Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley

When I spend over a week trying to get into a book and am only at page 54 I know it's not the book for me. Such is the story with Margaret Brownley's A Vision of Lucy. The premise is a good one, female photograper in the late 1800s trying to make it into the local newspaper with her work. The execution of it doesn't work well for this reader. In just the few pages I read I felt like time and time again things were over-explained.

Case in point: "Though the students for a liberal amount of reading, writing, and arithmetic with their Bible lessons, no one dared call it a school. The Texas constitution required that a separate building be provided for colored children, and Reverend Wells stubbornly refused to comply. He insisted that separating pupils based on the color of their skin went against God's will. Since no such law governed churches, Rocky Creek was able to educate its young beneath a single roof....Twelve year old Johnny made a face, but he scampered up the steps of the church, which doubled as the school..." (pages 53-54)

The reader already knows it's being used as a school as the first paragraph tells us, to mention it again is redundant. I found many instances of this and couldn't bear to read any further.

This book was provided for review by BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson.

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