One of my favorite book series of all time is Anne Of Green Gables. And I just finished watching Gilmore Girls. I think the parts that I like best about both of those series is the small town feel to the stories. Even though there are main characters, like Anne, or Lorelei and Rory, all the other characters in their small towns are woven throughout the story. It makes it richer, and more like real life.
It irks me when a book only focuses on one or two characters in isolation, because that isn't how most people live their lives, especially in small towns. There are lots of people in the day-to-day that enrich our lives. You know their quirks and charms, and even though you may not know some of them well, or you may know some of them well enough that they drive you crazy, you love them all anyway for the charms.
If I was to pick one word to describe House Of Living Stones by Katie Schuermann, it would be charming. It really was like Anne of Green Gables, meets Gilmore Girls, meets church. House Of Living Stones follows the story of how Zion Lutheran Church got their new choir director, Emily Duke, and it follows along with the quirky politics and relationship dynamics of the people in that church.
The book started out slow, but by the sixth chapter I was really interested in the story. There really were several stories going on at any one time, but they were all woven together seamlessly. The characters were lovable, sometimes frustrating, but many times heartwarming. There were several "mysteries" about the pasts of some of the people that were revealed throughout the book, but in a real-life sort of way. There was also a subtle love story that did remind me of the one between Gilbert and Anne.
There was one curse word in this book that I thought could have been left out, and I have to add a disclaimer that though Lutheran doctrine was not discussed, it was alluded to, and I don't necessarily agree with every point. (Like some confusing language about communion, for example - I know Lutherans don't believe in transubstantiation, but the language made me wonder about that. I had to look it up.)
In spite of that though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if you like Anne of Green Gables or Gilmore Girls, I would say that once you get into this book, it has the same feel to it.
Note: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
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