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Thursday43 Stars Out Of 5A Cross the Border Romance + Desert Car ChaseJune 9, 2013Thursday4Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Summary: A farmhand on an organic farm finds an illegal immigrant while out riding fences. Instead of turning her over to border control, he takes her home, cleans her up, takes off the handcuff on her wrist, gets her medical help, and finds himself in way over his head after he realizes that she is being followed by assassins. Torn between his desire to help and his painful past, J.D. makes the first steps forward to reclaiming himself and his future.
Honestly, I preferred Fabry's Not In the Heart to this novel. While the two share some of the same themes (redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice), this novel fell short when it came to pacing. About half way through the book, through multiple separations, shootings, and changes in location, I was beginning to lose track of what happened where and who was the bad guy. The entire novel is one long car chase. Hopefully later editions will include a map of Arizona in the front cover. Otherwise, major portions felt confusing.
There was a lot of violence. Characters drugged, shot, hit by cars, beheaded, stabbed. I can think of six important characters who died throughout the plot right off the top of my head, not to mention any incidental deaths. While contextually it made sense, and none of the descriptions were gratuitous, if you don't care for that sort of thing, don't bother reading this book.
Finally, for me the confusing settings and high violence obscured some of the character growth in the story. I could sit down and read it again to try and catch the details, but there isn't quite enough plot content for that. So instead I'll give this three stars for good idea, decent execution, and honest motives, and see what Fabry writes next.
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very goodMay 30, 2013Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5JD is running from his past and ends up working on an organic farm in Arizona. He finds a Mexican woman near death one morning, and instead of calling the Border Patrol, he takes care of her. Soon he realizes she is in a lot of trouble, which he is now involved in.
The book was fast paced and the story took place in 4 days (except for an epilogue months later). There were a few twists and it was somewhat predictable at the end but I enjoyed it.
Jen JoAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5January 31, 2013Jen JoAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Chris Fabry is a dependable author. Everything I have read of his has been good!
KenzieBTulsa, OKAge: Under 18Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Hard to FollowNovember 17, 2012KenzieBTulsa, OKAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2"Sometimes you have to get close to death to know what living's all about."
This is the first book that I have read by Chris Fabry. From the start I saw that he was a masterful storyteller. His writing style was like a thing from the past . . . hauntingly beautiful.
I immediately connected with J.D. Jessup, a grieving song-writer who ran away from his life in Tennessee. He searches high and low for relief from his pain and guilt, but he was always looking in the wrong places. Maria, the woman protagonist of the story, was a little hard to like. Constantly I found myself not trusting her and second-guessing her motives.
"Use the computer to track her. I expect this to be done by morning.
Call me, no matter what time of night." He threw a burlap sack at them.
The youngest picked it up. "What's this for?"
"Her head, of course."
The plot was dangerous, full of evil, revenge, desperation, and fear. But it was extremely hard to follow. It was clear that J.D. and Maria were running from their viscous villain but what was the villain's reason for chasing them? Because of this and many other things, I lost track of what was happening in the story, which caused me to put it down for long periods of time.
The story did not dig deep into emotions, leaving you with facts, facts . . . and more facts. Even though Fabry has a way with words, he was extremely lacking in emotion in this book. I wanted to know Maria's motives, what made J.D. tick.
The only reason I continued reading this book was because I had to write this review. The ending was predictable, although it was sweet.
This book was not for me, but I recommend it to anyone who likes daring heroes, deathly villains, and a Texas/Mexico setting.
"Every heart has a turning point. And once you get there,
once you cross the line, you can't go back."
I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale House's book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exciting, well-written story!November 6, 2012JennaCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Borders of the Heart was an incredibly well-written novel. I love Chris Fabry's use of words in his descriptions. He makes the scene come alive for readers, making one think you are seeing, touching, and experiencing the moment with the character. One example of his great descriptions is found on the first page:
"Sweating in the stillness, lying on top of the old quilt given to him by Slocum's wife, and straining to feel any air movement from the clacking metal fan he had found in the barn, he felt beads of perspiration run past his mouth and onto the dusty pillow."
This novel grabbed me from the first page and didn't let me go until I read the last word. The plot had several twists and turns, but it is the characters that drive the story. Both J.D. and Maria have inner demons they have to deal with, making them very real, very compelling characters to follow.
All in all, a great read!
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.