I received a free copy of A Just Man by Helen Daniel in eBook form to write an honest review for BookLook Blogger.
A Just Man follows several generations of the Matthews family through farming, shipbuilding, the Civil War and other circumstances. I enjoyed the characters, though I think they could have been a bit more developed, as stories with well developed characters who face sad issues never fail to make me cry, and the sad issues in this story tugged at my heart but brought no tears.
I liked the story and the characters. I found the book very simply written and easy to read. The story was sweet and enjoyable, although I found it a bit unrealistic.
A Just Man is also very clearly written in third person with a narrator. The story is mostly told by the narrator rather than shown by the characters’ thoughts, dialogues, and actions. After reading for a while, however, this became less noticeable to me, as I enjoyed the story.
It was mentioned either on the back cover or in a Preface that Helen Daniel had written stories to illustrate Sunday School lessons, and that is exactly what the chapters of this story reminded me of. They are sweet stories of generations of one family and their struggles, as well as their faith.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something about faith in God that is easy to understand. I would recommend this to parents who want a good, faith building, encouraging story to read and discuss with their elementary age children. I would also recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good, family friendly, easy-to-read book.