Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Worlds Collide

Worlds Collide

by Alison Strobel

Jada Eastman is a biographer who is writing a book about Jack and Grace Harrington. Jack Harrington is an actor who has starred in several television shows and many movies. Grace Winslowe is a teacher who recently moved from Chicago to California, where she meets and falls in love with Jack. 

I really enjoyed this story, and I liked the idea of where I think the author was going with it. But at times I was confused about what was going on. For instance, in the prologue Jada Eastman, the interviewer, introduces herself and talks about how she is interviewing Jack and Grace Harrington for a book she is writing. Then it abruptly jumps into the first chapter, where what seems like the same first person voice is telling her story. It wasn't until the middle of that first chapter that I realized it wasn't Jada's voice, but Grace's. And then there are times when Grace or Jack will be telling their story, and Jada will interrupt them to ask a question - only it isn't always all that clear where the story begins, the interview questions begin, and the story resumes. 

What I liked about this book was the uniqueness of the story presentation. It's not every book that allows the reader to see into the minds of both main characters. I did find myself wishing to have more than one chapter at a time into either Jack's or Grace's mind, but overall, Strobel did a great job with this technique. I also loved the character development that occurred over the course of the book. The author's portrayal of the characters' skepticism about Christianity makes it evident that she is Christian apologist Lee Strobel's daughter. When I figured that out, I was so excited, because I love his book, The Case for Christ

Would I recommend Worlds Collide? Absolutely.

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About the author:

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Alison began writing stories in elementary school, following in the footsteps of her journalist/author father, Lee Strobel. She moved to California where she was inspired to write her first novel, "Worlds Collide," which released with Waterbrook Press in 2005. Her sophomore release, "Violette Between" came the following year and earned her a Rita Award nomination from the Romance Writers of America. After writing "Violette Between" Alison took a break from writing to enjoy life with her new baby girl Abigail. She now has another daughter, Penelope Jane, and two more books published--"The Weight of Shadows" (with Zondervan Publishing) and "Reinventing Rachel" (with David C. Cook), as well as two more releasing in 2011. To learn more about her or to sign up for her newsletter, please visit http://www.alisonstrobel.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. 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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