Tracie Peterson has always been one of those authors that I can always rely on for a good read. Through the years, I have particularly enjoyed her contemporary fiction simply because she always weaves a good tale. I remember the last book I read of hers (The Long Awaited Child) was devoured in a day.
I hate to say that I did not completely enjoy this book. I could tell after the first few chapters that the story would be a little redundant, and Kathy would have a very difficult time forgiving Amy's mistakes. It's not that Kathy should have forgiven Amy with no questions asked, but the topic just kept coming up over and over again. I also didn't like some sections of the book where some of their conversations seemed full of pat responses to one another.
Another subject that seemed to come up over and over again was the death of their mother shortly after Amy left home. Kathy, as well as a few members in their small community, blamed Amy for breaking her mother's heart when she demanded her inheritance and flew the coop. Now, I understand that the death of a parent is difficult, but geez, it seemed that everyone couldn't keep from piling a huge load of guilt on Amy because of it.
I hope Where My Heart Belongs was just one of those flukes that some authors seem to have at least one of. Thankfully, this one book is not enough to keep me from reading any more of Tracie's books in the future.
Ugh...I'll admit this is the first book by Peterson that I've read, but wow, it really drug on and on. She made the same points over and over and took forever to get to the climax of the story. I only kept reading it because I can't leave books unfinished. If you like a well written novel, this will disappoint.
Amy Halbert disowned her family 12 years ago, but now her father is dying, and she has committed her life to God and wants to make things right at home. But her sister, Kathy, is not ready to forgive Amy, and together they must find their way back to reconciliation.
This is an interesting twist on the parable of the prodigal son only in this case it's a prodigal sister. Both the prodigal sister's story & feelings as well as the good sister's story & feelings are shared & then we watch as they struggle to reconcile their relationship.