Book review: I am Rebecca
I am Rebecca
Written by Fleur Beale
I never thought that life inside a religious cult would be so interesting and engaging. But Fleur Beale’s sequel to her bestseller I am not Esther, proved me very wrong.
The novel follows Rebecca Pilgrim, a 14 year old girl born into the religious sect “The children of the faith” and her struggle to remain true to her faith and her family especially once she is assigned an unsuitable marriage partner.
The book is set within New Zealand and uses locations and situations which were relatable and easy to understand for local readers. I have read the previous book but it can be read as a standalone novel. The preceding events are clearly outlined and the new reader will not miss out or be confused at any point.
Rebecca is a great protagonist, as a reader you really feel for her and understand her plight. The novel can be quite heart breaking but moments of joy are sprinkled throughout. These are refreshing but also make Rebecca’s decision harder. As a read it the time flew by so I would highly recommend it. So go give this New Zealand read a go!