NaNoWriMo Day 6

The Words: 2797 total words for the day, only 4 words more than yesterday. I had planned to stop at 2000 words today, but my daughter and I finally managed to catch the @NaNoWordSprints feed on Twitter in action today. As much as I enjoy writing alongside that feed, my daughter likes it even more. So we joined in for the last 10 minutes of a 20-minute sprint, then did a 15-minute one. Then they announced a #1k30, and I told my daughter I didn’t need that many more words, and that I didn’t want to get too far ahead. She just gave me this ornery look (she’s a little behind, so she certainly needed the words) and said I could write less tomorrow. So we went for it, and thus I wrote almost 800 words more than I meant to.

The Story: A rocky relationship came to an official end, and the Big Mystery of this story really got started today. I am constantly realizing that I’m not writing things quite right, due to trying to write fast, and have to let it go for now. My biggest concern is that relationship I mentioned—I’m pretty sure it was due to end when it did, but I’m not certain it should have been as rocky as it was leading up to that, for the sake of the mystery being mysterious. That’s one thing I’ll have to look at more closely in editing.

Total word count: 15,727

If you want to join me in my journey through the second year of NaNoToons (with a storyline), check out the NaNoToon from November 6, 2011!
And in case you need some extra inspiration, check out the 2nd episode of the NaNoMusical!

Book Review: Lost in Darkness

Lost in Darkness
by Michelle Griep

My rating: 3.5 / 5
Genre: Historical Christian romance

When Amelia Balfour’s father dies, it puts a halt to her plans to travel to Cairo for her travel-writing career. She was never close to her father, but his death means that she is responsible to help her estranged brother through a surgery meant to cure a disorder that has caused him to grow to giant proportions. The surgery is experimental and risky, and even the surgeon’s new partner, Graham Lambert, has doubts about whether or not it is worth the danger to the patient.

If I could break this story down into parts, the plot would get at least 4 stars, but characters would get maybe 2-3. The writing would get 4-5 stars, but relationship development would get maybe 3. As you can imagine, it was difficult for me to put a single rating on this book, with which I had my ups and down. In the end, I did like the plot, which was mostly dark with a light of hope shining through. It was inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and not subtly, considering that the author herself has a small role in the book. There is a bit of a mystery in the book that I didn’t see the purpose of, but all in all, the story was good.

My biggest issues were with the characters and the relationships that developed between them. Graham is inconsistent in a way that frustrated me, at times attributing hope and sovereignty to God, but at other times saying he’s not a religious man and that God likely wants nothing to do with him. He’s also so often shown to be a man with a short temper and violent tendencies, though Amelia describes him as normally cool and calm. The relationship between the male and female MCs developed about like one would expect from a romance, but the one that bothered me was the friendship between Graham and Amelia’s brother, Colin. We really don’t see much development there, and then suddenly Graham thinks of him like a brother. I would have loved to see that progression.

I wished Amelia would have come to see how idolatrous her superstitions were a lot sooner, but overall I liked the Christian message presented in the book, especially Mrs. Bap and her total reliance on God and her comment that death for a believer is the ultimate healing. In the end, I’m glad I read it, and think most fans of Christian romances of the Regency era will enjoy this book, especially if they’re okay with a little darkness in the story.

Thank you to Netgalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for providing me a copy of this book to review.

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