At first I didn't think I'd like this as each chapter is from a different character but once I got past the first 3 or 4 chapters I was hooked. Faith left her family 10 years before when her mother died. She met Luke and they had a great marriage and business. Then Luke is arrested and Faith leaves New York to return to the family home. Her sister Olivia has taken care of their dad since Faith left. Faith's return causes some family issues. This is a good story of family issues, losing then finding one's way back and most of all faith in God and Jesus.
Heart of the Country is the second book I read by Rene Gutteridge and I really enjoy her books because they are not only entertaining, but the plots have several twists to keep you reading. The characters seemed so life-like and the emotions that the characters had were easily relatable to the emotions that people experience in life. The story is about a married couple: Luke and Faith who live a comfortable life. Luke is a businessman who has an inheritance that he invests in a hedge fund with the Michov Brothers. Faith is a singer who seems to enjoy married life and devotes her time to being Lukes wife. However, life turns upside down for them when the Michov Brothers are rumored to be involved with a Ponzi scheme that also involves Luke. Faith questions her husband and is told that all is ok but then is later arrested by the police causing Faith to feel betrayed. After Lukes arrest, Faith returns to her home and family who she abandoned years ago as Luke reaches out to his own family for help. However, both Faith and Luke have hurt their families from their actions and now that they need them, will they be forgiven and welcomed back? I found this to be a heart-warming story that reminded me of the story of the Prodigal Son in the Bible. I also look forward to other books written by this author.
I wasn't too interested by this book at the beginning. However by the end, I was crying. It was a nice read with some well written characters. I did enjoy the way the author set the scenes with such details to help you truly imagine the places described.
Faith and Luke, a young married couple living the high life, completely fall apart when Luke is arrested on fraud charges. Faith runs home, a place she hasn't been in ten years, and has to face her sister, Olivia, and her father and deal with the death of her mother, Catherine, ten years prior.
Luke, the younger son, felt he has always been looked down upon by his older brother and father. He left the family business but when he was arrested on fraud charges, he has to come crawling back to his family asking for forgiveness.
This story is an interesting take on the story of the Prodigal Son and the forgiveness necessary to restore families and lives. Make sure to have tissues handy as several times, I had to wipe tears from my eyes.
Each chapter was written from the perspective of either Faith, Luke, Olivia, or Catherine. Although this style can be confusing, the authors have done an excellent job of bringing you into the story and emotionally connecting you with each of the characters right away.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and would highly recommend this book to others.