My Review: A mesmerizing tale of prodigals.
Faith and Luke are from all outward appearances the perfect couple. But when Luke, a young businessman get's caught up in a messy deal things start to unravel. Faith leaves Luke and goes back home to Carolina, while Luke waits it out in New York City. Heart of the Country is a story about forgiveness and rebuilding relationships in today's rush-rush world.
Heart of the Country is written in a refreshing, first-person, conversational style that makes it feel as if the character in telling you their story face to face. I'm going to be honest, I didn't understand completely why Faith up and left Luke without giving him time to truly explain what was going on. Because I that she left him at the time when he needed her most, when they should have drawn together instead of pulling apart.
The story is told from the first person perpective, by 5 different characters. Which can at times be confusing, if you forget who you're reading about at the moment, but I thought that the unique style was refreshing. Luke and Faith both struggle not only in their relationahip with each other, but also with their families. Faith goes back to her roots to reconnect with her father and sister, after the tragedy that drove them apart, slowly rebuilding those lost relatinships and building friendships with the other characters in the community. My favorite character was Lee, I think there should be a sequel just so he can find someone special ;) He was a man of faith who had a beautiful gift of being able to help his patients not just physically--Lee is a doctor. And I also loved Calvin, Faith's dad, he was a wise man who knew where he was going, and he imparted alot of wisdom before he got there :)
There were times in the story when I doubted that Luke and Faith would get back together because of the lack of interaction between the two of them, and very little time was focused on them rebuilding their realtionship. I questioned alot of their actions when they were separated. And I that they were more than a bit hasty in expecting and being OK if divorce did happen.
Overall, Heart of the Country did have its heart warming moments, and though it wasn't obvious in its Christianity there was the main thread that was a bit like The Prodigal Son and the theme of forgiveness and rebuilding relationships.
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I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, but simply to state my honest opinion. Thanks :)