The Treasure of Granzella Ranch

The Treasure of Granzella Ranch: Large Print EditionTitle: The Treasure of Granzella Ranch
Author: Joan Bannan
Publisher: Joan Bannan
ISBN: 978-0-9627624-5-1

“Yes, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Sheree is told in a dream in Joan Bannan’s novel, The Treasure of Granzella Ranch.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-seventy-six pages, this hardbound targets those who like contemporary Christian romance with suspense. Using words such as darned and heck, topics of alcoholism, divorce, pornography, erectile dysfunction, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The beginning includes a genealogy and map, while the ending has five recipes, acknowledgments, and seven discussion questions.

In this short tale, the Granzella Ranch in California is failing after four generations producing olive oil. Separated from her husband, Sherre returns to the homestead to help with the farm after her father dies. While her mother considers remarrying a strange man only nine months after her spouse’s death, the rest of the family deals with issues that include faltering marriages, getting over past mistakes, and learning to fall in love again.  As Sherre realizes her mistrust in herself, she learns about the real treasures of life.

~Why ~
I enjoyed learning about a generational business and how it strived to survive. Including the history of many of the family members and relationships with others was interesting. Learning about millrooms, voles, insects, and growing olives was engaging.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate this read. Others may feel the family is too dysfunctional, some conversations are trite, and the main character tries to solve all problems herself.  Some may feel the story predictable and the flow anti-climatic.

~ Wish ~
While I enjoyed the writer’s style, I had trouble with the many punctuation errors that included missing end quotes or commas that confused the reading. I had to mark it down a full point for this specific problem. I wish all the pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a quick read that focuses on how “God works all things together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” this may keep you entertained.

Thanks to the CWA Review Crew and author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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Filed under *** OK - Don't Love It, Don't Hate It, Christian, Fiction

2 responses to “The Treasure of Granzella Ranch

  1. Hello Connie,

    Thank you for your review. I got an email from Heather regarding specifics and I appreciate you so much.

    I was under the wrong impression regarding the capitalization of You. I would prefer to capitalize it, but misunderstood that it was incorrect to do to. Fixing that.

    Regarding the rest of the specifics you gave Heather, with one exception (I learned something, thank you!), I was aware of these rules, but they were missed by both me and my editors. I will correct all of these with my publisher.

    Are you for hire? If it’s not too costly, I would be willing to pay you to copy edit my next novel that will be ready for editing soon.

    • Thanks, Joan (and for the read – I have a friend who has an olive/almond/orange ranch in Lindsay, CA).

      On the pronouns of God – either capitalize all (what I find more reverent) or don’t capitalize any (which does not call attention to the Almighty in my book).

      Please feel free to email me about editing your next novel & we can discuss my fees ~

      Keep on writing!

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