I am going to start off by saying this is not something I would normally review. My standard categories are adult fiction with dark themes, crime fiction, erotica, bad guys as the main characters fiction and dark/alt religion type fiction. This is a traditional Christian fiction book. With that being said, the reason I chose to review it was because the writing in the Amazon sample chapters was absolutely stellar. It would have been a complete injustice to the author for me to refuse it, and my initial perceptions of the book were not wrong. The technical writing is stellar. I did not see a typo anywhere. A lot of effort, editing and polishing went into this book and that is something I can appreciate both as an author and as a book reviewer.
Now, you may be wondering - Was it any good?
Yes, Alexandria - World Class Life Story by BDL is a good book. The premise is that an Olympic sprinting champion, Ruthie Sharone, is 106 years old, and she wants to write her biography before she dies. Ruthie believes deeply in God, and she regularly prays and talks to God. As a result, God has told her that she shall live long enough to see her next great-grandchild born, and she will live long enough to finish her biography, but she needs to make it happen immediately. Ruth takes those words seriously and immediately begins her quest to find a suitable biographer, who turns out to be a woman who is down on her luck, Bridgette.
The book is written as a biography, not an autobiography, so it's in third person, past tense. Readers take a trip down memory lane with Ruth. The biography starts in Ruthie's college days before she met her husband and while she was training to be a track star. During the subsequent pages, you are taken on a blow by blow of Ruth's life as it happened. You get to see all her trials and tribulations and all the trials and tribulations of those around her, and there's plenty to go around.
To spite them all being deeply religious, they all make their fair share of mistakes and how they resolve the mistakes, disagreements, all-out fights and even interpersonal and family shockers. Through Ruth and other's recollections, you get to see her entire family and friends' lives play out on the pages.
Being that this is a Christian family drama, it's not a fast paced novel. It's a leisurely walk down memory lane. This book won't keep you on the edge of your seat with scare tactics, intense fighting or horrific external conflict. It will keep you turning the pages to see how these guys manage the chaos in their lives with the help of the Lord.
Where does it fall on the ole book rating system? It's a 4. I would say somewhere between a 3 and a 4, but there are no structural issues with it. There are no flow problems. It's going to have appeal for Christians trying to figure out how to manage the challenges in their lives, and it's going to appeal to anyone who likes deep family dramas. It's evenly paced throughout the book. You'll also get to enjoy this book for longer than a few hours. It's 760 pages. So yeah, I'm not particularly fond of this genre, and I think it's worth the read.