Hidden In The Heart by Catherine West
Publisher: OakTara Publishing
Publication Date: September 15, 2012
Format: Paperback - 248 pages / Kindle - 540 KB
Genre: Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Litfuse Publicity Blog Tours.
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?
For all those who have loved, experienced loss, and lived life’s roller-coaster.
Hidden in the Heart has been nominated for a 2013 Grace Award and is on the long list for an INSPY award.
My Book Review:
Hidden In The Heart is a poignant tale of loss, hope, forgiveness, and redemption. Author Catherine West weaves a powerful story about adoption, family, and a young woman's emotional journey in search of her birth mother. The author weaves an intricate fictional story based loosely on her own adoption experience.
Written in the third person narrative, the reader follows Claire Ferguson's emotional journey of self-discovery and healing. Claire is a grown adoptee whose life is in a mess after the death of her adoptive mother and suffering a miscarriage. Unable to come to terms with her grief and move forward in her life, Claire turns to alcohol and pills. She blames herself for her miscarriage and wonders if she has a genetic flaw that has contributed to the miscarriage. To get the answer, she has to find her birth mother, but when her adopted father won't provide the information or identity of her birth mother, Claire sets out on a journey with only one clue to find her.
Hidden In The Heart is a compelling story that grabs the reader by the heartstrings from the beginning and doesn't let go until the final word has been read. Author Catherine West delves into the powerfully emotional subjects of adoption, alcoholism and depression in a realistic and thoughtful way, she engages the reader to follow along with Claire as she goes in search of her identity and the closure she needs to heal her heart. The story takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride with enough drama, issues, and twists and turns that keeps them riveted and turning the page. This is not an easy story to read, you can't help but feel for Claire, her story draws upon the reader's empathy and compassion that has them feeling the full gamut of emotions.
With a realistic cast of characters who have flaws and are easy to relate to; engaging and witty dialogue and interactions; and a storyline that masterfully describes the variety of relationship dynamics of family, self-identity, and the ability to get through difficult and often traumatic life experiences with love, faith, hope and forgiveness; Hidden In The Heart is a beautifully written story that will simply stir your soul.
RATING: 5 STARS *****
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