Teal has a long-kept secret. The people closest to her know she's keeping this secret, but they're okay with that. Until a California earthquake reveals her teenage daughter's secret. Suddenly Teal's secret begs to be told, leaving Teal desperate to keep the truth from being revealed.
I could hardly put this book down!
A conversation between Teal and her half-sister, Lacey, seemed especially profound to me. During this conversation, Lacey told Teal to:
"Just act like God adores you, no matter how awful you think you are, and after a while, it will become your first thought every day. It will be what echoes in your heart instead of those lies from the hurts." (p. 238)
"There's so much more to this relationship with the holy Father. I mean, God is absolutely crazy about us. He can't stop thinking about us. He's always watching over us, waiting for us to notice Him so He can show us what new gift He's got in His hand." (p. 239)
I love that!
"Heart Echoes" helps readers understand they don't have to prove their worth to God because He already loves and accepts them. It also shows that they don't have to prove their worth to others because we're all messed up in some way. God offers grace and teaches us to pass it on freely to the people He's placed in our lives.
I'm happy to recommend this book to you and thank Tyndale House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for my honest review.
After a massive earthquake in California Teal Morgan Adams begins to rethink her life's decisions. Her fifteen-year-old daughter, Maiya, is more determined than ever to learn who her biological father is. She adores River, her step dad. But still has the desire to learn her father's identity. Teal has never told anyone who Maiya's father is. Not even the father.
Teal decides to travel back to her hometown of Cedar Pointe, Oregon after Maiya gets suspended from school. She hasn't been back there for nine years. River doesn't want her to go and Maiya is dead set against the idea of going to "Camp Poppycock" Oregon. Teal can't be talked out of going.
Teal is forced to face her demons at Cedar Pointe. Teal has to come to terms with her past before she can successfully move forward. Sally John deals with teen rebellion, family disagreements, single motherhood, and grief for lost loved ones.
This is not the type of book I usually read. But I did find it a very good book.
I was given this book by Tyndale Publishing for an honest review.
This book grabbed my attention from the first pages. Tragedy hits through an earthquake. You can't find your family and you witness something horrific before you. Sally John is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. This is the third book I have read from her and I LOVED it! The first book I read by Sally John was entitled, Ransomed Dreams, and the second, Desert Gift. I quickly knew this was an author I was going to love. This is the third installment in this series. You do not have to read this series in order. What I love is the powerful impact all three books make. In each she touches on a different subject. One that has reached us all in some form.
We have a family that is going through some difficult times. Teal, River and Maiya make up this family. I love how Sally John uses an earthquake and after shocks to perfectly capture the shaking foundation of this family. On the surface all seems fine, but all it takes is one moment to change everything. One earthquake can cause major damage, but the aftershocks are just as frightening. What happens after an earthquake? You rebuild and that is what Sally John has captured here in this beautifully written novel.
The characters were so real and I could relate to each of them on some level. John shows us that after the earthquake we can always find grace in God's comfort. Even during the earthquake He is still here unmoving and present in all around us. Even on shaky ground, He is in control. He's in control even when you have a teenager who is rebelling. This is a book about marriage, raising children, facing your past and letting go so you can move forward. Some how we all rebel against something. It's in facing those fears that we find the strength we need to move forward. Sally poignantly pens a story that is rich in truth of today's world. Touching on issues that we all face.
Sally John takes us on a journey of faith, hope and love through a family we can all relate to. This is surely one you will enjoy too. I love walking away from reading a book that not only took me to a new place, but one that I enjoyed and learned from as well.
This book was a gift from Tyndale for it's review.
The third book in the Side Road Series, Heart Echoes is a book that can speak to every person. I haven't read anything by Sally John before, nor have I read the first 2 books in this series. With that said, I had no difficulty figuring out who was who and what was going on. This is a book that didn't disappoint and was a great read from cover to cover.
Who knew an earthquake could change so much in the lives of three people. Teal is a mother to Maiya and the wife to River. Maiya is a daughter who just wants to know who her biological father is. Did I mention that she's a bit rebellious at the moment? However, if Maiya finds out who her biological father is, it could upset Teal's life even more. No one, and I do mean no one, knows who he is except for Teal. Not even her husband knows.
Will Maiya find her biological father or will she decide that having a loving step dad is enough? Will Teal be honest with her husband in order to build a stronger marriage? Can River ever get through all of the trauma he has faced in his past?
I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
Several years ago I was introduced to Sally John's books, and I have been a fan ever since! Sally's characters are easy to identify with, her storylines very believable. It is easy to get caught up in her books. Never "preachy", the characters deal with contemporary relationship issues, and through their faith, are able to come to terms with and resolve their issues.
I was one of the lucky readers fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of Heart Echoes, and once again, Sally John has written a winner! In her newest book we meet Teal, River and Maiya. As the book opens Teal is caught in traffic at the precise moment an earthquake occurs. While witnessing the devastation around her, Teal's immediate concerns are for her family. Teal's husband, River, is injured at home when the earthquake strikes. Like Teal, River's first thoughts are for the safety of his family. Meanwhile Maiya, Teal's daughter, is not where she is supposed to be. From here the reader gradually learns more of the individual characters pasts, which play a significant role in how each person deals with their present situation. Teal has tried to bury her past, particularly the circumstances leading to Maiya's birth. River continues to deal with the tragic loss of his first wife and unborn son. And Maiya desperately wants to learn who her biological father is.
Heart Echoes deals with family relationships between parents, parents and child, teenage rebellion, and the effects of past decisions on present day life. Teal and River learn more about their personal relationship when Teal takes Maiya to Cedar Pointe, Oregon, where Teal grew up. It is in Cedar Pointe where Teal finally comes to terms with accepting her past and reconciling it with her present and future.
I loved the book, Heart Echoes, and highly recommend it both to new readers and current fans. Kudos to Sally John for writing another winning story!