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Friday, August 28, 2009

The Invitation by Nancy Moser

When four people are given invitations to come to Haven, Nebraska, they have no idea what they're in for.
A cancer patient, an struggling politician, an aspiring writer, and an undiscovered artist are all searching for the meaning of life. That's why they've been invited to the special town of Haven.
The funny thing is, four are invited, but five go because there was some kind of extra unknown invitation.
Anyway, when they arrive there, they encounter some strange events. Very strange events. A kidnapping by the only sinful person in town, miracles, and strange tornadoes are just the tip of the iceberg.
The main problem with this book is that it's overplayed and overly dramatic in some parts. The five people that are brought there are supposed to be being taught what their talents really are by perfect teachers.
Nancy could use some character development.
Also, some censorship on the dramatic scenes. The hostage scene at the end involving small children is a bit much. Everyone becoming a Christian, including the criminal, at the end is a bit much. The healing of the cancer patient really sends it over the edge of sensationalism.
There are multiple romantic subplots, too many to count, and they all work out in the end. By the last page, everybody's happy and Nancy has her emotional readers all pumped up and ready for the sequel.
Oh boy.
Needless to say, I didn't hate this book like I did some of her other books. I actually liked the idea. She just didn't use it right.
3 stars

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