Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Review: Heart Echoes

Heart Echoes by Sally John
Side Roads series
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc – February 17, 2012
Source: The publisher, for review
Rating: Compelling, heart-wrenching and inspiring.

Click here to read what this book is about.

Teal Morgan-Adams is married to River Adams and she has a fifteen year old daughter, Maiya.  They have lived in Los Angeles long enough to be used to earthquakes and crazy traffic. But there’s something different about this one, it throws everyone through a loop; causing them to question and to seek. It heightens Maiya’s desire to know her biological father, and strengthens Teal’s attempt to keep her secrets. Teal turns to the people and the place that she has run from for the past nine years. Teal’s heart echoes with the pain of her past, the lies she was told and the secrets that she’s held. But, in the end she discovers what it means to share the truth and in so doing finds a new definition of family.
It doesn’t happen often that a book compels me to read late into the night or to pick it up first thing in the morning. Or at least it hasn’t happened recently. But this one did. I like romances, not the kind that based in wishful-thinking-land. While, I wouldn’t say that this is purely a romance, I enjoyed that aspect of it, mainly because the characters were so flawed. Not in an over-the-top way, but in a way that makes them human –makes them real.  I could say that this story is about family, it’s really about fathers and the roles that they play in our life. Fathers impact us whether they are present and abusive, absent and abandoning, absent and unknowing or present and loving. Heart Echoes shows examples of each in a way that is subtle as well as gentle, harsh and abrasive as well as flawed, true as well as tangibly real.
I enjoyed the dynamics of the characters. They were so well written that they jumped off the page. I felt like a fly on the wall. This was beautiful as well as heartbreaking.

Recommendation: I recommend this title for anyone who enjoys a good story, who enjoys flawed and alive characters. I will be looking to read more by this author.
What’s next: I looked at the website and didn’t see anything mentioning any upcoming books.

A copy of this novel was given to me free in exchange for my honest opinion. 
Always Shine,
Starr K

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