I just finished reading The Lost Madonna, by Kelly Jones. I didn't blog about it earlier because I wasn't sure what I wanted to say about it. Getting started was really rough, because I didn't feel like I was being drawn in as much as I could have been. The beginning of the book contained a lot of flashbacks, but they were all narrated in a "tell" style, rather than a "show" style. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time getting into a book that explains instead of dropping you right into the scene.
However, the story in The Lost Madonna was intriguing that I kept reading, despite my doubts as to Jones's writing style. I am glad I did -- and this goes to show how first impressions of books are not always accurate. As the story went on, and the flashbacks were fewer, the story became even more intense. In the end, it was a pretty good book, and I am glad I read it.
The moral of the story: If you read Kelly Jones's The Lost Madonna, be sure to keep going even if you don't feel compelled to. In the end, it's worth it!