RATING: 5 Stars
Holidays are such a good idea, especially if you have a long list of books you have wanted to read for quite a while. During my 1 week away, I finished 3 books! Don’t worry, it was about 3 hours away, leaving me plenty of time to spend with family. For all of you who are planning or are on holiday, Rene Gutteridge’s Heart of the Country isn’t to be missed.
This isn’t your ordinary love story! Many of you are familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son. Well, this applies to both Faith and Luke, both runners. Luke wants to establish himself out of his father’s business, where he will always be second to his brother, Jake. So, asking for his inheritance, he embarks on his own. And Faith? Well, ever since the death of her mother, she runs to New York, attends Julliard and finds Luke. Both have baggage and are forced to face it when their marriage is tested.
The love of family is not to be taken for granted! Faith and Luke learnt this the hard way and in some aspects I have to. No family is perfect, but they always have your back! Especially when you need it the most, they always seem to sense it and are ready to help you if you ask or not. It doesn’t matter. This is what warmed my heart about both families, more so Luke’s whose father is proud, and doesn’t express his gratitude often enough. I mean he’s a man, and what man does that anyway, right? But Faith came from a closely knit family that fell apart at the death of her mother and her departure. Upon expressing her troubles when she returns, her Father works in the background to help get her life back on track. In some aspects, God works the same way. As the Father of our life, he is constantly working things out for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. We only realise this when we reflect on our journeys. Don’t forget to thank him for his faithfulness and everlasting love, no matter our transgressions!