Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Revival Season by Monica West

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

The daughter of one of the South’s most famous Baptist preachers discovers a shocking secret about her father that puts her at odds with both her faith and her family in this “tender and wise” (Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth) debut novel.

Every summer, fifteen-year-old Miriam Horton and her family pack themselves tight in their old minivan and travel through small southern towns for revival season: the time when Miriam’s father—one of the South’s most famous preachers—holds massive healing services for people desperate to be cured of ailments and disease.T his summer, the revival season doesn’t go as planned, and after one service in which Reverend Horton’s healing powers are tested like never before, Miriam witnesses a shocking act of violence that shakes her belief in her father—and in her faith.

When the Hortons return home, Miriam’s confusion only grows as she discovers she might have the power to heal—even though her father and the church have always made it clear that such power is denied to women. Over the course of the next year, Miriam must decide between her faith, her family, and her newfound power that might be able to save others, but, if discovered by her father, could destroy Miriam.

Celebrating both feminism and faith, Revival Season is a story of spiritual awakening and disillusionment in a Southern, black, Evangelical community. Monica West’s transporting coming-of-age novel explores complicated family and what it means to live among the community of the faithful. 


MY REVIEW

Hard to believe that this is Ms. West's debut book! It is so well written and very fast paced in my opinion. The character's were well rounded out and each had something special to offer like Hannah. She's my favorite. My heart really went out to her and I felt like I knew her well by the end of the book. 
One thing about it I really loved this book told from Miriam's point of view but I sure didn't like the ending! 
Ms. West did a fabulous job with this heart stopping book! Showing the human side of an evangelist and his family was like wow! From the outside in looking at a preacher's family we really have no idea what is happening inside their homes. This book really opened up my eyes and I just wanted to applaud Miriam. 
This book will rip your heart out in more ways than one but it will also leave you with hope that maybe things will turn out ok for this preacher's family. 
You know, I've always wondered about the things that happen in revival meetings. This book has answered many questions that I had. 
I've never read a book quite like this but I know this, this book had a story to tell and wouldn't let me put it down until I was finished with it. I finished it about 3 am in the morning. I was flabbergasted! 
I do wish this though. I hope there is a sequel because this story isn't finished.
I am hoping for more and I like what one woman had to say about Hannah.
" Maybe this is God's way of saying that Hannah is perfect for Him. This is his way of healing Hannah. This made want to cry for Hannah because of so much that she is going through. But yet, at the same time my heart was hopeful and then was dashed when it didn't happen. Yet there is still hope throughout this book. 
People can't help what happens to them when they are born. We as parents have to learn how to help them through life as best as we know how with God's help. All we need is to ask Him. Let Him guide us for He has a bigger plan than we'll ever know. HE'LL NEVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US
Five stars for this amazing well written book that will make you sit on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. I really really highly recommend this and this book will be on my list of 2021  at the end of the year! What a book! Wow!
I enjoyed this new to me author very much and I will love to see more written by her. 
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review of this book. All opinions are my own. 
*Warning*
There is some hard scenes with abuse in them


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Monica received her B.A. from Duke University, her M.A. from New York University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. She was a Southern Methodist University Kimbilio Fellow in 2014, and she will be a Hedgebrook Writer in Residence in 2021. Revival Season is her first novel.







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