Virtualbookworm: “Elmo” by Matt Shea Book Review

By Ruth on February 25, 2014 in book, Christian fiction, review

ElmoElmo by Matt Shea

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This heart-warming book is well-written, clean, Christian, and quite uplifting. The book is a simple read, but it is truly powerful. The Christian and altruistic messages are very strong, encouraging, and clear. This book is something that will hearken back to a better time in our U.S., and it will inspire you to dare to dream that these old-fashioned values are possible in today’s technological, fast-paced, me-generation world. I honestly had no qualms with the writing of the story nor the obvious message.

You might be wondering why I only gave it a four-star rating. Well, I have read many “feel-good” stories over the years, and I believe that in order to be truly impactful, a bit of reality is compulsory. I realize that the economy has affected this town, and the men are banding together to get through the difficult times. But my complaint is that the story is sugary-sweet. I know that sounds almost counterintuitive because the story is positive and inspirational. But it seems that everyone was too good to be true. I was looking for “meat” that never materialized. When I read that the author was inspired by Andy Griffith, it all made sense. “Mayberrys” still exist–I know. But I just needed some more realism–just a personal preference. I can say that there are some distinct touching moments that were worth the read even if they were predictable.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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“Elmo” by Matt Shea –
“Elmo” is a story about an economic crisis in the small town of Miner. Eventually the township was forced to bend with the rest of the nation causing the dads to volley back with a clever remedy. They would brave the winter nights and secretly take shifts dressed as a hobo on the corner of Main Street and Elm…

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