Title: Where My Heart Belongs
Author: Tracie Peterson
Narrator: Jill Shellabarger
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction
Audio Release Date: Jan 26, 2009
Audio Publisher: Oasis Audio
Length: 5 hrs 56 min
About the Book:
The Journey Home Brought Equal Parts Healing and Heartache….Amy Halbert left home twelve years earlier, eager to cast aside the hindrances of small-town life. Her sister, Kathy, remained behind, left to witness the ripples of consequences that followed Amy’s departure. When Amy suddenly reappears, her arrival sends Kathy into a maelstrom of emotion. Bitterness and betrayal threaten to consume her as the past is reawakened. But Kathy soon realizes that Amy has had burdens of her own to bear… Drawn together by their dying father’s wishes, these sisters will travel down the difficult road of reconciliation…toward one another, and toward God.
The narrator did a wonderful job of matching her voice to the energy and mood of the story, especially for the more emotional scenes. She was able to make the character voices each sound different and they seemed to match their personalities well. She did a great job at making this novel come to life through her performance.
While my personal life circumstances are very different, at heart I am Kathy. This story forced me to think through and process some of my own emotions through the heart of Kathy’s character. Surprisingly there were a few instances where I related to Amy/Sunny as well though. There were multiple scenes that convicted my heart, and others that comforted it. I liked that the story was both from Kathy and Amy’s perspectives so that it forces the reader toward a deeper level of empathy for both personalities. It gives a new, more relevant perspective to the story of the prodigal son. The ending was too easy for me, but the conflict and emotion throughout held me captive and was just what I needed right now.
*I borrowed a copy of this audiobook from my local library. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.