I picked up Mulberry Park by Judy Duarte and since I've never read her books before, I started out not knowing to expect. Soon I was in to the story. She does a great job with emotional intensity and she writes well. The way she weaves God into the lives of her characters, their questions about Him and how they relate to Him, it was very real and touching.
Then came the changing, where the characters begin to believe that God might be real after all, that He might care about them.
My expectations that had been steadily rising poofed into nothing.
Why? Because I like Jesus in my Christianity. And He wasn't in that book.
It was amazing how I'd zipped through, then when these people convert and there's no mention of Jesus (the main guy of Christianity), suddenly I didn't want to finish. The book is published by Kensington, an ABA publisher. I didn't realize this until later. If I'd known it ahead of time, then I woudn't have expected what I did.
Have you ever been really into a book, and then something subjective happens, and you're out?