Borders of the Heart is a quick paced mystery involving the Border patrol, drug smuggling and the Mexican cartel, and a man with a huge fence around his own heart. There were lots of murders, blood, and running - running from the law, vigilantes, and hit killers. It was a page turning thriller that I couldn't put down. And I love the endings of Chris Fabry's books - you never know what to expect!
Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry is a fascinating adventure/mystery involving a country music star whose wife has died of a brain growth, leaving him brokenhearted with his little boy. Too grief stricken to cope with the child or compose and play music, J. D. fled west to a town in Arizona near the border of Mexico. On a routine ride checking his boss' property, he found unconscious a Mexican woman with scratched legs covered with stickers, a coyote approaching, and a diamondback heading toward her feet ready to strike. After he'd kicked the snake away, he gave the woman water and then against the orders of his boss, refused to report her to the Border Patrol. Saving her first from dying in the desert and then from a series of vicious attacks kept J.D. totally occupied. It had him "borrowing" his boss' truck, fleeing but always followed. Why was she being attacked? Why couldn't they shake their attackers? Was there something that enabled the thugs to track them? With the help of the pastor Maria knew, J.D. realized his own view of life had been blown apart by his wife's death and helping Maria, facing real evil, would take a lot of faith. But why were good people who helped them killed? Why were attacks against Maria coming from Americans he knew as well as from drug lord Muerte? Why couldn't Maria's family help her? What disaster was Muerte planning? How could Maria and J.D. stop him? This was a real page turner. I couldn't stop reading until I finished the book.
Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry was an engaging read to say the least. I love Chris Fabry's books, kid and adult alike, so I came in to this story with some pretty high expectations and let me tell you, Borders of the Heart did not disappoint me one bit. I loved the characters he created and the story was an amazing mix of thrill and romance. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest this book to anyone.
Borders of the Heart takes place in Arizona. J.D., a hired farm hand is a tortured soul with a past he wants to forget, was doing his chores when he finds a nearly dead Mexican woman laying in the desert. Though he has been ordered to call the police if he sees any illegal immigrants by his boss, he doesn't have the heart to do so when he sees that the injured woman, Maria, is still alive. Instead of turning her in to the border police, he smuggles her into his room and helps treat her injuries with the help of some good Samaritans. However, Maria has secrets and is running from a drug cartel member, Gabriel who will stop at nothing to kill her and anyone who gets in his way. Despite the danger that helping Maria puts J.D. in, he refuses to abandon her and as he helps her find safety, he learns of Gabriel's evil assassination plan. As the body count gets higher and Gabriel comes closer to finding Maria, J.D. has a choice to make: do the right thing and stop the assassination or play it safe and survive as he prefers and lose Maria to Gabriel. Though I normally do not read this genre, I found this book to be full of thrill and mystery. Both Maria and J.D. have troubling pasts and secrets which are not fully revealed until the end of the book. Plus, I really liked how the author entwined Biblical truths about true love, conquering fear, and true life in the story. This is the first book that I have read by Chris Fabry and after reading Border of the Heart, I am curious to read another of his books.
Much like another book I've read that deals with the U.S. immigration policy, Borders of the Heart is a challenging story. Current immigration policy and relations between the U.S. and Mexico are heavy topics. I'm not sure what the right approach is but definitely know what is in place now isn't working. I can't imagine living closer or knowing any Border Control agents, they are in constant danger and should be in our prayers! Borders of the Heart is a good book but also it is good to see how God can take one hard-hearted (but sympathetic) man and make him a new creation in Christ.