Monday, April 16, 2007

Sharon Hinck's The Restorer ~ Reviewed

The Restorer
By Sharon Hinck
Nav Press 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-60006-131-8

Meet Susan, a housewife and soccer mom whose dreams stretch far beyond her ordinary world. While studying the book of Judges, Susan longs to be a modern-day Deborah, a prophet and leader who God used to deliver the ancient nation of Israel from destruction.

Susan gets her wish for adventure when she stumbles through a portal into an alternate universe and encounters a nation locked in a fierce struggle for its survival. Now stranded in a strange culture filled with poisonous enemies, Susan must overcome tremendous odds to deliver a desperate people and restore hope to a world far from her own.

Author Sharon Hinck presents a unique blend of fiction written with a woman’s sensibility. Female readers will uncover a story of empowerment that encourages a personal pursuit of destiny.

Personally, my inherit mistrust of soccer moms made me a little hesitant to pick up this book. But by the end of a few chapters, the spunky Susan obliterated my preconceived notions and took me with her on a grand adventure. I grew to really like Susan, but the character of Tristan captured my heart.

Tristan eventually becomes Susan’s guardian, a noble undertaking to be sure, but it’s the complexity of this man that attracts. Cautious but bold. Hopeful yet unsure. Compassionate though hurting. He’s just so real. Readers will have no trouble relating to this or any one of the other-worldly characters in Hinck’s alternate universe.

Kudos not only to Sharon Hinck for her bravery in writing a genre that’s a hard sell, but also to NavPress for taking a chance on this wonderful fantasy. I hope the fantasy fan-base gets their grassroots in action, supporting NavPress and Hinck with their wallet at the bookstore.

Just in time for a great summer read, The Restorer is due out in June. There’s no better way for an out-of-this-world vacation. Read this novel and you won’t have to go to Susan’s extremes to avoid highway construction, whining children, and the horrible smells that emanate from the back seat on a long car trip.

Review by Michelle Griep

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