Book Review

Review: Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson

Since I have started doing book reviews earlier this spring, I have been pretty fortunate at selecting novels I knew I would gain some enjoyment from. But, it was bound to happen that there would be one I didn’t care for. 

I think it is important to follow through on my commitments, so when I agree to review a novel, I plan to read the whole story. Afterall, just because the first part of the book doesn’t gain my interest, it might get better as it goes. Unfortunately, I discovered the first novel I really wish I didn’t feel compelled to finish. I usually read a novel in a day or two (depending on life), but this one took me nearly a week. To be blunt, I just became bored with it. There were a few moments I enjoyed it, but I’m looking forward to starting a new novel.

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**I received a free copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review**

Weary of the expectations imposed on her by her strict upbringing, eighteen-year-old Mazy Pelfrey prepares to leave her home in the Kentucky mountains for the genteel city of Lexington, where she’ll attend secretarial school. She knows her life is about to change—and only for the better. Everything will be blue skies from now on. But business school is harder than she thought it would be and the big city not as friendly, until she meets a charming young man from a wealthy family, Loyal Chambers. When Loyal sets his sights on her, Mazy begins to see that everything she’d ever wished to have is right before her eyes. The only hindrance to her budding romance is a former beau, Chanis Clay, the young sheriff she thought she’d left firmly behind. Danger rumbles like thunder on a high mountain ridge when Mazy’s cosseted past collides with her clouded future and forces her to come to terms with what she really wants.

Buttermilk Sky was a different sort of novel. The pacing was a bit slow, and I felt like the characters were a bit difficult to get to know.

There were times in the novel that I couldn’t wait to see what happen. The writing built a lot of tension, but then the scene would be over, and I would have been content if the story had ended.

However, the main character Mazy was still discovering a lot about her life, and I was curious to see how things would end for her, so it was enough to motivate me to get to the end.

Overall, I just wasn’t impressed with this novel. Other than a couple of the minor characters, the people in the story just didn’t interest me. While it was well written, there just wasn’t quite enough happening in the story to draw me in. Perhaps this just wasn’t my type of story.

I would love to hear from you! Do you read novels all the way through once you start them despite not enjoying them?

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