5 Stars Out Of 5
A Journey Worth Taking
April 22, 2012
Suburban Detroit, MI
The beauty of The Hearts Lullaby comes in one powerful, overriding message: discover your roots, and embrace your wings. In this second installment of the Harvest Bay series, Jen Stephens crafts a moving journey of discovery, redemption and faith-affirming love.
Former military medic who served in Iraq, Amy Beauregard arrives in Harvest Bay, Ohio spiritually wounded, bitter, and pregnant as the result of a horrific episode of rape. Accompanying her is her deaf son, Dominick, the product of a college-aged spring-fling in Daytona Beach, Florida with Elijah Truman, who is now married to Elizabethâ€”a woman desperate to become a mother.
Miracles tie connective strings through the course of this novelâ€”none of the least of which is the way Elizabeth and Amy turn initial hostility into understanding. Another wonderful aspect of the novel is the way Owen Sullivan draws Amy into his life, and into the small-town community that is Harvest Bay. In return for a place to stay, Owen's family gives Amy charge over an injured horse who, in many ways, reflects the struggles, and hope, of Amy herself. Meanwhile, Elizabeth maintains a quest to give Elijah the child for which they both dreamâ€”a quest that leads her into questionable decisions that will test her faith, and her marriage. Through it all, it seems Amy holds the key to a number of miracles that are set to take place in Harvest Bayâ€”though always in a manner that is unexpected and thought provoking.
Spiritual mentoring, tender patience with the healing process, commitment in love and marriage, and the sacredness of life, all paint vivid brushstrokes along the storyline of The Heart's Lullaby. After reading this story I look forward to reading The Heart's Journey Home.