Wow. This book had all the makings of a thriller, but at the same time it was an allegory of sorts. I found the writing compelling and heartfelt. The author did a great job showing how hard it is to live from paycheck to paycheck and how sudden riches can cause a whole new load of troubles. But through everything God was working as the family made once choice after another. They were sifted, but fought for what was right, which I couldn't help admiring.
There were some really intense scenes in this book. The author did a great job of showing the mind of a twisted individual with no conscience. The insight was very convincing and well done. I loved the way the author showed the spiritual struggles of the characters and the way their family dealt with things. Those kids were precious, too. The last third of the book was one thrill after another and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I can't remember the last time I was so afraid for fictional people.
One of my favorite parts of the book were the unexpected twists at the end that made sense, but I didn't see coming. I loved how God healed so many things in the characters lives and how He also showed that what we want can so easily turn to gravel in our mouths, especially when it's covetousness toward another person. That was incredibly well done. I can't say anything more without posting a spoiler, but I can assure if you like books with intense themes, profound insight into the human condition, spiritual depth, and pulse-pounding action, you'll love this novel!
Bret and Sara have made it by in this world by counting pennies and adhering to a strict budget. Bret works in the manufacturing world and Sara in the health care industry, he during the day and she at night. A picture of a couple reminiscent of many middle-class people today. They have just enough to get through to the next paycheck and that's about it. On the relationship side, though, they are committed to each other and their family. Bret always going out his way to help his boss and Sara making a house call to help a patient. It's during this trip that Sara finds that the patient has more than a passing interest in her. After his death, she finds that she has been left a large portion of his estate, worth over $6,000,000. As this new found wealth takes hold of their family, they find that a lot of their values have eroded with the money. After a discovery that he ex-fiancee had possibly been killed by the patient that left her all of the money, will it change what they do with the money? Who is stalking them and what does he have to do with the inheritance? Can their family still continue their bond as the money seems to unravel it? NOT GOING TO TELL YOU :)
This book was both quick and enjoyable read. Mr. Wilson has a very fluid writing style that practically keeps you hooked from the first page. In this book, the characters were ones that I rooted for, especially since I felt like I could identify with Bret. Work, work, work, climb, climb, climb. Am I making any progress up the ladder, or will it be like this all my life? I liked that Bret seemed to have ethical struggles after they received the inheritance. Not only by what to do with the money, but also by how people started treating him. Was the pastor treating him different now that they had extra money?
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Review 3 for One Step Away
Wow. I'm impressed.
Date:February 28, 2012
I was given One Step Away by Eric Wilson at an event back in August. Focusing issues and other books needing to be read kept it away from me, but at long last it was the next item on my list. I was certainly not disappointed.
[Book Description] "A Modern Twist on One of the World's Oldest Tales."
Bret and Sara Vreeland have been targeted. Someone has plans for them, a plot that reaches into their past and threatens their future.
When one of Sara's patients dies, a mysterious old man, he leaves his fortune to her and her family. They have no idea they are part of an experiment. Satan once tested Job through trials, but failed to break him. Now Satan has sought God's permission to test the Vreelands with a $6,000,000 blessing.
As their lives take turn for the better, will their souls take a turn for the worse? [End of Book Description]
The book description implies that One Step Away is of preachy nature, but I assure you, it is not. I'd say it could fit in the "drama" genre, but that in no way hinders this amazing tale. It definitely has its share of thrills and chases.
One Step Away is not the kind of story that grips me, draws me in and doesn't let go. This would normally be a bad thing, but the novel is filled to the brim with clever and humorous bits of wording that it is more than made up for. I was impressed at the author's writing ability, and numerous lines of dialogue gained my respect of him many times over.
The story isn't an explosion of awesomeness that left you sitting on the edge of your seat, but rather something to lay back and relax while reading. I may have many books in the near future that I'll be on deadline to read and review, but as the next on my list has not yet arrived, I saw no need to speed through this one. I took my time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are fun, especially when you get to know them, and their adventure, if you could call it that, is one of the best stories I have read in quite a while.
In conclusion, this book is amazing. I was wowed by it. I took it at slow pace, but you in no means need to do the same. Eric Wilson is an extremely talented writer, deserving a lot more publicity than he has at present. If you have an upcoming weekend or two with nothing to do, I highly recommend you pick up this book.