Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child

by Austin Boyd

Laura Ann McGehee’s father, Angus McGehee, is dying of lung cancer. Laura Ann is doing all she can to save the family farm in West Virginia, but she’s running out of money. She has a secret source of money that she’s revealed to no one. When a woman named Sophia comes to town, looking for her, townspeople speculate who the woman could be. They have already spread terrible rumors about Laura Ann’s reputation. Will Laura Ann open up to her childhood friend (and possibly more), Ian Stewart? Or will she keep her secrets to herself?

Having just finished it, I am having a hard time figuring this book out. First of all, the description made me think it was going to be different than it actually turned out to be. The first half of the book moved pretty slowly, and I found myself wanting to skip ahead to where it might get more interesting. Without revealing too many plot details, I would have to say that this book did not live up to my expectations. I think that the author had a great idea for a Christian fiction book that dealt with bio-ethics. I feel it had the potential for so much more. The one part of the book I really connected with was Laura Ann's ancestry line, which sounded similar to my own. Laura Ann had generations of ancestors from West Virginia who originated from Scotland, as I do. But the rest of the book didn't hold my interest much. 

That being said, I can't really recommend this book. There was nothing inappropriate in the book, but I would have to rate this one a "3."

About the author:

Austin Boyd is an award-winning author who writes extensively about faith issues related to technology and business. He published award winning poetry and more than two dozen technical articles and papers during his career as a Navy pilot, NASA astronaut finalist, and spacecraft engineer. The author of six novels, he is a Christy Gold Medal finalist (The Proof, 2007) and the winner of the Mount Hermon “Pacesetter Award.”

Austin currently writes for Zondervan, Inc. and has previously written for the B&H Publishing Group of Nashville, TN, and NavPress, the publishing arm of the Navigators in Colorado Springs, CO. He has several novels in work based on themes tied to faith dilemmas in bioethics, as well as a Christian layman’s guide to Islam.

Austin is employed as the Chief Executive Officer for Inergi, Inc., an engineering and design firm in Huntsville, Alabama. He is active in local ministry activities with Choose Life of North Alabama, the nation’s third busiest crisis pregnancy center, Southwood Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, and First Baptist Church of Huntsville where he has served as a teacher, deacon, and evangelist.
For more information, visit www.zondervan.comwww.inergi.com, www.chooselifehuntsville.org, and www.fbchsv.org

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

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