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)

Connect with Nora Caron:

https://www.noracaron.com
https://www.facebook.com/nora.caron

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.

Love Comes Home, A Novel by Ann H. Gabhart | A Review

Love Comes Home CoverWhen the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

Award-winning and bestselling author Ann Gabhart invites you back to Rosey Corner for a heartfelt story that closes the distance between the things that were and things that can yet be.

(Image and synopsis via Revell, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group)

My Thoughts:

Although the synopsis reads the author, Ann H. Gabhart, “invites you back to Rosey Corner,” Love Comes Home is a beautifully written, stand alone novel. The previous two books will also stand alone, and Gabhart is a master at overlapping characters and scenes from the Rosey Corner stories. It is not necessary to read the books in any specific order, unless that is your personal preference.

Love Comes Home features the three Merritt sisters as two anxiously await the return of their husbands from World War II, and the third copes with grief and loss of her husband, Sammy, and father of their daughter, Samantha. Equally involved in this story is the adopted daughter of the Merritt family, Lorena. Lorena too is awaiting something specific to her world as an adolescent.

Gabhart’s prose is akin to poetry as she breathes life into her characters and scenes, and often I felt transported to Rosey Corner post-World War II.

Kate and Evie’s husbands return but both are changed by their war experiences. The young wives feel at times as though their husbands are like strangers to them. Torie’s grief grasped my heart as hers ached for Sammy, lost somewhere never to return home again. Yet it was Lorena who stole my heart with her wondering and speculation and, yes, confusion over her birth family while loving deeply her Merritt family.

Each page of Love Comes Home overflows  with goodness, grace, and here and there struggles, all of which come together to feed the soul of the reader as each evocation of hurt, anguish, joy, laughter, community and more is expressed.

Give yourself the gift of goodness. Read Ann Gabhart’s Love Comes Home. You will not be sorry.

My Recommendation:

Anyone who loves well written Christian fiction and works set in or around the history of World War II will find this a book to enjoy and cherish long after you turn the last page.

Meet Ann H. Gabhart:

Author Ann H. GabhartAnn H. Gabhart is the bestselling author ofAngel SisterSmall Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels–The OutsiderThe BelieverThe SeekerThe Blessed, and The Gifted–and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

(Image and bio via Revell, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group; photo credit © Scott Campbell Photography)

 


Book Details:
Publisher: Revell
Published: June 2014
Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN: 9780800721855
(Also available in ebook format)

Disclaimer:

I received a copy of Love Comes Home via Revell’s Revell Reads Blog Tour Program in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

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