Courting Trouble is a book that I declined to read for a while, based on the, um, very unflattering reviews I’d seen. (And “unflattering” is putting it lightly…) But, I said to myself, “Amber, be brave. Venture forth with courage.” Well, actually, it may have been more like, “Eh, just read it.” So I did. I would like to be able to echo the sentiments of the few pleasing reviews that I read, but alas, I cannot.
Book Rating: Meh…
I hate to do it. I hate to rate this book so low, but I just have to. This is my first “Meh…” rating. I can honestly say that I went in to this book truly believing that I would like it. Every Gist book that I have read so far I have thoroughly enjoyed--loved, really. I struggled through the first bit, and after a while, I decided I just couldn’t finish it.
Essie is a “spinster”. At the ripe old age of thirty she is afraid she will never get married. So, she chooses a kind, older widower and decides that she will use her charms to get him--whether she is in love with him or not. She desperately wants a family of her own! Then along comes a “drifter” of sorts named Adam. He’s handsome, flattering and a complete scoundrel! Wow. I disliked Adam from the beginning and that dislike grew to a strong visceral hatred as I continued reading.
As Essie and Adam’s relationship develops, I kept thinking to myself, “Holy cow! Poor girl, can’t she see he is just using her! He is SO creepy!” He continues to get more forward with her, (ew!) and gets her to be more and more physical with him (jerk!) until finally they…well… I was super uncomfortable with that, and I couldn’t keep reading. I skimmed the rest, and I kind of got the feeling that Gist might have been trying to share a message of repentance and God’s loving atonement—which is a very good thing, since we are all sinners. But I have to admit, reading about their encounters was just too much for me.
But, please don't be hatin' on me! I could not be a bigger Gist fan, at all! She is wonderful and a very gifted writer, but this book just didn't do it for me--but you might love it, and if you read it, please let me know what you thought!
I wanna hear what you think about it!