Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry

I am not sure why I didn’t like this book more.  Without a doubt, Fabry is a gifted writer.  The characters are true to who they are and what they represent.  The story line is believable, although fairly predictable.  I found myself reading because I was curious about Maria and wanted to find out if she was what she seemed.  That kept my interest in the book, but I have to admit that I had to force myself to pay attention and keep reading to finish that book, which is never a good thing when reading!

It seemed like the author had some political motivation in the book in regards to a United States/Mexico fence to secure the border and the topic of illegal immigrants/border ranchers.  It wasn’t blatant, but it was present.

There was a lot of violence and murder, which isn’t my cup of tea when reading.

I did enjoy the message of love for our fellow human beings, letting go of people we love when they are in a better place (even if it is hard), and that everyone deserves a second chance.

Overall, weighing the good writing and interesting characters, the encouraging message, violence, and the socio-political topic, I would rate this book somewhere in the middle.  Not necessarily my kind of book, but others might really enjoy it.

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