Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oh Gad by Joanne C. Hillhouse

Oh Gad is the story of a young woman who was born in another country, but was raised in the States by her dad. She returns to her homeland of Antigua when her mother dies.

The book starts a little slow with setting the background, but, after several chapters, I found myself intrigued. The main character, Nikki, has always felt alone. She laments never truly knowing her mother, but accepts that as being her own fault. She talks of being alone in “the organized chaos of New York housed with a man who never stopped being a stranger… A man who told her he was her father, but never taught her what family was.”  This novel is the story of her journey to discovering herself. On that journey, she goes over potholes and speed bumps in her relationships with family members as well as several with men.

In addition to giving us the story of Nikki’s finding herself, the reader is given a look into the Antiguan culture. The dialect is wonderfully written and rolls off the mental tongue while reading it. The book also touches on the subject of developing the country and its effects on the people who live there.

I rate this book a four out of five stars.

** Disclosure: I won an ARC of this book in a contest. No compensation, financial or otherwise, was received in exchange for this review.

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