My name is Lynne Stringer and I love writing! Of course, that’s not all I love. I also love reading books, especially ones that take me out of the every day and into a new world. It doesn’t have to be a completely imaginary world, either. Anything with fascinating characters and interesting storylines will do. My first young adult novel, The Heir, was accepted for publication by Wombat Books and released on 1 June 2013. It is the first book in the Verindon trilogy. It’s so exciting to have a real copy of my book in my hands.
This book was a wonderful telling of small town church prejudices and judgementalism and the mess it can cause.
From the start I liked the female protagonist, Ruthie Turner, in spite of how prickly she could be. She seemed to have a right to be and I could understand her rejection of the church. I liked Dodd too, although his belief in the honesty of certain people did annoy me. However, as he was a newcomer in town (and because he was a nice guy), I could understand why he thought that way. It wasn't like it is in some novels, where the truth is so obvious the book becomes frustrating because everyone but the protagonist can easily see what was going on. In this case, the truth was hidden amongst lies and pride.
I enjoyed the way the novel progressed, which was natural and felt organic. I liked the foreshadowing and how the climax came about. My only complaint is that I thought the resolution was too brief. I would have liked a little more at that point.
But it was a good read and I will be checking out the sequel.