Published: October 5, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Summary (from the back of the book): Andie Oliver is a faithful woman—to God, to her handsome husband Joe, and to televangelist Reveren Calvin Artury, a Godfather in a Mafia of holy men. Raised in the 1970s to be subservient and submissive in the tradition of the Bible-belt South, Andie becomes a prisoner of that tradition. As a reluctant member of Artury’s evangelical megachurch, the House of Praise in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Andie’s dream of children, home, and marriage falls apart when Joe is hired by the ministry team. With more twists and turns than the Blue Ridge Parkway, Televenge takes you from the high country of North Carolina to the Hawaiian Islands, to Nigeria, and back.
Thoughts on Content (3.75 / 5.0): I grew up sort of familiar with the world of Pentecostal Christianity, megachurches and televangelists. Most of my aunts on one side of my family were very into that sort of thing and a few of them made several attempts to convert us from our Protestant ways. So, that being said, it is no surprise that I went into this book already having a negative view of the setting in my mind.
Even so, what Pamela King Cable describes is horrifying. In fact, I think I might have had a hard time believing it if I hadn’t been familiar with that world. The main character, Andie, could very easily have been a cliché, but instead she comes across as a full-bodied character. In fact, I found most of the characters to be believable and well-developed. The one sort-of exception would be Calvin. He’s just so out there, but there is still apart of me that suspects that this character is not that different from many of the televangelists who were popular in the 80s.
There are many twists and turns in this book and, frankly, that is where my criticism comes into play. The book keeps up a good pace, until about 2/3 of the way through. At this point, Andie starts to have a break down and the pace gets bogged down. Then, there are so many things as the books comes to the end that tie up just too neatly that I started to lose my faith (ha ha!) in the book.
Thoughts on Style (4.0 / 5.0):
I was very impressed with Cable’s writing. While there were some plot issues, she was able to keep the momentum going through most of a very long book. As the story is told through Andie’s point of view, Cable has a challenge to show both the good and bad with the character, and she succeeds. There are many, many times during this book when I wanted to slap some sense into Andie—and I do believe that was Cable’s intention for the reader. She is able to balance Andie’s attempt to explain her behavior with the fact that her actions make no sense.
My Thoughts (4.25 / 5.0):
First of all, this is a very long book –almost 600 pages of an oversized paperback. I seriously thought it would take me at least 2 weeks to get through this book. Instead, it took me 4 days. True, I had to give my husband some extra parenting duties during that time, but it was completely worth it. Even though I was suspicious of things at the end of the book and a few parts of the plot were bogged down, I could not stop reading this book. No, it wasn’t perfect, but it was an entertaining read that I would readily recommend to others.
Need a second opinion? Try some of the other stops on this tour:
Wednesday, November 13th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, November 21st: Speaking of Books
Thursday, November 29th: A Fair Substitute for Heaven
Monday, December 10th: My Book Retreat - author Q&A
Monday, December 17th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Friday, January 4th: Broken Teepee
Monday, January 7th: Fiction Addict
Wednesday, January 9th: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - author guest post
Tuesday, January 15th: The Written World
Wednesday, January 16th: Susan’s Literary Cafe
Tuesday, January 22nd: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, January 24th: Literally Jen
Monday, January 28th: Reviews by Molly
Friday, February 1st: A Book Lover’s Library
Friday, February 8th: The Book Pushers
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This review is part of a blog tour by TLC Book Tours. I received a copy of the book to read and review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are mine, and mine alone.
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