Book Review: The Uncommitted by Margaret M. Goss

The Uncommitted Book Cover The Uncommitted
Margaret M. Goss
Women's Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
Three Towers Press (the fiction imprint of HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.)
Oct 10, 2015

Josephine Reilly is a typical young mother, striving to do what is best for her family in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota. Declan, her ambitious and talented husband, has a thriving career as a corporate lawyer. On the surface, life could not appear more perfect.

Yet, Josie has an unrealized gift, one that has haunted her since the drowning death of a childhood friend. Josie is a messenger, as was her mother and grandmother before her, carrying messages from the dead to the living through dreams, visions and telepathy. For years, Josie suppresses her gift but when mother dies, she is unable to ignore it any longer.

Upon exploring her ability, she finds she’s underestimated the dangers in channeling the dead when those she loves become targets of an invisible evil. Her sanity comes into question and she’s at risk of losing everything she holds dear. Then fate places Dr. Andrew Chase in Josie’s path, a healer of supernatural capabilities. Only he hasn’t come to prevent her fall . . .

The Uncommitted is a compelling tale of the spiritual struggle within us and of the realities beyond our physical sight.

my Review

Very enjoyable and a nice change from my normal reads.
I’m a bit unsure of how to categorize this book. At first I thought it was a Christian fiction, but as it progressed, I had my doubts to could truly fall into that category. Not that that’s a bad thing. Or a good one, for the matter, as I’ve read some very good Christian fiction. This seems to fall somewhere inbetween. Maybe Modern Christian Fiction? Is that a genre? Maybe it should be.

Anyway, the story. I really enjoyed the unique-ness of the storyline. I have read a LOT and I’ve never read anything like this before. It was also delightfully unpredictable. Predictable books seem to be the norm lately, so it was refreshing to read something when you didn’t know where it was going to take you.

The characters I also enjoyed. The main character, Josie, was believable and not your typical brain-dead damsel making terrible decisions in order to move the plot along. I very much appreciated that. I do wish we had gotten to know Andrew a bit more. It seems like we just got to know him enough to leave me wanting more. It is saying something that, by halfway in, I was kinda hoping this would be the first book in a series. And I hate series.

There are a few things keeping this book from getting 4 stars from me, though. Perhaps it should be noted that I am an infamously harsh rater. Sorry folks, but if you give 5 stars to every book you read then that means *every* one of those books is one of the best books you’ve ever read. No. To me, 5 stars is a PERFECT book. 4 stars could i have herpes is a very, very good book, and 3 stars is a good book. I’ll give this one a 3.5. There is a section in the beginning with a 4 year time-jump. I understand why this was done, but at the same time I wish we had at least a taste of it. Considering this book is just over 300 pages, I think it would have been nice to add a bit to those years. There were also a few parts in the last 1/3 of the book that I felt could have been edited down a bit. But that is getting nit-picky.

**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Professional Reader