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I feel a little bad giving this one star because I really enjoyed Home ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2014
I feel a little bad giving this one star because I really enjoyed Home to Harmony (as well as Front Porch Tales) so let me explain. Home to Harmony was written in the first person (Sam Gardner, pastor) and was generally whimsical. Just Shy of Harmony is written in the third person and some chapters deal with some pretty heavy issues, such as adultery. I'm not opposed to writing dealing with heavy issues, much of my reading explores the dark side of humanity, what bothers me is the change of genre and the change of perspective (from first person to third person) without warning. The perspectival change without fair warning in promotional material is unforgivable - when I go to a Pizza Hut I expect pizza and not tacos, when I purchased Just Shy of Harmony I expected to "hear" Sam Gardner's "voice" - but instead I heard the voice of a stranger. Perhaps if Just Shy of Harmony is your first Harmony book you'll enjoy the book because you won't realize there has been a change; but otherwise let the buyer beware.