Review: The Girl Who Slept with God
The Quanbeck family is a deeply religious, evangelical family living in Idaho in the 1970s. Oren, the father, is a science professor and the mother stays home with their three daughters. The oldest daughter, Grace is particularly devout and heads off to Mexico on a mission trip.
When Oren learns that Grace is pregnant (with what she claims to be the child of God), he brings her home from Mexico and then banishes her and the middle daughter, Jory, to a farmhouse in the country. The girls learn to cope with their difficult situation by creating their own little family of misfits, much to their father’s dismay. Oren’s attempts to get a handle on the situation backfire and the Quanbeck family is threatened.
THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski is the fascinating story of a family in crisis. The Quanbeck family dynamics are different from most, though, because of their religious fanaticism. Since she was raised an evangelical Christian, it’s a subject Brelinski knows well so it rings true. I thought Brelinski’s writing was top notch and I found the book to be engaging and somewhat disturbing. Brelinski’s storyline is great and she did a wonderful job bringing all the storylines together. I recommend THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD and look forward to whatever the author comes up with next.