Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor K. Gustafson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: An Unpresentable Glory
Author: Eleanor K. Gustafson
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
I trusted you, and someday, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.
Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. What is not so joyful is finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory. Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.
I think I’m going to be one of the few who wasn’t a fan of “An Unpresentable Glory” by Eleanor Gustafson. I struggled to get in this one.
This story has a powerful idea about an unpresentable glory. What does that mean exactly? An unpresentable glory is when looked at from the surface level does not look good, but is actually a type of kindness towards another person that allows the person to see the glory of God. It sounds confusing, but it is a kindness done to another person that doesn’t seek recognition. This was something that I enjoyed and found challenged me to ask myself when I do things if I’m doing it for the glory of God or am I doing it to be recognized by others.
This also deals with some heavy topics such as suicide, grief, amongst a bunch of other things that just makes Lawrie’s life tough. Without going into any detail a stir of events makes the reader wonder what else is going to go wrong for the poor guy. This was something I appreciated because it shows imperfect characters going through real things. I enjoyed watching his conversion to God and how he finds a great group of guys in a Bible study who become his accountability partners.
The main thing that I struggled with was that I felt that the characters were two-dimensional. I felt like they were distant and I couldn’t relate to them at all.
There were also times that I felt that the story dragged and that there was too much detail. For example, Linda, our main female character, is a gardener. There was one chapter towards the beginning of the book where they’re describing her garden. It wouldn’t have been a huge deal if it didn’t take an entire chapter.
I think this book had some strong potential, but it wasn’t for me. Or perhaps it just wasn’t my time for it. It wasn’t my favorite book and definitely not on my list of books I’d recommend you run out to buy and read it, but it isn’t awful either. I hate giving poor reviews so please don’t pick up this book just because I didn’t like it. We all have different tastes so this might be one that you’d like.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ellie grew up in Branchville, NJ, in a county with more cows than people. She attended Wheaton College in Illinois as a music major, then married a pastor/college professor/tree farmer/organist and writer. Together, they have three children and eight grandchildren. Music was Ellie’s first love until she tried on the cloak of writing and found it a comfortable fit. However, early writing attempts saw friends—and even her mother—advising her to stick to music as a career. She pushed manfully along, though, and An Unpresentable Glory is her sixth novel. ͞God first touched me through story, Ellie says, ͞and made the bigger Story come alive. I love Him passionately!
(1) winner will receive:
- a print copy of An Unpresentable Glory, and
- choice of (1) garden in a bag from Potting Shed Creations
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