Before I get to the actual review of the book, this is the first book I've read on a tablet. I had thought the Nook, Kindle, etc., were interesting, wasn't sure if I would enjoy reading a book in that type of format. Then we downsized and budgeting became an issue so that kind of put on hold me getting such a device until son got a tablet and I saw I could read books on it so I made him a deal to help pay some of the expense of it and get to use it for book reading/review. It seems most of the book reviewing companies are doing Ebooks these days rather than sending a hardcover book out, cheaper I'm sure, so if I wanted to continue to do book reviews, I needed to jump on board. Of course, as in the Smart Phone, I'm the last to do anything and I know a lot of you have readers similar and enjoy them immensely.
I did find I really enjoyed reading the book on the tablet and after I figured out how to download it, it was so easy to run. I'm sure I'll use it a lot to review other books down the line.
Now on to the review I am reviewing for BookLookBloggers. The last time I did a review for them, about a year ago, they were known as BookSneeze.
I'm reviewing the book Sarah's Choice for BookLookBloggers written by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue. As part of agreeing to read the book in its entirety and writing a review about it on my blog as well as a commercial site, I was given a free copy of the book.
Sarah's Choice, briefly, tells the story of Sarah Collins who is struggling to make her name in the advertising business and is up for a promotion along with another fellow employee in the company. She is ambitious and really wants the promotion, knowing that it will help her with some of the money problems she has inherited, having taken on the responsibility of paying for her dad's medical bills with his cancer treatment, although he has subsequently passed on several years prior. She is always trying to avoid the manager of her apartment building because she is always late in rent.
Sarah finds herself pregnant and unmarried and faces that age old dilemma of what to do in such a situation. Does she keep the baby, put it up for adoption, or have the unspeakable action that her mother will never forgive her if she does.
Throughout the course of the book, she struggles with this decision. She visits a clinic to find out options and on the way out is handed a Christmas card (the story happens shortly before Christmas) where there are 3 wise men on the card. The lady who hands her the card says she will have 3 visions.
She does have these 3 visions over the course of the story in which at least two of them she has a vision of herself raising the child she is pregnant with. I don't want to give away too much of the story to go deeper into the nature of the visions.
She is also befriended by a lady at work who is 9 months pregnant, about to go out on maternity leave, whose job she is up for the promotion. She helps Sarah in sorting out her feelings.
In the end, Sarah makes the best choice for herself with the help of her boyfriend as well as her turning back to God, someone she had turned away from when her dad had died 3 years earlier.
I kind of enjoyed the story. I felt it kind of dragged in certain parts of the book, like within the first few paragraphs, we know she's pregnant, but she doesn't realize she's pregnant for a few more chapters down the road. It would have been nicer if less was focused upon that and the reality of her predicament was made earlier than later.
Parts were stilted and didn't flow well and seemed not to keep with the theme of the story.
I also thought too with the 3 visions it was like taking the theme from Its a Wonderful Life and applying it to her circumstances, similar to what Its a Wonderful Life took from Scrooge.
The story was pretty much predictable with no unusual twists.
I'd say if you had some free time and was interested in a story like this, it would be an okay read.