Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book Review: Heart Echoes

Want to know a sure-fire way to hook me into a story?  Start it out with a natural disaster.  I can't look away from any natural disaster.  Tornado, hurricane, earthquake...yep, any of them will do.

Heart Echoes starts out with Teal Morgan-Adams driving home from work in downtown LA.  And then a massive earthquake turns her world upside down, and her perfect existence begins to crumble.  Her 15-year-old daughter Maiya sets her heart on finding her biological father, even though she has a fantastic home with her mom and stepdad, River Adams.  Teal had hoped that secret would remain buried forever.  She has never told anyone that tidbit of info--not her family, River or even Maiya's father.  Maiya's prying leads to a mother/daughter trip to Teal's home of Cedar Pointe, Oregon, a place that Teal has managed to avoid for most of her adult life.  Will her already-strained marriage survive the distance and the secrets she'll be forced to face there?

This book was a good read.  Sally John is pretty incredible at capturing the heart of how a woman would feel in such a situation.  I myself have never experience any of these things--an earthquake, a child out of wedlock, a teenager who is acting out because of the void of her biological dad--but I seemed to know just how Teal was feeling throughout the story.  You are on her side from the very beginning, and although she doesn't always make the best choices, you will find yourself wrapped up in the story of how Teal will put everything back together.

Warning: this is book #3 in the Side Road series.  That is a bit of info I did not have when I signed up to review this book.  You might want to start with Ransomed Dreams and Desert Gift before you tackle Heart Echoes.  However, it was a pretty good stand alone book too.  Props to Sally John for making the story fairly contained.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger book review program.

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