others who are in similar situations.

This is a very deep book. It will take you a while to get used to the writing style and the way the characters talk. You might even have to reread the first few chapters. But if you stick with it, you may find yourself deeply moved by the ideas Coffey explores with Bobby and his fellow "turners"

The reader's guide at the end provides a little assistance in understanding some of the themes within, but these are real-to-life presentations of people. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, a bit of dark and a bit of light in them.

You may not even fully comprehend what you read once the book is over, but you will be pondering this story long after it's over.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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