Monday, June 20, 2011

A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley

A Vision of Lucy is the last book of Margaret Brownley’s Rocky Creek Romance series.  The main character is Lucy Fairbanks, a young woman ahead of her time.  She dreams of working as a photographer and having her photos published in a newspaper, but in the late 1800’s, women weren’t taken seriously in that profession. 

The book opens with Lucy climbing a tree in order to get a photo of the allusive and mysterious white wild mustang.  As she is perched in the tree with her camera she suddenly falls into a story....literally.  She falls out of the tree and on to the top of the Wells Fargo Stagecoach that is at that moment being held up by masked outlaws.  She is rescued by the reclusive, David Wolf, known by the local townspeople as “the wild man”.

 Lucy is constantly getting herself and others in madcap, zany and sometimes dangerous predicaments.  While I was reading this book images of Lucille Ball, Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds kept popping into my mind. I could envision any one of them playing the part of Lucy. 

At the beginning of every chapter there is a quotation from Miss Gertrude Hasselbrink.  Each quotation gives you a hint of what of what you can expect coming up.  My favorite was “When posing for a photograph, spinsters should avoid looking desperate or deprived. A serene smile will show that your circumstances are by choice and not for lack of beauty or character.”

I enjoyed reading this book and found myself wondering what Lucy was going to get herself into next. The mystery and tragedy surrounding David Wolf is an interesting contrast with the comedy and zaniness of Lucy.   However, while I found myself laughing along with Lucy and her antics, I feel like the sad and tragic moments were treated a little too frivolously, even comically in a few instances.

If you want a lighthearted, fun book to read with characters who are searching for God’s will in their lives, then you’ll like this one and you’ll probably find yourself chuckling out loud.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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