The Redemption Of Philip Thane is a sparkling twist on a story almost everyone knows. This novel is an adaptation of a movie and mythology. Most of you will recognize the theme from the movie Groundhog’s Day. This story involves a fantastical occurrence happening to the hero that fundamentally changes him. Philip Thane is broke and reluctantly agrees to give a speech in a small town celebrating a holiday. For unknown reasons, Philips finds himself repeating the same day.
Philip is a horrible person. He is selfish, rude, inconsiderate, and that is scratching the surface. Philip was so despicable that I almost felt sorry for him. Margaret Allen is in town researching for her book. Philip vows to seduce Margaret; however, all does not go as planned. Margaret is all things beautiful, intelligent, and kind. I felt Philip’s character had more emotional depth than Margaret’s. However, both the main characters and the secondary ones – especially the townspeople were vivid.
This was primarily a redemption story. There are romantic elements, but they come secondary to this cautionary tale. I was concerned when I first started reading that the plot would get too repetitive. Although you do read the same scenes many times over, there are subtle differences that contribute to the wholeness of the story. Also, and most importantly, the author uses literary, mythological, and mystical elements to propel the story forward. From Shakespeare to ancient myths to African legends, this story kept the needed continuity while having the ability to keep me eagerly turning the page. I thought the pace was even and moved well. Most importantly, I truly felt that Philip changed by the conclusion.
The Redemption Of Philip Thane is the ninth book in the Penhallow Dynasty series. This is my first time reading this series. However, it was easily read as a stand-alone. This book did spark my imagination and curiosity, and I enjoyed the writing style. I am going to read more in this series. Lisa Berne has created a perfect balance between a fantastical tale and an animated adventure into self-discovery and redemption. She has breathed life into a common theme and married it with intelligent, savvy dialogue and cunning unforgettable characters. I was pleasantly surprised by this novel and would recommend it.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: December 28, 2021