These last days I’ve read the Jonathan Trilogy by Hans M. Hirschi. Hans is a fellow Beaten Track author and I was given Jonathan’s Hope, Jonathan’s Promise, and the ARC of Jonathan’s Legacy (will be published on the 29th) in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve only read a short story by Hans before so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into with the Jonathan books. I figured from the titles they would be about a guy named Jonathan—they are and they aren’t. They are about a whole lot of characters and they weren’t at all what I had expected.
In Jonathan’s Hope Jonathan is only seventeen years old. We get to follow him as he fights for his life before he is rescued by Dan. Sparks fly and life will never again be the same for either of the characters. As the books proceed the main focus isn’t on Jonathan and Dan but on their children and grandchildren as well. I have to admit the beginning of Jonathan’s Promise both surprised and touched me, I hadn’t expected that. Even with the epilogue in Jonathan’s Hope, I hadn’t expected that.
What I liked about the stories was that we’re served a slice of life, we get to follow the characters through ups and down, through sickness and health, and we get to see them age.
What I struggled with was the LOVE. I generally like my books with far more blood and gore and far fewer confessions of undying love. I generally avoid everything close to insta-love, and I prefer the candy floss out of sight. But that’s just me, if you’re a romantic you’ll love this book. I guess I’m too Swedish when it comes to love declarations—I love my husband and if that changes I’ll let him know until then let’s not talk about it, okay? 😀
These books touch on many important issues—homophobia, sexual abuse, overcoming the loss of a partner, being a parent etc. but I would have wanted more depth. I know you can’t dive into these questions too deeply in a book but some (not all, some we really do go into depth on) are brought up, discussed in a few lines, and then quickly hurried past.
Jonathan’s Hope was published in 2013 if my sources are correct whereas Jonathan’s Promise and Jonathan’s Legacy both are published now in 2016. I thought there was a huge difference between the first and two last books when it came to author voice. I truly do believe we develop as writers for as long as we keep at it and where I thought Jonathan’s Hope was a bit confusing at times with mixed POVs and stuff Jonathan’s Promise and Jonathan’s Legacy are skilfully penned.
If you want something more than just a quick fix you should check these books out. You’ll find love and loss and love again, and you’ll get reminded of what’s really important in life.
Jonathan’s Legacy returns to the roots of the Jonathan Trilogy: the love for those weakest amongst us, children, particularly the undesired ones, street kids who find new homes and love, just as Jonathan and Dan once had, in their youth.
We follow the Jackson family, founded by Jonathan and Dan, as they grapple with the loss of their family patriarch. Parker and Cody set out to start a patchwork family of their own, while Marc comes to terms with his loss. And who is Kim Hwan?
This is the third and final book in this accidental trilogy, a book written out of the desperate search for answers, to bring hope where there was only despair, and to find much-needed closure. Anything but a happily ever after is unimaginable.
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