Heart Echoes, Side Roads Series #3   -     By: Sally John
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Tyndale House / 2012 / Paperback

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In the aftermath of a massive Los Angeles earthquake, the perfect existence Teal Morgan-Adams has built begins to crumble. Teal's daughter, Maiya, is determined to learn the identity of her biological father, despite the loving devotion of her stepdad, River Adams. But that's a secret Teal hoped would remain buried forever. She has never shared the truth with anyone . . . not her family, not River, not even Maiya's father.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414327870
ISBN-13: 9781414327877
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Series: Side Roads

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2013 Carol Award winner for Contemporary Fiction from ACFW!
In the aftermath of a massive Los Angeles earthquake, the perfect existence Teal Morgan-Adams has built begins to crumble. Teal’s daughter, Maiya, is determined to learn the identity of her biological father, despite the loving devotion of her stepdad, River Adams. But that’s a secret Teal hoped would remain buried forever. She has never shared the truth with anyone . . . not her family, not River, not even Maiya’s father.

As Maiya’s rebellion escalates, Teal receives tragic news from her sister and decides to take Maiya home to Cedar Pointe, Oregon, a place she’s avoided most of her adult life. But will her already-strained marriage survive the distance and the secrets she’ll be forced to face there? And can Teal erase the lies that echo in her heart?

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The crises and human emotions contained in Sally John's book Heart Echoes resound within the soul. Some of the struggles her characters deal with are cancer, the death of a loved one, broken homes, and an out of wedlock pregnancy. Her main character, Teal Morgan-Adams is a confident lawyer, mother, and wife, until an earthquake shakes up her life and almost destroys her family.

Teal's struggle with workaholism has created a void between her daughter Maiya and herself. Almost 17, Maiya is rebellious, sassy, and everything Teal was at her age. When Maiya begins to question who her biological father is, Teal knows she's going to have to give an answer eventually. But with her husband dealing with his own problems, Teal questions whether or not it would do more harm than good to reveal the name of the man she had a one night fling with.

While there are topics such as unmarried pregnancy and divorce in Heart Echoes, there is nothing that should concern adult Christians. Teal and her family look at these struggles through a Christian perspective. In the end, too, Teal gives over her worries to God and trusts that God will be faithful (Matthew 21:22).

Sally John writes in a way that readers can connect on a personal level with her characters. The same plot in a less-talented author's hands might have turned out overly dramatic and cheesy, but John has crafted her story very well. The constant mother-daughter struggle, healing sister relationship, and love between Teal and her husband River, are relationships that are depicted realistically, poignantly, and powerfully.

Heart Echoes is good reading for anyone who has ever struggled with family problems and the difficulties life brings. While it is targeted mainly for Christian women readers, anyone who enjoys quality inspirational fiction will love this book. - Katelyn S. Irons, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a novel with HEART
    August 1, 2012
    Marianne
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is truly a story of the heart...and heart echoes. Altough Tyndale catagorizes this novel as contemporary fiction, which it really is, it is so much more. It will transend the ages, because it deals with issues that face each generation, each age and era. The truth will make you free is not just a cliché, it is a fundamental truth. Forgiveness is necessary for the victim to face a life of meaning. These are just a few of the things that The Heart Echoes deals with and brings to the forefront in this captivating novel. No, I have not dealt with the exact themes that are portrayed here, but who has not dreamt of a life that would be better if only someone had not done that, or if they would only notice me. But often reality is that life might have been worse if I had gotten what I wished for.

    Not knowing your parent might throw you a curve ball, whether you never knew them (as in adoption or as this story says it) or whether they abandoned you. But we can not change the past, we can only change our reaction or attitude to it. And our memories of the past may or may not be what actually happened, as Teal finds out in The Hear Echoes. Memories are, after all, our rendition of what has happened, and are shaped by our own thoughts, emotions and history.

    This is a well written novel about relationships with our siblings, parents and close loved ones. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good romance, but also one that causes us to look into our own lives and learn from it.

    This book is available where fine books are sold.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Christian Women's Novel
    July 23, 2012
    Thursday4
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Teal Morgan is an amazing women. After escaping an abusive home life and becoming pregnant after a one night stand, she earns her law degree, becomes a partner at a family law firm in L.A., marries a wonderful man who becomes the father her daughter never had, and creates a new life for herself in southern California. When her life is disrupted by a 6.8 earthquake, Teal's daughter begins asking questions about her birth father and about her mother's rocky past. Unable to answer the questions, Teal finds her life just as shattered as the earthquake marred cityscape.

    Unfortunately, this book never really pulled me in. I felt like the story lacked depth in parts. The themes of unconditional love, forgiveness, and abandonment fill the book while failing to permeate it. I can't exactly put my finger on what element is to blame in this story. My best guess would be the writing style and character development.

    It's clean. It's Christian. While avoiding breaking new ground, the story is still entertaining. The book includes discussion questions. How picky do you want to be?
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 11, 2012
    jglass
    this was a compelling story of peoples lives turned upside down by a terrible earthquake. Some want secrets kept,some want secrets revealed. For sure things will never be the same.
  4. Bay Area, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this book!
    June 16, 2012
    Kristen Willis
    Bay Area, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is book number three in the Side Roads series by Sally John. They have all been great books and I appreciate that they are all stand-alone titles, but still have the same feel and style to them.

    We begin with a massive, life changing earthquake, and Teal Morgan-Adams will never be the same. She is a woman with a huge heart, a passion for life, and a big secret. For 17 years she has never discussed her daughter Maiya's dad. With anyone. EVER. Estranged from her family in Oregon, she lives in LA with her husband River and Maiya. And although River is the awesomest stepdad ever, Maiya begins to act out and wants to know the truth about her heritage. This begins their journey (literally and figuratively) to forgiveness and healing, and what a path it is!

    River, by the way, is one of the most understanding men I have ever seen. Just saying. :)
  5. Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly Recommended - Unputadownable
    June 15, 2012
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is said that no life is perfect , it may seem it but it can take only the slightest activity to occur and the cracks can slowly start to be seen. Some though are stronger than others and it takes a huge tragedy to occur before their lives start to break down around them.

    In Heart Echoes , tragedy strikes in the form of an earthquake as Teal hangs in for her life , she starts to think about her past and her present with her new husband River and daughter Maiya.

    All she can think is about being home safe with them , but when she arrives home. Life is about to get crazy as Teal learns that her fifteen year old daughter has been lying to them and going behind their back to date ex-con Jake whose Nineteen. On top of that Maiya has been asking Teal questions about her biological dad . Though Teal has a dark secret of her own , she has never ever told anybody - not even her family who Maiya's dad is and the other is that Maiya's dad doesn't even know she exists , he didn't even know that Teal was pregnant. On an impulse, Teal finds herself back in her hometown of Cedar Pointe where her Mum, Stepfather and half-sister Lacey and her husband Will live. What will happen though, when Maiya's dad ends up in Cedar Pointe - will her family and Maiya put two and two together and as she deals with this, is she pushing River further away from herself and will she lose him too ?

    Find out in this new exciting book by Sally John, one that will have you engrossed from the very first page.
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