Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge: A Book Review

Let's pretend I haven't dropped off the face of the blogosphere for the last few weeks, okay?
As I desperately try to play catch-up from the craziness that was September (I simply cannot believe that we are here, in October!) take a look at a lovely fall read - just LOOK at that cover! Lovely, isn't it... keep reading for my review below.

Heart of the Country
By Rene Gutteridge

Faith Carraway has it all, or at least it seems she does. Handsome husband, Luke. More money than she knows what to do with. Social status that runs for miles. Mornings spent at the spa, evenings at all the right parties.
When Luke seeks independence from his father’s firm and invests in a seemingly lucrative hedge fund with the Michov’s, he’s destined for even more success, or at least it seems he is.
But the Michov’s and the hedge fund aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and grumblings of unethical business practice and Ponzi schemes tear Faith and Luke apart.
Fearing the worst, Faith flees to the only place she has left – home. To the farm and the folks she left behind years ago. As Faith struggles to peel back the mask of “successful socialite” and get back to her roots, Luke turns to the only man left to defend him – his Father.
As they both work to restore their relationships with the families they’ve deserted and their marriage that lays in tattered pieces, they must learn to accept the power of grace and the forgiveness that comes with it.

Rene Gutteridge weaves a captivating story of redemption into the pages of Heart of the Country. Looking deeply in to the lives of two people who seem to have it all together on the outside reveals hearts and hurts that are gaping open on the inside.
Watching as Faith and Luke struggle to reconcile their wayward lives to the solid ones of the families they’ve abandoned was a refreshing look at honest human relationship. Told with an easy-to-read narrative, Ms. Gutteridge cuts to deep heart issues without leaning on heavy language. I much enjoyed my journey with Faith and Luke, it was easy to laugh and cry with them and to cheer them on as they fought to find each other again. A heartwarming read that leaves the reader basked in the power of grace and the healing balm of forgiveness.

***With thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. And, to Radiant Lit who made it possible!

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  1. Sounds like a good book!! See you in a few days!!!

  2. Thanks dear! It was an excellent airplane read a while back - I'll have to find another for my next trip - of course, the supply is never ending around here. See you soooon!


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