Book Review: The Big House on Adams Street

From Book Description

With a heart full of cheer and hope, Fritz – a young, wealthy German – decides to go to America and build a community that will help people in need. With the completion of a beautiful, spacious, house, Fritz is witness to a series of unexpected events that bring together a cast of unlikely characters. Come journey with Fritz as he tries to complete a dream that will take your heart through a wondrous adventure of humanity.

Big House on Adams Street

My Comments

This book was offered to me as a “bonus” to an other book I was given to read and review. I was enticed by the book description and thought I would love this book. Sadly, I didn’t. Although there were parts of the book I liked a lot, there was much that troubled me.

On the positive side, I love the premise of the book. The idea of creating a community of like-minded people gathered to help the needy is an awesome idea. I also love stories of people who immigrate from other countries and create satisfying lives for themselves in America. I have a soft-spot for “rags-to-riches” stories, for sure.

As for the story itself, the first chapter moved swiftly but then it switches gears. In fact, the story switches gears a lot. It was hard to keep track of who was doing what or even who is the main protagonist of this story. Then, after the first chapter, the story slows down to an almost unbearable pace. I have a Kindle edition of the book and it isn’t until sometime into the 30% of the book that the house even gets built. Then, after going so slowly, the book comes to an abrupt stop. Boom! The story ends with no resolution or sense of completion.

In addition, there is no real character development for any of the characters. Characters came and went without any real introduction or opportunity to create an emotional bond. And, the characters are just too “perfect” and impossible to relate to. Even the “bad” ones, or those with problems seem too good to be true.

However, what confused me the most was the Christian aspect of the story. I knew going in that it was a Christian book, but some of the book seemed to be from a non-denominational Christian perspective and some of it seemed to be from a Catholic-Christian perspective. There were several mentions of St. Francis and his “Channel of Peace” prayer but one of the characters is supposed to be the “chaplain” of the group but he is just a holy man that Fritz became acquainted with. Also, another character makes a “confession” but I couldn’t tell if it was a Catholic confession or what. If it was, the theology is way off. I appreciate books with a Christian slant, and I appreciate it here too, but it was just confusing.

I should also mention that there are some glaring grammar and usage/spelling errors. There are enough errors to mention them but nothing that some good editing can’t fix.

Therefore, as the book stands now, I would not recommend the book. However, I think, with some good editing and re-working of the story, it has the potential to be a really good book. Thus, I give The Big House on Adams Street three (3) stars.

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