Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: The Heart of Memory

Author: Alison Strobel
Title: The Heart of Memory
Description: Savannah Trover is a popular and well-known Bible teacher whose husband runs her ministry, but her personal life has been put on the back burner while she grew her career. When she becomes seriously ill, she is forced to slow down and realize that her daughter is alienated from her and her husband is hiding something pretty serious. On top of all that, she’s facing life-threatening illness. Savannah’s encounter with illness and the struggles it brings to her and her family are at the heart of this book.  
Review source:  Free for kindle
Plot: This was one of the better free books I’ve received on kindle. I was always interested in what was going to happen next, and Strobel doesn’t settle for easy answers.
Characters: Savannah is pretty irritating as a main character. She’s completely self-centered (well, her whole family is), and I don’t believe she does anything kind for anyone until maybe the last chapter or two.
Writing style: The pluses on this book: interesting story line and ability to resist the temptation to take the easy way out (Christian fiction-ly speaking).
Audience: I’d call it Christian women’s fiction.

Wrap-up : It was a good enough read that I’d recommend it to non-Christian readers as well, just because Savannah goes through so much in coming to grips with her illness. It would probably be helpful for anyone dealing with a serious chronic condition. I liked it. 4/5*


  1. Thanks, Grace. I've decided not to read books where the cover features a body but no head. That now hackneyed style reminds me of the romance novel covers and the gothic covers where essentially the same scene was depicted each time.

  2. Well, I read it on my 1st generation kindle, so had no clue what the cover looked like until I wrote this post! But I agree that it's overdone & cliched!