Official Review: The Hobble by Andrea Marino

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Official Review: The Hobble by Andrea Marino

Post by Bluebird03 » 21 Jun 2019, 13:08

[Following is an official review of "The Hobble" by Andrea Marino.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Hobble is the story of Electa. Once she enjoyed theatre and dancing until she tripped over a stone and fell. Since that day, she has walked with a limp, or hobble (thus the title). She has received a mysterious invitation to an all-expense-paid vacation at the Kingsway Manor Inn. Feeling burned out and disappointed with her life, Electa decides that this getaway is precisely the respite she needs.

At this inn, she will meet many eclectic and lovable characters. However, by far, the most intriguing is Jah. He seems to appear out of nowhere. Kind, patient, and giving, he is said to have the most profound effect on others. Some begin to question if Jah could be the Son of God, having taken the human form to come back to earth. Jah is also described as a carpenter, in his thirties, and known to save lives and seemingly perform miracles. Is Jah the Son of God? Will Electa’s stay at the inn be what she needs to turn her life around?

I liked the author’s premise behind this novel. She writes of a young lady with a disability desperately wanting to feel whole again. I think her hobble was not only physical but also designed to represent her crooked and unsteady walk with God. Electa is vividly portrayed as being angry and cynical. She finds the entire concept of religion to be confusing. The author does an excellent job of putting you inside Electa’s mind. Mary, the innkeeper, is gentle, patient, and benevolent. More than anything, she wants to guide Electa into knowing Christ and looking forward to her future. I found both of these characters to be likable and relatable.

Also, I enjoyed reading the sections of the book when Jah made an appearance or was discussed. It was especially interesting to note the responses of others concerning him. Their reactions ranged from believing that He was the Son of God to just seeing him as a wandering carpenter, currently building a home high up on their mountain.

If I had to find anything to dislike, it was the constant dialog. At times, I found myself wanting a break from yet one more conversation. Possibly condensing some of these conversations would broaden the appeal of the book. Marino did a thorough job of interjecting scripture from The Bible throughout her story and explaining what some of the quotes meant.

Unfortunately, I did find more than ten errors (in the first twenty-five percent of the book alone). Therefore, I rate The Hobble by Andrea Marino 3 out of 4 stars. I am deducting one point for the errors. However, given these corrections, Marino will have a very engaging novel. I can recommend this book to Christians, as the scripture verses will be familiar and comforting. The dialog and quoting of scripture may be a deterrent for some readers. Anyone with a handicap and looking for inspiration may enjoy Electa's story. Since this book is without violence and sex scenes, it is also appropriate for younger adults.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 23 Jun 2019, 13:55

This is definitely a unique premise. The characters also seem quite well developed, and I know what you mean about too much dialogue - sometimes a nod should do the trick.
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Post by Magnify3 » 23 Jun 2019, 14:11

An interesting book indeed. I would like to read it 😊

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Post by Prisallen » 23 Jun 2019, 14:47

I think this book sounds intriguing. It's too bad about the errors. Hopefully, the author will get those fixed soon. Thank you for a very thorough and interesting review!

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Post by Tomah » 23 Jun 2019, 15:47

I don't mind Christian-themed novels as long as they're well-written and don't rely exclusively on the religious content, but this one might not be for me. Excessive dialogue already annoys me in many novels I've read, so I definitely don't want tons of scripture quoting and discussing on top of that. At that point, I might as well just find a Bible study group. Still, thanks for the review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Jun 2019, 17:34

This reminds me a bit of Hinds Feet on High Places. It seems like an allegory of the Christian life. I'll have to add this to my list. Thanks!
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Post by Shadiid » 23 Jun 2019, 18:48

I think Jah is a wonderful character. I wish there were more real people like him..I would like to read this book ,only because of Jah.

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Post by Charlie19 » 23 Jun 2019, 23:45

The fantasy there is not really my type, however i think that the author has enough good idea to create a great story like this one. Great review

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Post by Wyland » 24 Jun 2019, 05:24

Seems like a nice and simple premise with a lot of significant impact on Electa and maybe the reader. Thanks for the nice review.

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Post by Meg98 » 24 Jun 2019, 10:09

This sounds like a very unique story. I like the author's premise, and I find it interesting that she included religion themes. I think I will check this one out! Thanks for this great review:)
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Post by Ellylion » 24 Jun 2019, 15:21

What a pity that such a promising book has so many errors. But I still would love to give it a try! This book seems to have a really inspiring and unique concept. :) Thank you for a great review!

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 25 Jun 2019, 03:28

I fell in love with the title and it's meaning! Some books are worth the read inspite of the errors aren't they? Thank you for your wonderful review

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Post by Cecilia_L » 25 Jun 2019, 10:47

Despite the overwhelming dialogue, this does sound like a creative story. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by unamilagra » 26 Jun 2019, 12:13

I don't tend to enjoy religious novels personally, but I really like that this one used the symbolism of the physical limp to mirror Electa's walk with God. Great review!

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Post by Bluebird03 » 29 Jun 2019, 08:36

Bianka Walter wrote:
23 Jun 2019, 13:55
This is definitely a unique premise. The characters also seem quite well developed, and I know what you mean about too much dialogue - sometimes a nod should do the trick.
Thanks for a wonderful review!
I think the author was trying to fit a lot of scripture information into the dialog and it felt pushed at times. Thank you, Bianca, for your very kind comments! :)

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