In this quirky, romantic novel, in the irreverent spirit of Christopher Moore's national bestseller Lamb, a young woman is getting texts from an iPhone-obsessed God, and she's not okay with that. Her handsome new neighbor tries to intervene in the dispute, but is he on her side, or the Almighty's?
Patience Kelleher doesn't want to be a soldier of the Lord. She doesn't want His voice in her head, and she certainly doesn't want Him texting her emoticon-laden messages about boy band singers and sinister solar power corporations. What would a cranky, twenty-three-year-old waitress know about preventing the Apocalypse? He's got believers for that sort of thing, or the Army. All Patience wants is to keep a job she actually likes, and to avoid falling for her confounding new neighbor, if at all possible. When the Lord enlists said neighbor to convince her to step up, it doesn't brighten her mood. That was dirty pool.
Zane Grey Ellison doesn't particularly want to be a soldier of the Lord either, but he's keeping an open mind. His world's been pretty skewed since he abandoned his father's estate, and his preoccupation with the waitress across the street hasn't helped him regain his equilibrium. The messages she's receiving from a text-happy God don't seem all that much more wondrous to him than his discovery of diner food, or the realization that not every girl in the world can be impressed by a Bugatti Veyron. In fact, if Patience would just stop bickering with the Lord for a minute, he believes they might even get the job done.
Patience fights to keep her sanity as Zane fights to keep the peace, determined not to let the world die ... not when it's just getting good.
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 24th 2015 by Infinite Words
I wanted really like this one, but the unfortunate truth is that while there were some good things about it, it just didn’t grab hold of me like I thought it would. I didn’t feel the driving need to devour it and had no problem setting it to the side for a while. In this case it may very well be a whole “It’s not you, it’s me. Maybe I’m Bi-Polar when it comes to this book” scenario becauSe there were some great scenes in it, I mean come on, the idea of God communicating with anyone via text sounds pretty damn humorous and those were some of the funnier parts of the story, especially when he creates his own emoticons.
Then there are the characters. There are no characters in this story that are like the other. Each is very distinctive in their personality and outlook on what is going on, and considering what is going on, that’s a great feat, but I never truly connected with any of them. Zane was probably the one who interested me most because he had so many different facets to who he was. Patience was alright, I can’t say I disliked her but I never truly warmed to her or her predicament, though her reactions to what was going on were pretty realistic even when I wanted to smack her upside the head and John definitely brought a very different perspective to things whenever he was on page. The romance between Zane and Patience, I guess given the circumstances I can see how they’d gravitate to one another, but if you are looking for the whole red wine and roses type of romance, you aren’t going to get it here.
The one aspect that I did like was that while God is moving the chess pieces around, and in this case a Christian God, religion was not shoved down my throat. There are references to certain people of the Bible, but what it all really came down to was that just because you find yourself in a situation that you feel is totally outside of anything you think you can handle it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a way to get the job done, you just have to have faith in yourself.
So while I didn’t love the book, I still found it to be an interesting read in the end.
~ I received an ARC copy from Atria Books/Infinite Words via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication dated: 3/24/15 ~