I wasn’t expecting to finish this book quite so soon. I’m swamped with school work and paid work, so I didn’t take any special time out for reading. I finished the book anyway. It reads fast!
Lynne Cantwell’s Seized is shorter than my usual fare. Weighing in at 149 pages, it’s about the size of the YA books I read when I was a young adult. But it is most definitely not a YA book.
The main character, Naomi, is approximately 35 years old. She’s a lawyer in a long-term relationship who is about to have her world turned upside down. It starts with a little push. In getting what she wants, she gets far more than she bargained for. A little sweat, some tears, and a whole lot of divine intervention changes the course of Naomi’s life forever.
For those who are worried about inappropriate novels falling into the hands of children, there’s sex in this book. The author also raises some difficult religious questions, which may be far more objectionable for some. It is not a children’s book!
Despite that, it’s an easy read. The sentences are well-crafted and the story is tight. Cantwell does an excellence job of jumping into a scene late and cutting out early, giving readers a quick emotional, plotted punch and then moving on. At the same time, she doesn’t give the emotional elements short shrift. Things happen fast and leave the main character with her head spinning, but the reader can still keep up.
With a start like this, and two books under her belt already, I expect by the end of the series Cantwell will be an established master. She’s nearly there!