Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Book Review: Sally John's Heart Echoes

  In the aftermath of a massive Los Angeles earthquake, the perfect existence Teal Morgan-Adams has built begins to crumble. Teal’s daughter, Maiya, is determined to learn the identity of her biological father, despite the loving devotion of her stepdad, River Adams. But that’s a secret Teal hoped would remain buried forever. She has never shared the truth with anyone . . . not her family, not River, not even Maiya’s father. 
  As Maiya’s rebellion escalates, Teal receives tragic news from her sister and decides to take Maiya home to Cedar Pointe, Oregon, a place she’s avoided most of her adult life. But will her already-strained marriage survive the distance and the secrets she’ll be forced to face there? And can Teal erase the lies that echo in her heart?
  These types of books aren't terrible, but they are never great either. For some reason Christian characters seem really different than normal people to me. The lead character usually is the one helping all the bad people, or they've done things that are bad, but those things are way in their past. In real life we don't have bad things way in our past. Even though this isn't my favorite type of fiction, I still prefer it over non-fiction.
  The lead character, Teal, has her world uprooted after an earthquake, and discovering her fifteen year old daughter is sneaking to meet a nineteen year old boy. This older boy also has had trouble with the law. It's almost expected from the beginning that these two teens won't ever be allowed together considering the drastic age difference. I hated the predictability.  Thankfully, most of this book did revolve around a mother-daughter relationship, because that is what kept it interesting.
  The daughter goes from being rebellious with a boy who she insists she did nothing physical with to upsetting her mom by wanting to find her dad. First off, if you are sneaky enough to go sneaking off with a boy chances are you're sneaking to other private bits too. That's just usually how people work. The fact the daughter was still perceived as being "perfect" was a little of a stretch to me. Her rebelliousness was interesting though. Another strained part to me was the marriage between River, and Teal. It was way too sappy. The way the author described the man looking at his wife was very oddly worded too. For example she says his eyes feasted on her feminine curves. I don't think a guy necessarily processes that much. It's mainly look, and react. It's not a bad thing. Just how man are more likely to react upon being attracted to women.
  This isn't a bad book, and there are some moments that keep you reading. I wouldn't normally grab this book off the shelf if I came across it though. You can check out the book at Amazon.

This book was provided by Tyndale in exchange for a review. 

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