Long Way Gone

Martin, Charles. Long Way Gone. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Musician and songwriter Cooper O’ Connor heads to Nashville at the age of eighteen counting on his musical ability. When tragedy strikes, Cooper returns home to Colorado to sort things out with his father, whom he left years ago. Realizing he must face his past, find his faith and hope for grace, Long Way Gone tells the Prodigal Son story in an emotional, unconventional manner. With strong characters, depth of heart and piercing emotions, author Charles Martin weaves a story of wisdom, mercy and unconditional love…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With a writing style that draws emotions to the surface and wreaks havoc on the heart, Charles Martin is skilled beyond words. With a deepness that continues throughout the story, it doesn’t let go. Not having read a novel from this author before Long Way Gone, I really had no idea what to expect, although, once in the story, I soon found myself profoundly absorbed. Liking his style, I absolutely plan on reading more of his works while hoping for a new novel. Fair warning…have the tissue ready.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Long Way Gone from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

Heart of the Country

Rene Gutteridge and Ward, John. Heart of the Country. Tyndale House Publishers. 2013.

SUMMARY:
heartofcountryBorn into a very wealthy, dynamic, business-minded family, Luke Carraday has it all and lives life to the fullest. Faith Kramer, a native of rural North Carolina with a loving widower father, a beautiful voice and lots of emotional baggage, flees to New York. When the Luke and Faith meet, things just seem to click and they live a “fairytale” life…until Luke is involved in a Wall-Street based Ponzi scheme which turns their world upside down. Both Prodigals must face their deepest fears, greatest losses, and innermost emotions while facing struggles within their own families. Heart of the Country deals with many matters of the heart while leaving and ultimately finding home.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Though usually not one to “devour” my books, this was a novel which kept me engaged to the finish. Creatively and successfully written from multiple first-person points of view, the characters were intensely charged. Based on the parable of the Prodigal Son, Heart of the Country depicts it in a very real-life way. Interestingly, John Ward (Enchanted), wrote the screenplay first and Rene Gutteridge (Ultimate Gift) then wrote the novel. Both authors obviously are passionate about their characters, story lines and Christian-based approach according to the Questions and Answers included at the end. Having read the novel, I definitely will watch the movie and read/ watch more books/ movies from these authors/ screenwriters.

Watch a trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4DXfARALE8

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Heart of the Country from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*