Before I start my review, I would like to thank NetGalley and Empowerment Productions with Balboa Press for allowing me to review The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received The Girl Who Could Read Hearts from Empowerment Productions with Balboa Press through NetGalley as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Title: The Girl Who Could Read Hearts
Author: Sherry Maysonave
Publisher: Empowerment Productions with Balboa Press
Date of Publication: April 21st 2016
Number of pages: 334
Part of a series: No
Where the book can be found:
Intuitive as a child, Sherry Maysonave has had mystical experiences throughout her life. At the mere age of five, she had a direct experience of her soul existing separately from her physical body, which forever changed her perception of God, life on earth, and life in heaven.
Inspired by a vivid dream with Sherry’s deceased sister shouting from a mountaintop, this story—The Girl Who Could Read Hearts—was born.
An inspirational novel, this moving story teems with intrigue while exploring the mysteries of intuition, angels, death, the afterlife, prejudice, and miracles.
Born gifted with a rare seventh sense—the ability to read human hearts coupled with keen intuition—Kate Kindrick struggles to understand her capabilities. She is often bewildered by her unique perceptions, combined with seeing symbols and colors in people’s hearts.
Kate’s parents fear that their young daughter suffers from delusional psychosis. Their concerns are intensified by her claims that she has conversations with an angel. Only her grandmother, who is gravely ill, and her uncle, a famous writer, encourage Kate to develop her gifts.
Yet it’s her naiveté of the intuitive signs that augur trouble. When she doesn’t heed an inner warning, her world spins into a dangerous spiral that spells hazard for her and those she loves. Her antics land her cherished uncle in the hospital. His life hangs in the balance.
Just when she believes things couldn’t get worse, her life cascades down a doubly treacherous path. She is forced to spend extended time with her teenage cousin, Marilla Marzy, and the girl’s sinister father—Vaynem Moxsin. Tormented by both of them, she prays for rescue. Shocking events transpire.
This captivating novel explores issues relevant to many of today’s societal woes: prejudice, abuse, eating disorders, and limiting belief systems. It delves into the mysteries of death and of angels, plus intuition, finding God in all, and true love.
Full of spirit, this poignant story brims with inspiration, daring, and hope.
The segments of this story that embrace death are based upon Sherry’s real-life experiences when she was present with beloved family members as they passed away. Her wondrous encounters of loved ones’ spirits after their physical deaths are deeply engaging.
Sherry Maysonave says she doesn’t just believe there is an afterlife, she knows there is.
An accomplished author and motivational speaker, Sherry Maysonave has made multiple appearances on NBC’s Today, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR, and she has been featured in USA Today, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek. Previously, Sherry wrote the nonfiction best seller Casual Power and the award-winning eBook EggMania: Where’s the Egg in Exactly. Sherry and her husband, Stephen, reside in Austin, Texas.
This book started off very slow. Slow to the point where I almost stopped reading it. But after the first couple of chapters (which were torture to read), the story started and it was a great one. When God, Jesus and angels are definitely discussed in this book, religion is not shoved down your throat. The author also shows the **bad** side of being a Christian too and she showcases it very well.
I loved Kate’s character. She is so innocent, so sweet that I wanted to give her a huge hug when the bad stuff started happening to her. Her ability to read hearts is something that was passed down from her grandmother. The descriptions of what people’s hearts looked like (one description had a heart that looked frozen with rain clouds) was eerie.
The one thing that I really didn’t like about the book was the names and how they always started with the same letter. Put it this way, her Aunt was Ruthie Renee. For some reason it bugged me.
The bad guy in this book was a legit bad guy who hid behind his wealth and Christianity. Everytime I read his scenes, I got a bad taste in my mouth and I legit wanted to swoop down into the book and smack him in the face. But, he did get what was coming to him in the end and I was glad.
The ending was very bittersweet. If I wasn’t sitting in a orthodontist office with Z, waiting to be called, I would have burst out into tears.
How many stars will I give The Girl Who Could Read Hearts? 3.5/4
Why? A very well written book that takes you on an emotional journey with a little girl who has a very rare, very special 7th sense of reading hearts. You get caught up in the story, after the slow start, and start rooting for people to make the right choices/decisions.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range? Teen
Why? No sex. Also there is an eating disorder portrayed, domestic abuse and child abuse. Also racism and medical misconduct are portrayed.