Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Can I Get An Amen? By: Sarah Healy

Can I Get An Amen?Can I Get An Amen? by Sarah Healy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ellen Carlisle wakes one morning to find not only have her prayers for a child have gone unanswered but her husband has left her and by month's end she is out of work and living back at home with her parents. Her born-again parents don't necessarily provide the right sounding board she needs, her gay brother hides in the city making the obligatory visit and has the compassionate ear, and her foul mouthed independent sister is pained by her own past. Coming home to the haves and bigger haves of the old high school crowd doesn't make it any easier, nor does the slow seeping darkness that begins to enter her parents home with hushed voices and plastered smiles.
A great, easy read, filled with interesting characters, some wonderful conversations (even some amazing humor that had me laughing so hard aloud I was getting looks). This is not a book about religion, or one that pushes Christianity into the pages, this is one about a person, a family, the fragility and sometimes hypocrisy of faith, and all the bonds that make us who we are. This is the author's first novel and I really enjoyed it.

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