The Girl Who Could Read Hearts

The Girl Who Could Read Hearts

by Sherry Maysonave

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The Girl Who Could Read Hearts 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave is about an angel, a special gift, and colors. Kate Kindrick seems like an ordinary little girl on the outside, but the only difference is that she can see the hearts of those around her. How she is able to see the hearts of others? Kate sees the heart through the elements of colors. Kate was introduced to this special gift gradually as she turned six. As her mother, Carly, prepared for Kate’s birthday party, Kate discovered Etta Ebella, her guardian angel. Etta Ebella was a different type of angel because Kate could see and talk to her. Through the guidance of Etta, Kate learned how to use the gift and to see the value of seeing hearts through colors and images. When the Kindricks experience a tragedy, they began to see Kate’s gift and discover that she is not delusional. They help her to cultivate it and, despite it being an unusual gift, the family realizes that it's more of a blessing than a curse. Then something else tragic happens; could it get any worse? What will Kate’s gift tell her about the feelings of those around her as these life challenges occur? As I was reading, I began to wonder about the passion behind this story. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts began due a search for self-discovery by Sherry Maysonave. At a young age, Sherry had experienced several supernatural events that left her wanting to learn more about the afterlife. This discovery led her to the elements of life, nature, as well as the afterlife. As you read the story, you will begin to see the elements of life experiences and emotions through the eyes of Kate in various colorful hues, especially when elements of emotions from sickness to death rear their ugly heads. If you like stories about the afterlife, angels, and matters of the heart, pick up a copy of The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave is a story about Kate Kindrick, a six-year-old who has a rare seventh sense - the ability to read human hearts coupled with keen intuition, guided by an angel that resides in an angel doll named Etta Ebella. Unfortunately, Etta Ebella is damaged by candles during Kate’s sixth birthday. Kate’s uncle takes her to meet Dr. Angelique Donahorn, a pediatrician and one of the founders of a company that makes angel dolls. When these two meet, some family secrets and memories are discovered and revisited. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts has a bit of a slow start, but gains momentum as it progresses - it will pull readers into its intriguing storyline and its substantial, thought provoking life lessons. The prose has a lyrical flair and is vividly descriptive. The characters are wonderful, particularly little Kate, her parents, and her Uncle T.T. (Terence Ted). Despite the hardships that the protagonists have to face, there’s some light humor in the story and the dialogue is sharp. The antagonists are also well-developed and can set readers on edge with their persona and behaviour. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts touches on the subject of faith without being preachy. Ethical values and social issues are narrated with both plain spoken and subtle tones. There are times when the spiritual aspect of the story leans towards miracles and magical moments, but it never loses its grip on reality. It’s a meaningful observation of spirituality, intuition, family dynamics, trust, love, unbiased judgment, and much more. This is truly an inspiring book from Maysonave.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Kate Kindrick is a sweet, precocious six-year-old girl, who is blessed with strong intuitive abilities and the gift of seeing other people’s hearts. She also has a special angel doll, named Etta Ebella, given to her by her grandmother. Kate learns some difficult life lessons when she does not listen to inner signals, resulting in near-tragic events. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave is a truly enjoyable way to be reminded of the magic possible in earthly lives. Kate is part of a large extended family; her grandmother and favorite uncle, called TT, also have special intuitive abilities and foster Kate’s gifts. There are other fascinating characters in the story – including a plastic surgeon who is vital in repairing Etta Ebella’s injuries, Kate’s abusive uncle and unloving older cousin, deceiving hospital employees, and others. Sherry Maysonave, the author of The Girl Who Could Read Hearts, has written an inspirational and thought-provoking novel. There is a delightful mixture of intriguing characters, realistic dialogue, spiritual concepts and mystical experiences, making the story appealing to a wide-ranging audience. Ms. Maysonave writes in a clear, easy-to-read style; the story flows effortlessly. While there are many characters and various connections between them, it is easy to keep track of each one, primarily due to her distinct descriptions of each person. The author’s sharing of her own intuitive abilities at the end of the book is also enlightening. This book is truly a page-turner, engaging the reader from the first page until the last.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave is a psychological novel, a beautiful story of coming to grips with one’s gifts. Kate Kindrick has the rare gift of the seventh sense, a gift that begins to manifest in her life as early as six years old — the ability to read human hearts, coupled with keen intuition — but what can a young girl make of such a powerful gift? The signs of this rare gift trouble the young girl’s parents who would — like any normal parents — consider such a phenomenon as close to insanity. Like many special gifts, Kate’s seventh sense comes with its own form of responsibility and, like every extraordinary gift, it is her own cross to bear. Can she assume it, fully accept it, and bear it through the many challenges that lie ahead? The Girl Who Could Read Hearts is well written and, yes, the language casts a powerful spell from the very first word of the story. The prose is well-crafted with a strong and masterful use of descriptions to create an unsettling feeling in readers, and a setting that draws the reader irresistibly into the story. The multidimensional plot is very symbolic of the parallel universe inhabited by the psyche of the protagonist. The story starts with conflict and it is important to see how it climaxes. Readers will also enjoy the well-crafted characters and how the author explores their psychological health. Sherry Maysonave makes readers care about her characters and invites them to embrace their weirdness, their God-given talents without shame. This is a groundbreaking story with a theme that is rarely touched upon in this genre.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave is an inspirational story that vividly treats the themes of intuition, religion, God, love, and many others. The book tells the story of a girl with the extraordinary gift of seeing what most ordinary people do not see, the gift of a sharpened perception, and one that troubles her as well as her parents. What does it mean to see colors in the hearts of others? Could she be living within the bounds of the normal or does her experience border on insanity? Such are the questions that disturb Kate Kindrick and her family, but there is worse than that, and can she bear it all in her young heart? Sherry Maysonave is a very skilled author and her work explores one of the challenging issues that many people face in contemporary society: the loneliness of the gifted person. The story is well written and there is a powerful psychological depth that will haunt many readers. But the story is highly inspirational, one of those tales that will encourage readers to have the courage to stand out, to accept their gifts, and to embrace who they really are. The author’s tone is gentle and compassionate, and her voice rings through with clarity and authority. The highly accessible writing is punctuated by vivid descriptions and colorful dialogue. The author knows how to lead readers into the mind of her protagonist and allow them to connect intimately with her. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts is a story of faith, a powerful defense for those who dare to follow the light they see within them. A highly recommended read!
D_Donovan More than 1 year ago
The Girl Who Could Read Hearts opens with six-year-old Kate, who huddles in the safe embrace of a walnut tree in Berkeley, California. At this point, Kate is clueless about her hidden intuitive powers and the presence of an angel on her birthday cake, who is charged with overseeing the evolution of a soul eons old, belaying her latest six-year-old incarnation's physical age. While the story line focuses on the evolution of Kate's powers and her growing relationship with this angel overseer, it's also a story of parents and others who view her visions as a form of mental illness and who try to help her accordingly. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts may be directed to young adult audiences, but the first thing to know about Kate and her world is that her ability to 'read' others and effect changes that might not be entirely desirable makes for a compelling tale that many an adult will also want to read. As events unfold and Kate finds herself caught in a web of self-discovery and self-induced interventions, facing the consequences of her choices as her abilities grow, so readers are drawn into a plot that pairs a story of growing faith and evolving talents with a myriad of social, political and personal conflicts along the way. Sherry Maysonave's ability to juxtapose inner and outer worlds for a maximum sense of impact and her realistic portrayal of a youngster's world make for satisfying blends of extraordinary and ordinary experiences: "See, you’re not such a smarty pants after all. Like you can’t even win a game for four-year-olds,” Marilla Marzy taunted." Medical procedures and murder, teen angst and police involvements, eating disorders and intrigue, and interactions with the afterlife push The Girl Who Could Read Hearts into unexpected directions. Readers won't expect to find these themes wound into an overall saga of a girl's awakening abilities; but they are an intrinsic piece of a plot that combines spiritual reflections with social issues, and they make for a complex web of events that succeed in creating a moving, memorable story. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts is a highly recommended, evocative read for young adult to adult audiences who are interested in stories of evolution, spiritual guidance, and ultimately, hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected it to be, it was6 leaps and bounds more. I highly recommend this 90
Forthenovellovers More than 1 year ago
The opening chapter to the Girl who could read Hearts was the starting of a great fantasy novel especially with the idea of a seventh sense but you can tell from the offset that this book will have very strong religious overtones which can be disastrous when done wrong. From this chapter the religious theme is strong but restrained which make for concise, clear reading which I really enjoyed. I didn't really feel a connection with Kate until the end of the first chapter which was strange as I connect usually straight away with the protagonist and this didn't happen for me. Although going into the second chapter the point of view changes so I am not sure whether this is a multiple P.O.V book and if it is I'm not sure whether it will fit in with the genre of this book I find mysteries, thrillers and action books do well the multiple points of view and religious, spiritual, romance and dystopian books suit the singular point of view better, but I am still undecided on this and probably will be until the final page. I also like the fact that new challenges are being presented to the characters even though we have less than 10% of the novel left to go. Out of all her children Terrance feels his mothers death the most but even in this darkness he has found his one true love in Angelique which provides a spark of light and as the FBI's net closes are Vaynem and his accomplices all is being set right and old wounds are beginning to heal. The final pages of this novel were amazing, so heart-warming and could restore even the biggest cynic's faith in humanity. I loved the characters especially Kate and Angelique as they were both extremely special people and deserved every happiness in life but remained focused on bringing happiness and joy to others being completely selfless. Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone who wants a light, fluffy and beautiful read which will be a smile to your lips and tears to your eyes at the same time. This book was sent to me for review consideration by Stephen Maysonave
ellarogue More than 1 year ago
Six-year-old Kate Kindrick is not like most little girls. Born with the magical ability to read people’s hearts, Kate is tiny, but mighty in her awareness and blessed with many gifts. When Kate was born, her dear grandmother, Grammy Mer, gave her a beautiful angel doll named Etta Ebella, that only rarely leaves Kate’s sight, but the doll has magical qualities and at times is very much alive. Etta Ebella becomes a silent staple in the story as much of what transpires in Kate’s life and her families is closely connected to the angel. Author Sherry Maysonave builds a strong main character in a child, one that remains poised and strong, while still remaining a little girl, filled with trust, wonderment and belief. After a birthday candle mishap, Etta Ebella is burned and Kate’s favorite uncle, TT, decides to take Kate to his new friend Angelique’s house, a real angel doctor and pediatric plastic surgeon. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts follows the action through many of the characters eyes and the story blooms into something beautiful and hopeful, even in spite of some of the events within the story. Kate is able to decipher danger, although not completely avoid it, knows when Etta Ebella speaks to her, when all the angels do and also is wise beyond her years. Kate and her family face dark issues, some within their own homes, but Kate and her connection to the divine help everyone to see the light. At one point, Kate’s mother begins to wonder if her little girl needs to see a child psychologist, but the love that all of the family shows for her and her attachment to her special doll, shows that the love of family, is one of the greatest loves of all. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts is full of magical realism, family values and excitement. Each member of Kate’s family seems to have their own moments of discovering themselves and coming together. The otherworldly, divine aspects that Etta Ebella brings to the novel, take the story to another level by adding a new dimension to Kate and her family. There is often more than what is seen on the surface and Etta Ebella and Kate’s gifts reflect this. Author Sherry Maysonave beautifully builds an engaging and admirable main character in Kate and opens up the hearts of her characters by sharing their thoughts and concerns to the reader on an intimate level.