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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Red and Lowering Sky by Lynn Morris

If you've read one historical fiction book by Lynn Morris or Gilbert Morris, you already know the plot of Red and Lowering Sky.
It's about the ambassador between Britain and Samoa preceding the time of the War of 1812. His wife has recently died, and he has six children. He is called to Samoa to try to ease tension there, and he elects to take his children with him. There he meets Mavis Thouroughgood, a long-time missionary to the Polynesian people. You know where the story goes from there.
While I actually found the beginning of the story to be truly funny in parts, and while the children are good characters, the plot slowly becomes more and more shallow and the end is very rushed.
It's a good thing the plot wasn't any longer than it was. Once they set foot on Samoa, the plot gets really ridiculous.
I found myself sickened at the similarities between Lynn's stories and her father's stories. If she's going to do something, she should step out on her own and not try to copy her father's every move.
2 stars

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