“The Daughters of Jim Farrell” by Sylvia Bambola
Review copy source: Book Crash
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
Pennsylvania 1873: When, in the harsh world of Pennsylvania coal country, Jim Farrell is hanged for murder, his wife and three daughters must turn their beautiful home into a boarding house in order to survive. But struggling beneath the shadow of shame becomes too much for eldest daughter, Kate. She resolves to clear her father’s name in spite of her mother’s admonition to “let it go,” and convinces her sisters to help. All too soon their dangerous quest rips the family apart. Will it also cost them the men they love?
This would have gotten a higher review had something not have happened towards the end that greatly saddened me.
The writing was good – I like Mrs. Bambola’s writing quite well – but this one just wasn’t a particular favourite for me. I couldn’t really click with main character Kate. I did really like Virginia, but her story didn’t unfold how I had hoped…
The main theme was forgiveness, which was good. I think an event at the end really overshadowed that for me though, and so I couldn’t perceive the depth that was supposed to be there through it.
The characters were well-written, though I didn’t care for Kate, and Joshua was just so-so for me. Though Charlotte could be a bit “shallow” at times, and Benjamin had some problems, I liked them quite a bit. And I adored Patrick, and Virginia. Patrick was probably my favourite character, and his relationship with Virginia most endearing.
I didn’t care for how Kate always pushed for her way; she never respected anyone else’ advice, especially Joshua’s, and in turn, he never really stood up to her – he would, and then he’d back down and she’s still get her way, even if it was “reckless”. To me, she didn’t seem to care about anything other than her own agenda, and that didn’t really change in the end which saddened me. I am not saying that women cannot be strong, but we are to respect those who are in leadership – the Bible instructs us to.
This wasn’t a book I hated, just one I didn’t adore. The plot was interesting.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers and BookCrash in exchange for my honest review which I have given.