Mar 3, 2012

Heart Echoes by Sally John

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?

When the going gets tough—or weird or wonderful—the daydreamer gets going on a new story. Sally John has been tweaking life's moments into fiction since she read her first Trixie Belden mystery as a child.

Now an author of more than fifteen novels, Sally writes stories that reflect contemporary life. Her passion is to create a family, turn their world inside out, and then portray how their relationships change with each other and with God. Her goal is to offer hope to readers in their own relational and faith journeys.

Sally grew up in Moline, Illinois, graduated from Illinois State University, married Tim in 1973, and taught in middle schools. She is a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. A three-time finalist for the Christy Award, she also teaches writing workshops. Her books include the Side Roads series, the Safe Harbor series (coauthored with Gary Smalley), The Other Way Home series, The Beach House series, and In a Heartbeat series. Many of her stories are set in her favorite places of San Diego, Chicago, and small-town Illinois.

She and her husband currently live in southern California. Visit her website at

"Just act like God adores you, no matter how awful you think you are, and after a while, it will become your first thought of every day. It will be what echoes in your heart instead of those lies from the hurts."

These are some amazing words shared between two sisters in this book. One sister has never come to terms with her past, and the other sister is struggling with her unknown future due to terminal illness. They have had virtually no relationship with each other for many years, but finally have taken steps towards resolving their family issues.

Teal and River have a great marriage, or at least they thought it was near to perfect. That is, until the day the earthquake shook the very foundation of everything they cherished.

Sometimes it's the tough times that make a person face reality about themselves and also about their personal relationships. The Heart Echoes is a story of faith, forgiveness and unconditional love ... a great example showing that it's never too late to be honest and face hurts from the past.

I highly recommend this book and I have already added several other Sally John titles to my own personal wishlist.

Disclosure: Book received courtesy of the Tyndale Blog Network, in exchange for my honest review.

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