JD 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.
"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.
Borders 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.
Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry is a fast moving novel of intrigue and mystery from start to finish.
I really liked how Mr. Fabry created the story around a WWOOFer (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms - people who travel around working on different farms in exchange for food and lodging) working on an organic farm in Arizona. Though much of the story took place off the farm.
It really made me feel uncomfortable reading the stark realities of the racism illegals and immigrants faced through J.D.'s. I understand somewhat where it stems from yet at the same time they are human beings too.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the story kept me riveted to its pages as I tried to read faster to figure out what mystery surrounding Maria's story, not to mention J.D.'s and how all the drama of their few days together would turn out.
The book is divided into Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and December. Those four days seemed like an eternity and I was in awe of all that happened to J.D. and Maria in the span of one day, let alone four.
This is a great book for mom or day or even older children. Two thumbs up from me!
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