Boonville Redemption: The End of the Beginning (Novel)
“Boonville Redemption: The End of the Beginning” chronicles the history of Boonville, and how it was named after Daniel Boone, even if the “E” was dropped from its name. This massive 624-page book features various characters and their struggles, woes, and happy moments of victory. We meet richly developed characters such as Bayless and Mary, two strong Christians, who bring up a daughter named Alice, who is kind but superstitious and does not share their Christian faith. But they keep working on her. The town “bad” guy, Maddox, takes a liking to Alice, but Alice likes Thomas Briggs and soon bares his child. Various plots are tied together and feature the struggles, challenges, and triumphs of the residents of Boonville.
“Boonville Redemption: The End of the Beginning” is a mammoth undertaking, 624 pages in length. It not only speaks of a spiritual redemption, redemption in Christ, but also of God redeeming our situations and life circumstances. I thought the characters were rich and believable, characters such as Alice, with her gentle but superstitious ways; Thomas, with his loyalty to Alice and his kind spirit; Alice’s parents, Bayless and Mary; and of course the villain, Maddox. Jeb, Virgil, Sofia, and the others were nicely sketched in the story as well. Of course, you took a unique approach in having Moses Boo, the dog, tell the story! The flavor of the story reminds me of “Little House on the Prairie,” as the story takes place just after that time period, or “When Calls the Heart,” and it is closer to that historical time frame. I liked Alice’s Christian parents working on her regarding her superstitions, the romance between Thomas and Alice and the challenges that keep them apart, and Maddox’s jealousies, which were all written realistically.
It is an overall wholesome story with just a few scenes of violence describing “blood,” and it didn’t seem to be gratuitous in its descriptions, although a few people die from the violence. This manuscript satisfies our 12-plus category and receives our “Faith-Friendly” Seal, since scriptures are featured. I like that the story includes a likable pastor and the conversion of Virgil after he commits a dastardly deed and ultimately becomes a pastor himself. It is definitely a redeeming story for Virgil, not to mention for Thomas and Alice. Alice’s pregnancies just before marriage are handled nicely due to her commitment to being married and her parents’ biblical guidance in the events.
This is a long read but well written, with its richness in character development and conflicts and resolutions. It is written in such a way as to anger the viewer when the villain, Maddox, and his accomplices, are at their worst. This book moves the reader to various emotions. It features dramatic separations, hopes dashed, hopes renewed, and the themes of love and redemption. We are pleased to award it five Doves, our best rating. It is truly a story of redemption, Boonville style.