Journey to the Heart by Nora Caron | A Review

Journey to the Heart CoverJourney to the Heart is the tale of how one woman overcomes her bitterness and anger regarding life and love. Lucina, a twenty-five year-old Canadian computer programmer, travels to Mexico in order to heal herself after a terrible burn-out and yet another bad relationship. By chance, she encounters a deeply insightful Mexican woman named Señora Labotta, who slowly helps her come into contact with her inner Self. But Lucina is stubborn and jaded, and has difficulty stepping out of her past into a universe of fluidity and acceptance. When she meets Teleo, a charming green-eyed healer, Lucina must make a decision: Either return to her fears and anxieties, or enter her heart, a place she knows very little of.

(Image and synopsis via Homebound Publications)

My Thoughts:

Nora Caron takes almost every young woman’s story of heartbreak at the hands of young men, adds to it a bitterness and hurt caused by a nagging mother and burnout from a job as a computer programmer. At 25, what else could go wrong in Lucina’s world.

On the advice of her counselor, she travels to Mexico and begins a journey not so much of discovery of the culture, tradition, and mysteries of the Mexican people but of discovering her inner being for the first time.

Two people, Señora Labotta and Teleo, a charming young man trained in healing arts, play major roles in Lucina’s self-discovery.

Traveling with Teleo through the forest and the jungle to ancient ruins of centuries past peoples in Mexico, Lucina begins to shed her past in painful and yet humbling and beautiful ways. She begins to realize that her history is holding her back and in order to move forward, she must examine her heart, a heart she knows very little about.

Caron writes with a fluid, almost languid style which I found relaxing and comforting adding a dimension to Lucina’s self-discovery. The characters are well-developed and I began to feel I was reading a true story and not a novel. At the end, I was reluctant to give the book over to my “finished books” shelf. I still find myself wondering what happened to Lucina after I turned the last page.

My Recommendation:

Journey to the Heart is a beautiful read, no matter your circumstances. However, if you are searching to rid yourself of past fears, disappointments, and anger and perhaps in so doing find the center of your heart, please read this book. It is an amazing spiritual journey for this young woman, a fictional character so real to me I find myself caring for her still.

Meet the Author:

Nora CaronNora Caron was born in Montreal, Quebec. As a child, she traveled to many countries with her family, developing a love early on for culture, people, and art. In Junior College, Nora took up photography and film, and worked as a photo-journalist for two Quebec magazines. She was also the editor of her college newspaper, The Edge. In 2001, she was awarded with Best Photographer Award at Champlain College. At twenty, Nora entered university in Psychology but soon turned to English Literature where she fell in love with Shakespeare’s works. She graduated from McGill University in 2006 with a B.A in English Literature and a minor in Spanish and German. In 2010 Nora graduated from Concordia University with a Master’s degree in English Literature with a specialty in Renaissance literature. She speaks fluent French, English, Spanish and German.

Nora has many passions in life. She is one of the three founders of Oceandoll Productions, a Los Angeles-based film production company. She has acted in several short films to date and has written a feature Western called Wyoming Sky with Ingo Neuhaus. Nora is the author of The New Dimensions Trilogy which is composed of Journey to the Heart, New Dimensions of Being, and Jaguar Dreams (coming out June 2014). Her novels mix spirituality, philosophy, and history. They are pieces of Nora’s own life mixed with teachings from spiritual teachers she had the chance of working with. Her stories carry timeless messages that will uplift and empower those who read them.

(Bio and image via Homebound Publications)

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Book Details:

Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1938846090
Release Date: July 19, 2013
Page Count: 248

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Journey to the Heart from Homebound Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.