Heart of the Country [NOOK Book]

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Faith and Luke Carraday have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming businessman. After taking his inheritance from his father’s stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, he’s on the fast track as a rising young executive, and Faith is settling comfortably into her role as his wife.

When rumors of the Michovs’ involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, ...
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Overview

Faith and Luke Carraday have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming businessman. After taking his inheritance from his father’s stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, he’s on the fast track as a rising young executive, and Faith is settling comfortably into her role as his wife.

When rumors of the Michovs’ involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, she turns to Luke for confirmation, and he assures her that all is well. But when Luke is arrested, Faith can’t understand why he would lie to her, and she runs home to the farm and the family she turned her back on years ago. Meanwhile, Luke is forced to turn to his own family for help as he desperately tries to untangle himself from his mistakes. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned, and will those families find the grace to forgive and forget? Will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere to run but home?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414367712
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 193,351
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Rene Gutteridge is the author of nineteen novels including Listen, Possession, Misery Loves Company, the Storm series, the Boo series, the Occupational Hazards series, and the novelization of the movie The Ultimate Gift. Rene and her husband have two children and live in Oklahoma. John Ward has spent twenty-five years in the film industry as a screenwriter, director, and actor. He recently wrote, directed, and starred in the feature film I AM. He also wrote, produced, and directed the Liquid DVD series for Thomas Nelson. He currently serves as president of Bayridge Films.
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HEART OF THE COUNTRY


By RENE GUTTERIDGE, JOHN WARD, Sarah Mason

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 John Ward
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-4829-2



CHAPTER 1

CATHERINE


It was a strange thing to know that I was to become a memory to them. I kept searching for pain because pain means life. Instead, I smelled Lip Smackers on Olivia's pale-pink lips. I heard Faith's high-pitched giggles that still sounded childish even though she was growing into a young woman. I couldn't move my arms, but against my fingertips, I felt their hair, their shoelaces, their sticky cheeks.

I knew this would break their hearts into thousands of tiny pieces that one lifetime couldn't mend.

"Ma'am? Ma'am?"

I wished that he knew my name. I wanted somebody to know my name. The sirens wailed and screamed and I wondered if I was coming and going out of consciousness or if that's just how sirens sounded from the inside.

Above me, out of a light misty-gray that seemed like steam from a shower, I saw a man's face come into view. His eyes were frantic but gorgeous and blue. Above him I caught my reflection against a long metal strip that ran the length of the ambulance. There was a familiarity to him, but that was true of everyone in Columbus County. If I didn't know you, I knew your mom or your grandpa or your second cousin.

"Blood pressure ..."

The words faded, just like the sirens, and his beautiful eyes retreated to a far place that I longed to reach for. I only saw the girls now, their faces passing by me like living, breathing photographs. And Calvin standing by his horse.

I wanted to be more than a memory. I hated that for the rest of their days they would only be able to touch me in their minds or set their gazes on a tiny glimpse captured by a camera.

A mother's heart cannot let go. Not even to a father who had all the love in the world to offer them. I could never be replaced.

I looked again to that long metal reflection above me. I was covered in blankets. The EMT was covered in blood, and I thought that was strange. Warm and cold sensations drifted through my body, and I searched again for any sign of pain. My face looked distorted against the metal, like in a fun house mirror, except nothing else seemed out of proportion.

"Fourteen minutes out!"

Yes, it was a long way to the hospital when you lived in the country. Only one winding road led through our neck of the woods. Columbus County did not have a well-designed road system. The state was involved in a plan to pave "farm to market" roads, the idea being to improve transportation of tobacco, corn, sweet potatoes, cotton, soybeans, and livestock to places like Whiteville and Tabor City, where the train tracks ran. But instead of designing a modern road system, they paved the old dirt roads that had generally followed horse and carriage paths. They once connected neighboring farms, working around and over the swampy areas, resulting in a system of meandering roads. I could feel the ambulance hugging the curves of the concrete. It was often on these roads where I heard the music play.

I closed my eyes, or maybe they were already closed. I told myself to live, no matter what, to live. And then I felt it, a tiny prick of pain in my heel.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from HEART OF THE COUNTRY by RENE GUTTERIDGE, JOHN WARD, Sarah Mason. Copyright © 2011 John Ward. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc..
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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    The Prodigal Daughter Returns

    Faith Carraway is a country girl turned socialite. She is married to Luke Carraway and madly in love. She wants for nothing. Before she married Luke she lived to sing but no longer has time for her passion of song or for her family back home. Luke's brother is not to accepting of Faith in the Carraway family and does not think this little country girl fits into the Carraway's social circles.

    Faith and Luke live the fairy tale relationship until Luke decides to leave the family business and invest in a hedge fund with the Michov Brothers. Then the fairy tale turns into a nightmare when the Michov's alleged Ponzi scheme threatens Luke's livelihood and his marriage.

    Faith feels betrayed by his lies and possible involvement in this scheme. Without even a backwards glance she leaves her socialite life behind and heads back to her country life to stay with her father and get her life back on track. Her sister is not too happy to have Faith return home like the Prodigal daughter. But her father is ecstatic to have his little girl back home.

    There is so many facets to Faith's story. The pending lose of her marriage, her estranged relationship with her sister and the nurturing relationship with her father. She finds her roots to be healing and it draws her into a renewal of her spirit. She struggles to accept God's will in her life and can't seem to figure out where she belongs or where she is headed in life.

    So many people go through these same trials in their life. God has a plan and we don't always agree with that plan. But if we just let go and let God do his job His plan will be fulfilled.

    I highly recommend this book.

    I rate this book a 5 out of 5.

    Disclosure

    I purchased a copy of this book from Barnes and Noble and reviewed book for Tyndale House Publishing . I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge & John Ward is a won

    Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge & John Ward is a wonderful story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and going home again. The story is told in a first person format through Faith, Luke, Olivia, Catherine, and Calvin the main characters in the story. Faith and Luke are happily married, living in New York City, and by the standards of the world they have it all but things fall apart when Luke becomes involved in a Ponzi scheme. Faith does not give Luke a chance to explain but immediately leaves for her father’s home in North Carolina. Faith’s father, Calvin, is delighted to have her home but her sister Olivia is quite upset with Faith’s return. Luke is hurt by Faith’s leaving and finally has to turn to his family for help in getting through all the problems caused by his desire to be on his own and to make his fortune. The story has the feeling of the Prodigal Son in the Bible and just like him, Faith and Luke have to face their problems head on and admit their mistakes and then ask for forgiveness from their families and God.




    Rene did an excellent job in the development of the characters and all the scenes that took place in the story. For me the characters came to life and with the story being told in a first-person conversational style, I felt as if I were sitting and talking with each character. Scenes were so well developed that I could feel what was going on and I was right in the middle of the action. The struggles that Faith and Luke were having with each other and with their families was so well portrayed that I was shedding tears with them and urging them on to get their lives back on track. I liked the addition of Catherine’s thoughts to the story for it helped to show why Faith and Olivia felt as they did about each other.




    I highly recommend this book to all who like a love story with a good ending even if the couple have to go through hard times to reach the good times.




    Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    .I glanced at the movie for this book before I started reading a

    .I glanced at the movie for this book before I started reading and I will be honest, I was worried I might not like the book. But I had to remind myself that books are almost always better than movies and that was the case for Heart of the Country.
    I really enjoyed this modern telling of the prodigal. I liked being in the head of the older sister (Olivia) who stayed with her dad while her younger sister (Faith) left --something I can relate to personally -- and watching her heart soften and their relationship heal.
    There is a very moving moment that brought me to tears (always a good sign that I like a book) when Luke's dad stands up for his son. A beautiful picture of what Christ does for us. It reminded me of how God uses me and my story, as messy as it is, to help others. I know He has my back and He's not ashamed of me because I am His daughter.
    There are a few twists and turns in the plot that will having you flipping pages to find out what happens next and how God will heal Faith and Luke's marriage. This is a great Genesis 5020 story.
    After reading the book I think I can appreciate the movie more and plan on giving it another chance now that I have a better understanding of the characters.
    Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it as a great reminder of Christ's amazing love for us all.
    A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    This book was wow. I don't even have words to describe it. I hav

    This book was wow. I don't even have words to describe it. I have read many books over the years (obviously) but this one hit me so hard.
    I haven't read a book that so close to my own reality. I literally cried through the whole thing.

    Faith leaves her country roots and meets the rich and powerful Luke Carraday. They fall completely in love and quick get married.
    Even though Luke's brother (whom he has always looked up to) doesn't approve of her, he doesn't let anyone get in the way of their love.
     With the encouragement and support of Faith, Luke goes to his father to venture out on his own and start a name for himself away from his father and brother. 

    Luke gets arrested after the Michov Borthers go down for a Ponzi scheme.
    Faith doesn't understand what is going on so when Luke won't tell her anything, she packs up and goes back home.
    Luke is left with having to depend on his family to dig him out of the mess he created but at the expense of his wife. 

    As the two try to repair their lives and hearts, Faith's world comes crashing down with the news of her father having brain cancer.
    She is left with no choice but to reach out to her husband for help. 

    My dad has anaplastic astrocytoma and it had taken its course through him so you can just imagine how real this book was to me.
    The love and restoration was something that we all need to be reminded of.
    With each huge trial they faced you saw the hardship it is to let God take control.
    This book was such an encouragement. I hope you all get to read this book and see the movie. It is really life changing. 

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    booksbysteph says "Character Conflict & Family Dynamics

    booksbysteph says "Character Conflict & Family Dynamics are Amazing"



    After sixty-two days, Luke Carraway knew Faith Barnett was his soul mate. Since the Carraway family is beyond wealthy, they believe Faith is with Luke for his money. Luke and Faith leave their families out and elope. Then Luke decides to leave the family company to be independent and make a name for himself with competitors, the Michov Brothers.

    Faith starts to overhear conversations about the Michov Brothers being a part of a Ponzi scheme. "[A] Ponzi scheme is when a fund...takes the money from new investors and uses it to pay off existing investors' returns on investments. It gives the illusion of profit when there isn't any." Luke promises Faith that he is not involved in anything illegal. But her faith in Luke is shattered when the SEC arrests him "for conspiracy to commit federal securities fraud."

    When Luke refuses to answer any of Faith's questions, she packs up her belongings and goes to the only place she can - Columbus County, North Carolina - her family's home. This is difficult for her. The reason why Faith left is because the community wanted her to pick up on the life her mother left behind when she died. But Faith has never really dealt with her mother's death. She left the rest of her family to deal with losing her as well. Now, ten years later, there are mixed emotions about Faith's return. 

    Back in New York, Luke's scandal has caused everyone to turn away from him. Faith was just the first. Luke is alone and facing prison time, wondering the ways he could kill himself while inside. There is only one direction for Luke to turn and it goes against everything he was trying to do by himself. Plus, he has not heard from Faith and needs to decide whether to fight for her or let her go for betraying their vows. Unexpected news puts a new twist on everything and everyone.

    I GIVE THIS BOOK: 5 Stars

    It has been so long since I have read a book with so much realistic content, situations and emotions. The character conflict is amazing.

    The author uses real life circumstances and writes how real people would act in that situation. Independence, pride, ethics, vows, family and death are just a few of the struggles the characters of this book have to deal with.

    Family dynamics play an extremely large role in this story. I found myself comparing my family to those of the two main characters, Luke and Faith. I will say that some actions the family members took surprised me.

    I struggled with this book in the sense that I felt connected to the story at my very core. While the 400+ pages seem daunting, it is well worth it. It is a quick read because you will not want to put it down. And I did not. Very emotional. Have a tissue handy. 

    Until next time, live life one page at a time!

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Loved the twists and turns

    This keeps you wanting to know what will happen next. Loved the characters and the faith that is portrayed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Plot spoilers ruined another booked by revealing every detail then bragging how they got their book for free. Well guess what...we have to pay for ours, so stop ruining our book by telling everything that happpens. A few lines is enough. You dont have to rewrite the entire book. And before some smart aleck says dont read them...i dont. But when you have to scroll past miles long posts where they reveal every detail you usually see something that spoils the book, so please plot spoilers, stop ruining the books for other readers. Have some consideration.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

    A heartfelt story of overcoming one's past. Faith and Luke have

    A heartfelt story of overcoming one's past.

    Faith and Luke have a fairytale life... until Luke is arrested for being a part of a Ponzi scheme. He claims he wasn't involved, but admits to his knowledge of the scheme. Frustrated and angry, Faith packs a suitcase and walks out the door going to the place she once called home.

    This story hooked me on the first page and made it hard to put down. Conflict loomed on every page, I truly didn't know what direction the story was headed. I went from page to page curious to the outcome. There were many instances I was concerned emotions would be downplayed or overdone; however, the authors handled each character with delicacy and stayed true to life.

    That being said, some situations in the book were confusing and didn't make sense, such as Luke's role with the Michov Brothers. It was probably due to all the head jumping. Thankfully, when I watched the movie, it clarified what was going on. Other than that, I enjoyed the writing and depth to the plot and story, something that can't be shown on screen.

    To sum up, I enjoyed the book a lot, but the movie let me down. You wouldn't think there would be so many differences or nuances, especially when the screenplay writer helps write the novelization. Yes, I like my movies to stay true to my books and in this case the saying is true, the book is always better than the movie.

    I received this book from Tyndale in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Great book

    I loved this book, it made me laugh and cry, smile, it touched my heart. Awesome read and touching, recommended.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    Such a good story!

    I thought this book was good. The characters were real, the emotions were real. Faith is beautiful and strong, in a quiet way. She is also a little selfish and lacks self confidence, especially after what happens to Luke. Luke strikes me as a loyal, loving man who is also selfish. While he lives a very priviledged life, I don't feel like he is greedy in any way, but selfish in that he wants to make his own way in the world, not live in the shadow of his family. Olivia is beautiful and strong in her more outgoing, "bossy" way. She is learning to trust the sister who ran away when times got tough.

    The story was good. I just felt like something was missing. I didn't feel like I could connect with any of the characters. The plot was good, but I felt like Faith should have been more angry or fought harder instead of just running from Luke. I think Luke should have fought harder in the beginning to explain things to Faith and to keep her. I did think it was cool how the author included snapshots of Catherine's thoughts. It helped bring the story together and kind of explained the reason why the sisters were like they were as only a mother can do.

    Overall, even though I felt like something was missing from this story, it was still good. It was a sweet read, and a modernized version of the story of the Prodigal Son. God is always there for you, no matter what. He is waiting, with open arms, to welcome you home. Never forget that!

    **I received a complimentary copy of the book and the movie from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Excellent

    Excellent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    "Heart"warming!  It's a masterfully told story -- true

    "Heart"warming!  It's a masterfully told story -- true to life.  LOVED IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Very confusing hard to follow

    The story line was good, but I found the way the book was written, with each chapter in a different characters perspective, was very hard to follow.

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