Mother of Pearl was a very sad book. The beginning is very upbeat, and fun. It portrays the life of Barrie, the perfect mom. As the story continued it went downhill on the fun and light writing. I was filled with a sudden overwhelming sense of sadness. I do not know if that was the authors intention, but I literally had to put the book aside for awhile. The total loss, grief and despair the human being faces alone without God, fills one with sadness.
Though the book does not mention anything about Barrie's spiritual status, I automatically assumed she was a christian. It wasn't until the middle of the book, did I realize she wasn't. As you knew more about Barrie, I wanted to see how she was going to receive Jesus into her heart, but that never happened, much to my dislike. The story would have been much better, had she allowed the Lord to carry her grief and heal her. With a particular character, I felt like the author was really putting the name of Christ down. This character was covered with multiple piercings, tattoos, and had a goth- like appearance, and he was supposedly Christian. Though we as Christians do not judge, or shouldn't, others should be able to see Jesus through your daily walk and appearance. According to 2 Cor. 5: 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. If he truly is a changed person he should reflect it outward and inward.
The writing style, which was in first person, I would have preferred seeing what others were thinking throughout the story, was good. The author kept you engaged throughout the story. My favorite part was near the end. A legal battle was depicted, and kept you at the edge of your seat. With the constant objection your honor, and cross examination questions, pumps you up. Write when your at the very edge of your seat, the book abruptly finishes. I was so shocked, that it was done, would have definitely wanted a more decent ending. All in all Mother of Pearl was an okay read. I would give it a 3. 5 out of 5.
I received this book from, Glass Roads, in exchange for this honest review.