Monday, March 18, 2013

June Bug by Chris Fabry

June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks about, and ultimately herself. A modern interpretation of Les Miserables , the story follows a dilapidated RV rambling cross-country with June Bug and her father, a man running from a haunted past. Forces beyond their control draw them back to Dogwood, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever.

My take: 3 looks
A modern interpretation of Les Miserables? Only in the loosest sense of a comparison. With that off my chest...

This is the best of Christian fiction: a good story with good people trying hard to do the right thing in a world which is badly fallen from grace. Belief in and worship of God is a daily thing, part of everyday life, and there is no huge evangelistic push here.

This is part mystery, part family tale, and all love story - between a father and a child. The characters are all likable, from the hard-nosed and pushy journalist Bentley to the always-in-the-wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time Graham. The only character who earns and deserves my dislike is Dana, mother to the child loved by all.

This is the second Dogwood book I have read (thanks, Judy!), and there is another in the wings, waiting on its turn in my book club. If you like light, well-written Christian fiction, I recommend this.

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