- Book of Days, A novel
- James L. Rubart, ©2011
- B & H Publishing Group
- ISBN 978-1-4336-7151-7
- 376 pp. plus discussion questions (ppbk.)
This novel is almost impossible to put down, once a reader begins the story. And the tale makes some stories by even my favorite authors feel ordinary and tame.
A mysterious Book of Days supposedly reveals a person’s past and future, but has been hidden somewhere in Oregon. Before each one died, Cameron Vaux had promised both his wife and his father that he’d search for the book. He delays for several years, until he experiences symptoms of the brain disease that took his father’s life.
When he finally reaches a small Oregon village, the supposed site of the book, townsfolk (and others) insist the volume is a myth. Cameron desperately needs to find this book for his own future. Can he survive the disease that killed his father? Will his memory stay with him to remember details until he finds the Book of Days? And can he choose wisely about a woman he loves?
Several characters in the story need the freedom of forgiving others who hurt them. Will they make that decision?
Rubart skillfully blends mystery, romance, sub-plots and themes for a gripping story. The dialogue never sounds preachy, although several characters talk about how to find God and why this is important. The characters feel real and likeable, even the villain.
By knowing how mystery plots work, the villain of the tale was easy to spot, but his unmasking was still suspenseful. A most enjoyable story with a satisfying ending.