Sunday, February 22, 2009
My Review: The Last Mango in Texas
This is a fun lighthearted read that manages to touch on some serious subjects without ever turning into a serious book. Last Mango in Texas is written by a man and the main character, from whose point of view the story is told, is also a man. The story follows Kyle Mango from the day his father had "the talk" with him, a talk that happened not long before his father left home for good; off to his college days at Texas Tech, where Gretchen helped rescue him from life as a fraternity pledge; to the day he inherits some property, with oil wells and starts his own business. The only problem is that he still wants Gretchen, and she is an environmental activist who despises oil companies.
The book is Christian fiction, but not in a heavy-handed way. One character "gets saved" and gives up his life as a bookie to drill wells in Africa. Kyle prays a little about his vocation and tries to discern what God wants of him. Gretchen realizes that a friend has made environmentalism into its own religion.
Everything ties up nicely with a happy ending. Maybe it isn't the most realistic read ever, but it was fun and I recommend it.