Monday, February 11, 2013

"Goodnight, Brian" by Steven Manchester Book Review

Goodnight, BrianGoodnight, Brian by Steven Manchester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can I say?  Another 5-star rated book from Steven Manchester.  After reading "Twelve Months," I knew I wanted to read this book, and I loved it before I even read it.  I don't know what it is, but I cannot get through one of his books without crying.  Had I been alone, I believe I would have been in floods of tears.  His writing is unbelievable, and if you have never read one of his books, you are really in for a treat!  This book is actually historical fiction, in my opinion.  I learned a lot and found myself doing research concerning the main topic covered in the book.  And our wonderful author has done his homework.  Rest assured that the statistics he gives you are correct and verifiable.  This story really caught my attention because this issue dealt with baby formula and cropped up in the late 1970's.  I was born in 1974, and this means that "there but for the grace of God go I."  My daughter also had digestive issues when she was a baby, and this book truly hit home.  I found myself sympathizing with the family and wondering how on earth they made it through.

I loved Mama--her faith was unshakable, and I appreciated the faith discussed and displayed in this book.  While this is not a 'Christian" book, I believe the characters show more faith than many Christian books I have read in the past.  I was awed and humbled by many of their struggles.  I also have a special place in my heart for special needs children.  I am a music teacher, and I have always felt especially drawn to those children who need a little extra help.  It was neat to see music touch these children in real ways. And speaking of music, I loved Mama's choice in music!

I only have one criticism.  It has nothing to do with bedroom scenes, and even the profanity was so mild that is was not a problem.  I appreciated the issues of racism and disability prejudice, but I did not feel that the homosexual episode was necessary.  I was not overly offended because it was mild, and there was some truth in what Mama said, but I couldn't condone all of it, and I did not think it was needed.  But that is a personal preference on my part.

Notwithstanding, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  I can hardly wait to read the next book by this author.  He is an absolute master at his art!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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1 comment:

  1. I agree with you, this was definitely a "box of tissues read". I can't wait for his next novel. Great review. Thank you!!!!


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