Title: The Blue Door
Author: Christa Kinde
Series: Threshold #1
Prissie Pomeroy is the only daughter of a farming family. With five brothers, her parents, and her grandparents, the house is rarely quiet, but she could wish for more time with her friends. Then one day she spots a stranger on her way to get the mail. He claims to be an angel. Prissie has no idea how to react, but she finds she’s slowly being drawn into his world.
I loved this. The whole setup is so interesting precisely because—at least for now—there isn’t any huge, world-defining battle between Good and Evil. Prissie has been granted to see some of what is ordinarily unseen, but it’s in the context of living out her ordinary life on a farm with her family. She faces a few temptations, but nothing that feels like the point of her new revelations. So she struggles mostly with whether or not to believe those who call themselves angels, and what exactly to do about it. She’s always believed in angels in THEORY, but actually living out life interacting with real ones is a whole different story. She’s afraid of what it would mean to accept them. She’s really struggling with the whole supernatural bit.
And the angels were awesome. I loved that they were all so humble and gentle with her, even though not all of them show it the same way. I liked Koji a lot. His curiosity leads to interesting questions, and although he comes across as an oddball, he’s also a good friend. But I have to admit Kester was probably my favorite. He’s formal almost to the point of stiffness, has a large and somewhat outdated vocabulary, and is working with an extremely casual worship leader who can’t help trying to get him to loosen up.
Kester smiled faintly. “I have been to bazaars and street festivals all over the world, but they were nothing like this. Each land has its own flair and flavor, and this one’s is uniquely, uh, deep fried.”
“At least try the doughnuts,” said Baird.
This also made me laugh quite a bit. Most of the best bits were almost throw-away lines, like this:
Momma was summoned back to the house by Jude, who brought news of Zeke’s discovery that he could make taller towers out of building blocks if he used peanut butter between the layers.
I suspect Ransom will have a larger role in the future. Although Prissie doesn’t like him at all, it’s easy for a reader to see there’s much more going on with him than meets her eyes. There’s also a slowly unfolding plot with the demons, but for now whatever they’re actually up to is mostly hidden.
Overall I really liked this. This is a story that includes faith very naturally, allowing Prissie to live out her life and her faith without trying to beat the reader over the head with a Message About Salvation. It’s solid writing and a good story, with interesting characters and a quirky sense of humor. I rate this book Highly Recommended.