Monday, October 10, 2011

Book Review - Sunrise On The Battery

Sunrise On The Battery is a novel written by Beth Webb Hart. The story is about Mary Lynn Scoville and her husband Jackson, who are climbing the social ladder in Charleston, South Carolina. To be accepted in the highest social circle is something Mary Lynn has always dreamed about, because Mary Lynn and Jackson both came from humble beginnings in a small town. Mary Lynn was also illegitimate, which caused the other girls to ridicule her on a daily basis.

Mary Lynn and Jackson have three daughters. Jackson schedules most of the girls' after school activities such as music lessons and studying so they can be cultured and accepted into a top notch university. On a trip to Europe, Jackson starts to read the bible, but in order to prove that it is wrong. He eventually realizes that everything in the bible is true and becomes a believer. He then makes drastic changes to his lifestyle and becomes overzealous in trying to share the Word of God with everyone, to the point of making the family social pariahs. Mary Lynn needs to decide whether to share in Jackson's new faith and ministry, or leave him and start over with a wealthy man that has always been in love with her.

My thoughts: This book had an interesting storyline and the characters (the family) seemed real. I liked the interaction between Jackson and Pastor Roy, especially the part where Pastor Roy recommends certain books and verses for Jackson to read such as C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity. I would recommend this book to everyone 14 and older, and look forward to reading more books from Beth Webb Hart.

Disclosure: I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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