4 out of 4 stars
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Strong Heart, by Charlie Sheldon, is a story that is both historical and suspenseful. After finding out suddenly that his daughter has passed away and she has left behind a granddaughter than was unknown to the rest of the family, Tom must decide if he will take his long lost granddaughter in, and how her personality will fit with the rest of the family’s. This is not the only challenge that Tom and his family must face, however. Journeying deep into nature to return an ancient item to the grave of Tom’s grandfather brings more difficulties than the family initially expects, but it also teaches them more lessons than they could have imagined.
The story continues as each character is developed more fully and the embark on an adventure that would change their lives forever, through tales from another time that may be closer to home than any of the family realizes. Along the way, struggles of character differences and beliefs arise, however the family must learn to work together with their new found relative in order to save not only her own life, but also memories and the deep connection the family shares.
While reading this book, I found that the author has a wonderful talent of drawing the readers into the story and making them feel like they are a part of the story themselves. The author also does a wonderful job at switching back and forth from storytelling to present time in the book. This book is suspenseful and kept me coming back for more at each chapter and I am confident it will do the same for many readers as well.
One thing that I would have liked to see more of was character and personality development in the beginning of the story. I think that this, however, does not take away from understanding or connecting with the story, as readers get to know the characters all throughout the book.
Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This was a very entertaining read and was not complicated to understand. This book had great themes and lessons that can be drawn from it and would be beneficial and interesting to read even the second and third times around. Readers can easily connect with the story and will most likely relate to at least one of the characters as they are pulled into the story themselves. If you enjoy a quick paced novel with dynamic characters and a story line that has both historical and suspenseful components, Strong Heart is the book for you.
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