Jen Stephens is has a wonderful gift for bringing you into the world about which she is writing. You can almost hear the sounds, smell the different odors and see the many places she describes not to mention sharing the feelings of each character. You will not be disappointed in this wonderfully written book. "The Heart's Journey Home" will keep you intrigued with each word. Please give yourself the chance to experience the beautiful work of Jen Stephens.
"The Heart's Journey Home" is Jen's debut novel, and hopefully not her last!! It is a novel showing God's grace and how He works in the lives of the faithful. If we are patient and wait on the Lord's timing, He will renew our strength and give us the desires of our heart. Kate's great-grandpa reminds me of my granddaddy! So wise and loving! A strong man of God, he lovingly guides Kate to rediscover her faith. She struggles, as do a lot of us, with why a loving God would take her husband and her little girls daddy. I really love how Jen developed her characters. I felt like I knew each one of them! She tells the story in such a way that I could imagine myself there in Harvest Bay, Ohio! This is a wonderful Christian romance that I hope everyone will take the time to read. You won't be sorry!
There was so much I loved about this book I'm not sure where to begin. It's a beautifully told story about second chances. Jen Stephens creates relatable characters with real life struggles. The story had so many levels too; healing from loss, returning to your roots, finding love again -- but the heart of the story was in rediscovering Faith. Along with being such a great story, The Heart's Journey Home has tremendous cultural relevance. There's something for everyone, but as a thirty-something y/o woman, I understood the characters' phase in life, balancing kids and career. While I recommend this book for everyone, I think single parents would find it exceptionally interesting -- not just for its entertainment value, but for the hopeful message and it's realistic portrayal of life as a single Christian parent. And I wouldn't do the book justice if I didn't mention that it's beautifully romantic as well.
I was absolutely hooked on page one! Jen Stephens' debut novel is a heart-warming story of starting over and new beginnings. Kate, Maddie, Nathan, Adam, and the others all became like family to me on these pages, and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Kate's story proves that life doesn't always turn out the way we expect, but even in the darkest of times, God has a plan and a purpose for us. And oh yeah, second chances at love! I'm looking forward to many more visits to Harvest Bay!
Stephens has a gift for bringing her characters inner conflicts to life and tug at your heartstrings. She has captured and immersed me in the world she creates centering in the small town called Harvest Bay. This is an inspirational romance that is filled with hope, faith, healing, and second chances. I would welcome opportunities to read more from this author. You will not be disappointed!