Friday, April 16, 2021

Promises of the Heart by Nan Rossiter

Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby as you finish this touching novel. It opens as Macey is experiencing yet another miscarriage. She and Ben wanted children so badly but it seemed it was not meant to be. And then her sister mentions adoption yet again. Macey is not ready to take such a chance on the possibility of more deep heartache. In the meantime, we readers get a glance at Harper, a nine year old girl being shuffled in the foster care system. She is so in need of a loving parent.

Rossiter has done a good job exploring the feelings of young Harper, deeply hurt and feeling so unwanted. Rossiter also portrays well the character of Macey, another with deep hurt and struggling with feelings of inadequacy and defeat. This novel is a good example of the transformation love can bring to pass.

My only complaint is that there are two token sex scenes in the novel. Granted, the sex is between husband and wife but were just a bit too graphic for me and I thought totally unnecessary.

Nonetheless, a fine novel of faith and love and being open to what God has planned for life.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Nan Rossiter is the award-winning and bestselling author of eight novels. Her seventh novel, Summer Dance, was the 2018 winner of the Nancy Pearl Book Award. Rossiter and her husband are the parents of two adult sons. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and a black Lab. When not writing she enjoys hiking and curling up with a good book. You can find out more at

Harper Collins, 382 pages.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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