by Angela Hunt

January 2006
ISBN: 0-8499-4483-X
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press

Jordan Casey Kerrigan began writing when she was pregnant with her son, Zack. Zack has grown up despising her ‘work’ even though she is a very successful writer whose twenty spy novels have sold millions. Zack, even though he is in college, rebels the only way he can, by drugs and alcohol. Jordan is beside herself to know how to care for and minister to her son. When she is asked to teach a community class on writing, Jordan agrees, and starts writing a story in class, different than anything she has ever written. She hopes that the story will minister to Zack but when Zack threatens suicide, Jordan is driven to the point of panic. Will she be able to reach Zack before it’s too late?

William Case is a character created by Jordan for the creative writing class, but he is taking on a life of his own. He is an employee in an arcade games factory and he is supposed to make new games for the company. All the doors are left unlocked in this town, except one, and William is flabbergasted by why that one is locked. No one seems to know why. So William determines to unlock the door and find out. What William will discover behind that locked door will change his life, and the course of the book — forever.

The Novelist is a very cute story with lots of writing advice written in as Jordan teaches the class. It is almost like attending a mini-writing conference. Jordan struggles with finding time to write and managing her wayward son and is discouraged that she won’t be able to manage either with her class preparation time she needs. The way Jordan tries to balance her life is very realistic and the reader will be able to relate to her easily. I couldn’t quite get a grasp on Zack’s behavior, or Jordan’s husband, as the story was written in first person and I wasn’t privy to their thoughts.

There is actually two stories included in this book, intermingled in it’s pages, the other being William Case’s story. William is also realistic – but not as easily related to as Jordan. I hoped he would make the right decisions. The faith message is expertly woven into both stories even though in William’s case it is more of an allegory.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Novelist and recommend it whether you are a budding author or not. My attention was held throughout the entire book and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Laura.

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