Has this happened to you?
I’m a historical fiction fan. Not too long ago, I was in a bookstore to pick something up, and only had a few minutes before Hubby was picking me up. A book with a “historical fiction cover*” caught my eye. I read the back cover. It looked interesting. I bought it, got it home and started reading it.
About twenty pages into it, I knew something was wrong. My suspicions were confirmed the further I read. It was an inspirational novel. You know the kind-- in which the protragonist’s relationship with God is given just about as much space as the relationships with other characters.
I have nothing against this genre . . . well, that’s a lie. I do. I don’t like it. But I especially don’t like being tricked into buying it because it was disguised as something else.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. I’ll read a description on Amazon, think the book looks interesting and only discover that it’s inspirational once I start reading. Nowhere on the covers or in the descriptions does it say anything about Christianity/inspiration. I find this sort of vaguely dishonest and most definitely irritating.
I’ve now started a mental list of publishers of these books and check the publisher before I buy anything. I’m irritated. Not “pit-irritated” but irked. I’ve half a mind to mail the book back to the publisher with a demand they refund my money for tricking me.
*Readers of historical fiction will know to what I refer. It’s the latest trend in covers for these books, and it’s usually something along the lines of an off-center detail of a historic painting.