Skip to main content

Friday's Harbor

Title:  Friday’s Harbor
Author:  Diane Hammond
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  William Morrow
When reading works of fiction, I sometimes find myself laughing at the way a character is crafted.  For instance, there is a middle-aged woman in the tale who believes she can communicate with animals.  The reason I laughed when the character was first introduced was how this idea conveys that animals and mankind are on the same plane so to speak.  However, for those who believe and confess Jesus as Lord we know the Word says that God made humans in His image and to care for his creatures.  For the sake of the novel I found this character to be lost, believing she was talking to animals, lonely without human interaction and without a doubt sometimes comical.
Then there is the zoo’s major donor who has money to pour into saving animal lives, but also assists in any way people who need all sorts of different help.  Another character in the novel is the zoo’s director who owns a pot-bellied pig.  The pig is a hoot and acts more like a dog than a pig.  The zoo’s founder is a lone extravagant woman, Maxine L. Beidelman, who, before her death, gives her exotic animals, property and money to the zoo.
As I continued reading, I got the impression that some of the main characters were from earlier novels by the author though I can’t be sure as this was the first one I read by Diane Hammond.  For a secular book in some ways it was interesting when the storyline centered on a whale named Friday.  I love animals and think they are amazing creations and a testimony to our astounding God who created them.  I believe we are entrusted with their care which one aspect the book brings out along with those who fight for animals being held captive.  Friday was rescued from a zoo that didn’t have the means to care for such a large mammal though in the novel the citizens adorned the whale.
Part of me would love to suggest you read it, enjoying the peculiar characters as well as the scenes with interaction between the mammal and caretakers.  On the other hand, the language is one aspect that does disrupt the adventure found within the pages.  As a Christian reading it, there are times when characters seemed to be mirrors of real human beings with all the brokenness and baggage.  Also, there is a scene where an older woman contemplates yet doesn’t act upon homosexuality because of her experiences with men.  There is a couple living together, but they are not married.  This work of fiction is written with a total worldview focus.  There is no spiritual context whatsoever, so don’t look for it. 
My rating is 3 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  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.”

 Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)

Title:The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)
Author: C. Kevin Thompson
Pages: 318
Year: 2017
Publisher: Create Space Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
On a quest to locate his wife and children, Blake Meyer is running on fumes and not sure who he can trust.In this installment, the multitude of threats and dangers ramps up with internal trouble at the FBI, Blake’s family situation and his foes are constantly on his tail.Blake is trying to remain one step ahead of his foe, though the way the author has penned his story it keeps readers guessing just exactly who these foes are.
The tale begins in book one, 30 Days Hath Revenge and continues in book two titled, Triple Time.Here is a spell-binding series that keeps an audience wanting more and highly anticipating the next book in what is to eventually be a five-book series.C. Kevin Thompson writes with believable characters, an intricate plot and heart-pounding, intense action and thrills!
Each book begins where the former book leaves …

Lily of the Manor

Title:Lily of the Manor
Author:Anita Stansfield
Publisher: Covenant Communications
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Lily Broadbent is a wealthy widow who has adopted 11 orphan children.She would pray before entering an orphanage as to whom she should adopt and leave the rest to God.She needs of a tutor for her brood and Frederick Woodstone needs a tutoring position.He journeys to Broadbent Manor, hoping to get the job and to start immediately so he doesn’t have to pay another night’s rent at the local inn as his funds are rapidly dwindling.He meets Lily and is struck by her very different appearance.She puts him at ease and lets him know she is used to getting looked at.He and she strike up an instant rapport and he is hired on the spot.He begins the next day with Lily observing his methods of teaching as well as discipline for her children.She is most impressed with how Frederick interacts with and encourages her children.
As the story progresses, Lily and Frederick spend …

Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)

Title:Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 346
Year: 2018
Publisher: Create Space
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This whole series is so worth reading! They excel at suspense and grabbing the heart of the reader, pulling them into the plethora of happenings in the book. The series has a total of four books that can be read as stand-alone stories though I found reading them in order helped enhance my understanding of the plot and characters.
The titles in order are: Convenient Lies, Twisted Lies followed by Generous Lies, which comes before this final novel I am sharing my thoughts on today.Robin weaves such a well-crafted plot that brings the reader into the story from the first page, and then keep turning the pages with all the twists and turns in the plot.I felt like I was right there observing what was happening around me even though I was reading the book.
Time flew by quickly and I was unaware of what was going on around me because I was lost in the pages!Right th…