Sunday, February 6, 2011

(18) Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Christina Meldrum's new book, Amaryllis in Blueberry. I was skeptical if I would like this book. It has been compared to The Secret Lives of Bees and The Poisonwood Bible. Neither are books that I have read because they just didn't seem like the type of the book I would like.

Amaryllis in Blueberry is set in the 1970's. The book is about a devout doctor, his beautiful, wistful wife, and their four daughters. They are at their cabin in Michigan when Dick had the realization that their youngest daughter, Amaryllis, is not his daughter. That very day he decided to pack up his family and move to Africa to do mission work, only to have his family implode in ways that he never dreamt possible.

I did finish Amaryllis in Blueberry, but I will be honest, it was all I could do to force myself to finish the book. Told from varying viewpoints, the Slepy family tells us about their journey. Their fears, their excitements, and everything in between. I will be honest, I only read it because I saw one of my favorite authors, Jen Lancaster, raved about the book. Me, not so much. I can see where many WOULD like it, though. It has more "meat" to the story than I am used to reading and I could even see it being very popular with book clubs. For me, though, I think that I will stick to the "fluffier" kind of books.


Shon said...

I'm on the fence about this one too. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and is what initially attracted me to the book. For now it will remain on my undecided list. Who knows... I may change my mind later this year.

Mari said...

This is sad news. I did love the Piosonwood Bible though so I'm hopeful.

I have this book with me on vacation so I will read it this week.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Mari, you may really like the book. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Mimi said...

The name is lovely, but then I like blueberries :)

I liked both "The Poisonwood Bible" and "The Secret Life of Bees" so maybe I'd like it?

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