Review of Selah by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Selah by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Having read the first and second books of this series, I was interested to see how Selah’s story turned out. The second book, Verity, introduced Jedediah in the last book, I anticipated really liking Jed’s character and his plot.

However, this book fell a little flat for me. Part of this might be because it took me over a week to read, and I kept reading in very scattered intervals. So part of this might be my fault. But this book really felt like it didn’t have much of a plot. Yes, stuff happened, but it was more like Selah’s day-to-day life with assorted adventures. Verity and Keturah both had POVs (Keturah’s really wasn’t that important, I don’t think), but it was nice to see especially Verity again. Gray and Ian also had POVs, I believe, which made a lot of different POVs and may have contributed to this problem I’m about to address. Jedediah hardly had any scenes to himself. He really seemed like an extra character just to go along with Selah’s story. Yes, they had a romance, but it wasn’t that great of a relationship, and since he was hardly in there, I didn’t really care about him. In fact, another love interest (sorta) came onto the scene near the end of the book, and I was almost rooting for him. Not a good sign. I think it would’ve been much better if Jedediah had actually had his own plot – not just a tag-a-long with Selah. I did appreciate he was a musician, though, and a preacher. He seemed like he had genuine care for the people he cared for, and he would’ve been a great character … if he’d ever gotten the chance.

Also, I have to say something about the ending, because I went through three whole books with this Angus Shubert person basically stalking all three of these ladies and being a real jerk. (view spoiler)[ So why does he get off with almost no penalty for all he did? I mean, I can’t even remember every bad he did, but I think he tried to kill the foreman, tried to take advantage of Selah, and assaulted all of his poor slave girls. And all he gets is something like “stay away and be nice, or else?” Ugh. That was not a good resolution. After reading about him for so long, I need justice here! (hide spoiler)]

So, in the end … I wish this series had had a better finale. We never really heard about what happened with Ian and all of his privateering adventures, and things just didn’t really feel final when it seemed like there needed to be a big wrap-up since all three sisters were in the end. However, there was a nice moral concerning Jed and Selah when he finally chose to trust the Lord in regards to his and Selah’s relationship, and this book was probably the cleanest of the whole series (not that the others were explicit or anything.) I appreciated that Selah didn’t like Jed just because he was handsome or strong or whatnot, but because he was a good guy. Definitely a good change from some books.

For anyone who enjoys historical fiction, you might enjoy this. Personally, though, I needed to read this book to finish the series, but overall it wasn’t my favorite.

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