The Fine Art of Insincerity

Renee Ann Smith —  June 1, 2011 — 10 Comments

Some novels are like mirrors. As you read them, you glimpse a reflection of the ugliness that sin produces in your own heart and life. That’s the affect of Angela Hunt’s latest story, The Fine Art of Insincerity.

In the novel, Penny, Rose, and Ginger—three grown Southern sisters—meet to close out “Grandma’s treasured beach house for the last time. Two of the sisters seem fated to marry serially, like their seven-times wed grandmother.” And Ginger, though only married once, is having problems of her own.

As the women pack up the place, the struggles they’re each currently facing come to light. Soon, along with the present day problems, old resentments come poring out. As the book progresses, it becomes clear that the girls’ relationships with each other have been jeopardized by jealousies, selfishness, misconceptions, and judgmental attitudes. Wondering what revelation would come next kept me riveted. As one reviewer stated, “Only Angela Hunt could write a relationship novel that’s a page-turner!”

I find reading this type of novel equal parts pain and pleasure.

It hurt to see characters say and do things that damaged the ones they were supposed to love—especially if any of the words or actions mirrored attitudes I’ve harbored. However, as the sisters identified their flaws and began to establish a connection, I was encouraged. As they say, acknowledging you have a problem is the first step to recovery.

Angela’s story brought to mind these verses from I Corinthians 13 . . . If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

If this book truly represents life, I believe many of the problems in the sister’s relationships and the marriage relationships would have been smoothed over or solved completely if those involved had allowed the love of Christ to dwell richly in them.

***Thanks to Glass Road Public Relations for providing a copy for me to review.

This book has been described as “a well-woven story of self-discovery and personal growth that will melt your heart,” “an emotionally compelling gem,” and “a book that will help bring you closer to your own family.” Follow this link to purchase a copy.

About the author: Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works, ranging from picture books (The Tale of the Three Trees) to nonfiction books to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their twenties, Angie and her husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Turner and Hooch and Sandlot too many times). Angela admits to being fascinated by animals, medicine, psychology, unexplained phenomena, and “just about everything” except sports. Books, she says, have always shaped her life.

Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards from Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

Also in 2006, Angela completed her Master of Biblical Studies in Theology degree. She completed her doctorate in 2008 and was accepted into a Th.D. program in 2009. When she’s not home reading or writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

10 responses to The Fine Art of Insincerity

  1. I love Angela Hunt’s books and this one was no exception. But I did find it emotionally challenging — as you said — the attitudes and family dynamics were a bit to “real” for me. Great review.

  2. WOW great review! Thanks for linking this up and sharing with NOBH! Peace to your day!

    Melissa

  3. I love that passage from Corinthians. And you are completely right about some novels being like mirrors. And sometimes that knowledge can be humbling to say the least. Thank you for yet another novel that I have added to my Wish List.

  4. Angela Hunt is such a multi-faceted writer! I haven’t read many of her books, in fact only two, The Note and The Face, but she continues to amaze me. Reading your review has added another book to my TBR pile :-)

  5. Fabulous review! I completely agree that it can be painful to see a character hurt those who are close to him/her.

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