Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review: Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge

This book is a novelization of the feature film Heart of the Country.  It's a very good Christian fiction story that deals with love and marriage, faith and loss, friendship and family, betrayal and forgiveness.  The overarching theme follows the story of the prodigal son, and the way we often run from those we love, make mistakes and return home.  It explores the story from the perspective of 5 or so different characters, so you get an all-around understanding of how one person's actions affect another person's life.  It's easy to get lost in the story, because it's very well-written.  I also enjoyed reading the interviews between the author and the movie director at the end of the book.

From the back of the book: 
"Faith and Luke Carraday have it all. After taking his inheritance from his father’s stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, Luke is on the fast track as a rising young executive. And Faith, a beautiful singer turned socialite, is settling comfortably into her role as his wife.  When rumors of the Michovs’ involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, she turns to Luke for confirmation, and he assures her that all is well. But when Luke is arrested, Faith can’t understand why he would lie to her, and she takes off for the farm and the family she turned her back on years ago. Meanwhile, Luke is forced to ask his own family for help as he desperately tries to untangle himself from his mistakes. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned and hope to be met with open arms? Will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere to run but home?"

I would recommend this book to female readers age 16+.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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