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Sunday, August 15, 2010

My review of The Heart's Journey Home by Jen Stephens

The Heart's Journey Home (Harvest Bay)

About the book:

Three years after the unexpected death of Kate Sterling's husband, she moves back to Harvest Bay, Ohio, with her young daughter. She soon discovers that things have changed in the sleepy little community she grew up in. When she suffers another devastating loss, she finally understands that the One who loves and cares for her has given her a second chance at love. But is God leading her to a love linked to the past... or to one who will walk with her into the future?

My review:

The Heart's Journey Home was an exceptional debut novel by a fantastic new author. This story was complex and deeply romantic, but also spiritual and incredibly edifying. I learned a lot about the characters, about myself, and also about forgiveness, healing, and following God's voice from this story.

Sometimes God leads us places and though we don't realize the full impact of His reasoning until He reveals it to us, if we are sensitive to God's leading He will give us more than we hoped for or imagined. This story showed how each Christian needs to realize that what we think is best may not be what He thinks is best, so we have to know His voice in order to be fully in God's will. I loved how this book illustrated all of those things, and so much more.

The characters in this novel were all complex and three dimensional. I loved how the author showed how strong love is and how it doesn't have to be mutually exclusive, or limited to one person. She also allowed her characters to feel many different things and to seek God's will in the process. I loved how much of a tender and emotional journey this book was for me. I loved how detailed and intricately complex the heart was portrayed to be.

The title for this book was perfect because it did show the heart's journey home and the healing that took place in all of the characters' lives as they were transformed by God's love. I adored this book. It made think. It made me smile. It made me sigh. That's a great novel. I am now a devoted fan of Ms. Stephen's work. This novel is making my best fiction of 2010 list!
The Heart's Journey Home was published by Sheaf House and released in Feb 2010.


Jen Riffle said...

Oh, my, goodness, Michelle! I'm speechless! Really. I don't even know what to say except just thank you so very, very much for such a wonderful review! My cup is running over!

Janet Thompson said...

Great review Michelle! You always have such a way with words! I agree with you, Jen is an awesome writer and I can't wait to read the sequel to this one!

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