4 Star #Review for HOME from AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com
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Home: A Novel by Charles W. Jones is a story about a fallen angel, Belphegor or Mr. Bel for short, who has a disagreement with God and is sent to rule a small town in Wyoming named Shoshoni. Belphegor, who spends his days peering out of a window in the Shanley hotel, demands that his servants find him ‘the one with whom he’d shared himself with,’ to help him restore the life back into the lackluster town. When his servant, Mark, fails to complete the requested task, he returns to Shoshoni with the brother of whom he had been sent for, leaving Mr. Bel very unhappy. Mark, who is greatly terrified as well as very aroused by Mr. Bel, lies about his messy work during his mission to find Cody and why he brought over his brother Tyler instead. Nonetheless, Cody ends up in Shoshoni with his brother Tyler along with Mark and Mr. Bel, only to find out that Mr. Bel no longer wants to be permanently earthbound and will use him to gain God’s forgiveness.
Home is quite the page-turner if you could get passed the terribly irrelevant book cover and poor book formatting. Jones also starts each chapter with a bible verse, which can become a bit excessive seeing as the book consists of forty-eight chapters. Nonetheless, Charles seamlessly switches the character focus with each chapter while maintaining his third person point of view, giving you a well rounded idea of the personalities and thoughts of everyone involved. He brings you into their workplaces, their homes, their pasts and current thoughts, leaving you feeling as if you personally know the characters. Jones also gives us steamy, intimate scenes without turning the book into an erotica novel and taking away from the religious underbelly of the novel.
Charles provides the reader with a twist on God, creation and spreading the word of the bible while challenging some views of Christianity and Catholicism. There is quite the emphasis on homosexuality in the book which can offend the religious party, for obvious reasons but also those part of the LGBTQ community due to subtle jabs such as; “After hours of heated passion, she knew he wasn’t gay. A gay man didn’t have the skills he used to bring her pleasure.” However, he recovers later on in the book when he speaks on a misinterpretation of the bible’s references to homosexuality. Needless to say, this book isn’t for everyone, but for those who’re interested, it is overall a very satisfying read.
Originally critiqued by the staff of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com.
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