How have I not known about Sally John before now? I absolutely loved this book and the way it was written. I usually don't enjoy when the narrator changes throughout the book but this one was so well done that there was no confusion while reading. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Not knowing your parent might throw you a curve ball, whether you never knew them (as in adoption or as this story says it) or whether they abandoned you. But we can not change the past, we can only change our reaction or attitude to it. And our memories of the past may or may not be what actually happened, as Teal finds out in The Hear Echoes. Memories are, after all, our rendition of what has happened, and are shaped by our own thoughts, emotions and history.
This is a well written novel about relationships with our siblings, parents and close loved ones. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good romance, but also one that causes us to look into our own lives and learn from it.
Teal Morgan is an amazing women. After escaping an abusive home life and becoming pregnant after a one night stand, she earns her law degree, becomes a partner at a family law firm in L.A., marries a wonderful man who becomes the father her daughter never had, and creates a new life for herself in southern California. When her life is disrupted by a 6.8 earthquake, Teal's daughter begins asking questions about her birth father and about her mother's rocky past. Unable to answer the questions, Teal finds her life just as shattered as the earthquake marred cityscape.
Unfortunately, this book never really pulled me in. I felt like the story lacked depth in parts. The themes of unconditional love, forgiveness, and abandonment fill the book while failing to permeate it. I can't exactly put my finger on what element is to blame in this story. My best guess would be the writing style and character development.
It's clean. It's Christian. While avoiding breaking new ground, the story is still entertaining. The book includes discussion questions. How picky do you want to be?
This is book number three in the Side Roads series by Sally John. They have all been great books and I appreciate that they are all stand-alone titles, but still have the same feel and style to them.
We begin with a massive, life changing earthquake, and Teal Morgan-Adams will never be the same. She is a woman with a huge heart, a passion for life, and a big secret. For 17 years she has never discussed her daughter Maiya's dad. With anyone. EVER. Estranged from her family in Oregon, she lives in LA with her husband River and Maiya. And although River is the awesomest stepdad ever, Maiya begins to act out and wants to know the truth about her heritage. This begins their journey (literally and figuratively) to forgiveness and healing, and what a path it is!
River, by the way, is one of the most understanding men I have ever seen. Just saying. :)