book-hidden-in-the-heart-mediumReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Claire Ferguson has spent the past year destroying her life through alcohol and other negative behaviors following the death of her mother and the loss of her unborn child within a short period of time. While she’s not trying to do it, she’s also destroying her marriage by shutting out her husband and rejecting his pleas for her to get help. Knowing she was adopted, and now at a loss without her mother, Claire decides to seek out her birth parents while also taking a sabbatical from life. Claire finds a brochure in her father’s office for Tara’s Place and she can’t help but think it has some connection to her birthplace and birth mother, so she decides to go there for her time away and begin her search.

Michelle is a successful businesswoman who works as an agent for a popular politician in New York City. Only one of her friends knows about her past and she wants to do whatever it takes to keep her past hidden from the whole world. So when the Department of Children and Families contacts her asking her permission to share information with the child she gave up years ago, Michelle adamantly refuses. Terrified and upset at all the memories that come flooding back, Michelle does what she can do bury them deeper and deeper within herself.

Claire isn’t willing to give up that easily. When she’s denied access to information about her birth mother, she becomes even more determined to find out any little detail to her past. While at Tara’s Place she comes in contact with several people who not only help her give up the alcohol and pills and find God again, but they also help her reconnect with her birth mother  The way the story unfolds, Claire is forced to deal with many emotions at once, but thankfully she has God on her side and He helps her have the strength to face it all with an open and forgiving mind. Not only does she have to forgive her mother, but also her grandparents and her own father, both biological and adopted. She also has to ask for the forgiveness of her husband as she realizes that it’s up to her to want to save her marriage.

Hidden in the Heart is a great story about keeping secrets, admitting when we’re wrong, and forgiveness. Catherine West is a gifted writer! I got into the character’s heads and was really feeling what they were feeling. West was able to include conversations and arguments and I really felt like they were real and honest. I could see real people having those same feelings and experiences. Amazing! Not every writer has this ability to draw the reader in and bring the story to life. I will definitely be watching for more from Catherine West!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Litfuse Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.