Book Review: Traveler’s Rest by Ann Tatlock

Traveler's Rest by Ann Tatlock

From the back cover description:

“Jane Morrow has a dilemma, and love alone may not solve it. her faith has never been strong, yet somehow she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do. The answer she finds may not be at all what she expected…”

My comments:

Reading Traveler’s Rest was my go-to mind release over the last few weeks when I needed a break from the computer and working on the Chemistry course I’m taking. It is an easy read and very touching book. Every time I opened the book I was swept away to Ashville, North Carolina and I loved every minute I spent there. 🙂

The book is well-written and the reader is easily drawn into the lives of the characters; characters who are realistic, with flaws, and who make mistakes. They are human in every beautiful sense of the word. Take Jane, for instance. She is the main character of the book and the reader follows her journey as Jane struggles to support her fiancé, Seth, who is going through a rough time. Jane is determined to stand by her man but at one point waivers and questions her commitment to him. The reader is drawn into Jane’s life and thoughts as if he or she is going through the struggles with Jane.

That’s what I liked most about Ann Tatlock’s writing. Ann’s descriptions and writing brings the reader into the book, making the reader feel as if she or he is part of the story. And to “tell” on myself, when I start talking back to a book saying, “No, Jane, don’t do it!” or when I start praying for another character who is making decisions based on his depression, I know it’s a good book. (For the record, I DO know that characters aren’t real. LOL!)

As far as Christian novels go,  this book is subtly Christian, especially compared to some other Christian novels. I would go so far as to say that Traveler’s Rest is a little too subtle in its Christianity considering it a Christian fiction novel. God was mentioned several times, yes. A few of the characters prayed during key parts of the story; however, there was no grand conversion for anyone in the book. Not that I was looking for there to be a grand conversion, but I, personally, would have liked to see faith play a larger role in the story, especially in the main characters.

My one small negative about the book would be that the storyline was a little predictable. I say this with a grain of salt, however, because it’s pretty hard to surprise me. I almost always figure out the outcome when reading a book or story or even a movie.

Overall, the book is very, very good and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an endearing summer read.

I give this book three (3) stars.

Review Copy Disclosure:

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.