Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Book Review: True Light (Restoration #3) by Terri Blackstock

It is winter in the electricity deprived town of Oak Hollow.  A pulsar has caused the electricty to go out in the entire world.  Winter is upon the inhabitants of the northern hemisphere and it is not creating a very hospitable living environment.  This is the third book in the Restoration series by Terri Blackstock.

A boy, a child, has gone hunting for his family and managed to knock down a decent size deer.  Someone else comes along and decides he wants that deer for himself.  Food is hard to come by in these times.  He shoots the boy. It is the duty of the sheriff and the town to find out who did it.

The Brannings become attached to the case through their daughter Dani and their kind hearts.  Mark Green's father kidnapped Dani and dealt in pornography.  He had a bad reputation around town before his death and it spread to his son.  Mark is nothing like his father and formed a very meaningful friendship with Dani.  His reputation and the fact that he hunted down a sizeable deer the morning of the shooting leads many in town to believe he is guilty.

Again Blackstock has done a great job of creating the atmosphere of the inhospitable environment created by the pulsar.  She writes believable characters.  Each character has their own identity and go through their own trials and tribulations.  Beth, Dani's younger sister, deals with starting a new local home school for kids her age as well as witnessing brutal fighting between neighbors and Mark.  How it affects her is not the same as how it affects Jeff or Dani.

Mark's character is amazing.  He has taught me so much about what it is to be a Christian and how one should live.  He makes me want to be a better person.  I don't know what else to say.  He's amazing.  He can forgive and do for others what they do not deserve because he knows in his heart that it is what God wants. His tale is the moral of this story.  Tragedy does strike him and leaves us with a cliffhanger at the end.

I've been drawn in from the very beginning and I cannot wait to see what the final book in the series has in store.

I checked this book out of my local library and read it for pure pleasure.


  1. I have not read any of her books but have heard she is great! I found you through the Goodreads page. Hope you have a wonderful week! :O)

  2. Great review. I have read her book but I haven't read this series. I too found you through Goodreads. I have a website More Than a and would love for you to add your reviews to it.
    They are very informative and helpful.
    Thanks, Donna

  3. I don't read a lot of books from the CBA, because even though I am a Christian, I am not in the target demo for most of these books (women). But I really like Blackstock, and thought this series was one of her best. I listened to the audio with my daughter when she was 15 or so, and we both really enjoyed them.

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  4. She's not preachy Christian and she writes stuff I think that would appeal men and women. That is the thing, a lot of Christian fiction is more feminine, but there is some stuff out there I think men can enjoy.