Pretense follows the lives of two sisters, Mackenzie and Delancey Bishop, from the 1970s to the 1990s. Their lives are turned upside down when their parents begin to question the void in their lives and find their answers lie in spiritual matters. As they grow they try to ignore their own spiritual choices until it becomes absolutely necessary.
The book is long and character rich. Very early on you become invested in their lives and it is hard not to laugh and cry with them. You’ll see them in good times and hard times, and most importantly, watch them grow. In all honesty, this book has gotten some criticism about the characters being unbelievable, but sometimes that makes for light reading. Perhaps the best part is the way salvation is woven into the story, and not just once but several times.
As a writer, I am in awe of this book. The book took an incredible amount of work and imagination, and sets the bar I want to reach for in my own writing. I believe that anyone who is a fan of Christian fiction quite possibly will find a new favorite in this book, if they haven’t already.