The Book ✯✯
Alright, team. I finally finished Weaver's Needle. And... It was a rough, rough go of it. It wasn't for lack of being able to read it. It wasn't that it was long--it's actually fairly short as novels go. It just was one of those books that I'd rather be reading anything else on my TBR--to be read-- list. But it also wasn't terrible.
I loved that it wasn't an insta-love, but it was the classic troupe of "I can't stand you" to "I adore you." Which is predictable and boring. Nikolai was suave and handsome and likable. Landry was smart and determined. They both had a fleshed out background with some pretty solid and understandable motives for taking on a dangerous case to earn the recovery fee.
The book is a mystery first, Christian second. Until about 50% of the way through I felt lied to about the Christian aspect, because there was nothing there beyond snippet prayers you'd find in any book where the protagonist feels like they need help from whatever higher being they believe in. After the 50% mark, though, it's Christian side showed through in a pretty incredible way.
The author did her research and spent time respecting the Apache traditions and culture and seamlessly wove it into the opinion that God uses everyone and everything for His greater purpose.
Other than that, this book just fell...flat. It wasn't an engaging writing style, it described things it didn't need to while telling things it should have described, and the big mystery reveal was not a massive surprise. I think my biggest problem was that it didn't feel original. In fact, if you've read or played the computer games for Nancy Drew, it reminded me so much of Secret at Shadow Ranch that I couldn't take it seriously. But, it made me nostalgic and I could still appreciate the retelling.
Thank you to NetGalley, Robin Caroll, and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.