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Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Book With a Truly Emotional Journey!

 Hidden in the Heart

 "Hidden in the Heart"
  By Catherine West               
Everything Claire wants seems to be beyond her reach…
After losing her mother to cancer and suffering a miscarriage soon after, Claire Ferguson numbs the pain with alcohol and pills, and wonders if her own life is worth living.
Adopted at birth, Claire is convinced she has some unknown genetic flaw that may have been the cause of her miscarriage. She must find a way to deal with the guilt she harbors. But exoneration will come with a price. With her marriage in trouble and her father refusing to answer any questions about her adoption, Claire begins the search for her birth mother. For the first time in her life, she really wants to know where she came from. But what if the woman who gave her life doesn’t want to be found?
Hidden in the Heart has been nominated for a 2013 Grace Award and is on the long list for an INSPY award.

My ThoughtsI must admit, adoption is near and dear to my heart as my husband and I are adoptive parents. The joy we experienced twenty three years ago, receiving that exciting, unbelievable call that we had been chosen to have in our home, a beautiful baby girl was one which has never been matched!  The journey of searching for a birth mother is nothing strange to us- in fact we embrace the thought and hope that one day , our daughter decides to go on this adventure.

  The author tells the story of a young woman's search for her birth mother beautifully. The depth of the emotion is so heartrending. This is truly an emotional journey, one filled with loss, hope, and also a promise for the future. The main character is so realistic in her feelings and roller coaster ride into the past, that I felt that I was accompanying her in her journey. Her suffering and loss caused me to cry! Claire struggles with her faith as she travels down a long lonely road of discovery. The characters that Catharine has so well developed, are complete with flaws, as we all are.  They have to deal with the every day problems of making mistakes, experiencing heartbreak and pain. Easy to identify with, they become part of you. 

I could not put this book down. It is a compelling story that those of us who have been touched by adoption can feel and identify with. It is  a story of forgiveness . The road is tough but God can deal with this journey . It succeeded in giving me a very thorough understanding of the feelings of an adoptee. Catherine West helps us examine how our failures shape our futures and how a marriage CAN survive, but, only with God's help. 

A Five Star Book!! 
 This should be a "must read" for all persons who have experienced adoption   in their family.


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 About the Author: Catherine West is an award-winning author writing inspirational stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. Her first novel, Yesterday's Tomorrow, released in 2011, her second, Hidden in the Heart, in September, 2012. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two college-aged children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

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This ebook was provided by Litfuse, in exchange for an honest and fair review. 

 Catherine West is celebrating with the Hidden in the Heart Kindle Fire Giveaway! Enter today.


One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A copy of Hidden in the Heart and Yesterday's Tomorrow by Catherine West
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 21st. Winner will be announced on 4/23/13 at Catherine's blog.

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