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The Romance Readers’ Book Club

January 25, 2008

The Romance Readers' Book ClubI picked up The Romance Readers’ Book Club by Julie L. Cannon because I needed a “filler” book – the kind of book that doesn’t take all that much time to read, but fills the space between the book I just finished and the book I have to start for my club meeting. To be quite honest, I was really drawn to the sweet cover of the book and thought the synopsis sounded kind of funny. Fifteen year old Tammi Lynn Elco lives with her Granny and Pepaw Elco after her mother and step-father’s death when she was only ten. Her Granny (who in reality is only her step-grandmother) is a God fearing women who runs her household with an iron fist. Pepaw on the other hand is a kind, gentle type fellow. The farming town in Georgia where they reside is going through a terrible draught, which Granny blames on un-confessed sin and goes to prayer meetings at Promisland Church to ask for God’s mercy and a little precipitation. Tammi on the other hand stumbles on a bunch or romance novels and begins to realize, through the sexually charged writing, what her raging hormones already know – she is beginning to turn into a woman. Secretly Tammi starts a book club with a hodgepodge of people and delves into the world of romance, passion and romance. 

I really wanted to like this little book, but quickly became annoyed by the fact that it was so preachy. The main character struggles with her conscience throughout most of the novel. She knows (since it has been drummed into her by Granny and the local preacher) that she shouldn’t be allowing herself earthly pleasures, but feels drawn to these exciting stories. I have a feeling that the authors beliefs became a major plot-line in the story and I quickly became tired of all the heavy handed talk of damned souls and going to hell. It was kind of like listening to one of those TV evangelists or even hearing about this crazy fundamentalist group Chris wrote about who will be picketing Heath Ledgers funeral. It’s these type of people who give the rest of us Christians a bad name. What had the potential of a cute coming of age story fell flat in the end. Of course, I should have known what I was getting into when the author of a book called “Not Tonight, Honey: Wait ‘Til I’m a Size 6 and Don’t Sleep with a Bubba” is quoted on the inside cover.   

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2008 9:08 pm

    Okay, skipster. I’ll trust you on that. The Heath Ledger thing just baffles me. I don’t see how they could miss the part about not judging.

  2. January 25, 2008 9:46 pm

    Was this in the Christian Fiction category? It seems like it might be mislabled.

  3. Ariel permalink
    January 25, 2008 10:57 pm

    Have a great filler book for you, I just finished it. I think you will love it. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. Really, really good.

  4. January 27, 2008 2:21 pm

    Wow, yeah, count me out on that one!! Thanks for the honest review!

  5. January 28, 2008 1:38 pm

    Two comments –

    First: Martine Leavitt and I both graduated from Vermont College in the same class. She is a sweet, unassuming woman with talent to spare, and I agree that “Keturah” is a wonderful book.

    Second: Fred Phelps and his little group of psychopaths take the bible and turn it upside down. I don’t recall where “Love thy neighbor as thyself” came with an exclusionary clause. He reminds me of the terrorists who use the Quran to justify their actions. God bless sane Christians who actually follow the teachings of Christ.

    Kim

  6. January 29, 2008 1:56 pm

    What a sweet premise. I’m glad I read your review, because I too would have been frustrated by the actuality of it.

  7. Sarah permalink
    August 6, 2008 9:36 pm

    I read your first paragraph and thought, “oh this sounds charming!”, but then I read the rest. Sorry you had to be disappointed by it, but now I know not to bother trying it!

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