Book Title: Fractured Heart
Book Author: Krystle Lewallen
Book Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Number of Pages: 293 pgs.
Publisher: Krystle Lewallen
Christian fiction is almost the only genre I read. Sometimes the stories all sound the same. Girl meets boy, boy likes girl, girl is oblivious to it due to some circumstance in her life, girl finally realizes it and end of story. This book is completely different and I like that. I couldn’t put the book down and read it within 24 hours. Fractured Heart is about a girl that had a traumatic childhood that tries to move on only to have her life take a traumatic turn downward. She meets an amazing man, who ends up leading her to the one who can truly fix fractured hearts! Along the way she falls in love, finds new family, and mends relationships.
One thing that is nice about about this book is the way it evangelizes. The book is not filled with Bible references that would make an unbeliever not want to read it, but it has a very good Gospel presentation in the story.
Katy, the main character, is fully developed. I really related with her. I went through some, but not all of her struggles. I love how Krystle Lewallen gives Katy so much depth. You can tell that Katy is so strong though she seems so broken. Katy moves on even when things look so bleak, yet knows exactly when to ask for help and guidance. Katy seemed real. I felt like I was reading her diary. She makes good decisions and is a good person even before accepting a relationship with Jesus.
This book also deals with abuse, rape, foster care, alcoholism, purity in relationships, taking risks (healthy ones), and family. I absolutely love how the taking risks was tied into the book. That is something I struggle with. I do not take risks. I do not trust those around me all the time. When trying to recover from the traumatic events several people in Katy’s life ask her to take risks to help deal with the anxiety. Katy does and it frees her. I think if I allowed myself to take some of the same risks it would be beneficial to me. Fractured Heart has inspired me to go a little out of my comfort zone!
The only thing I did not care for was the abrupt ending. I would of liked to see maybe a few more pages explaining the events at the end. The ending seemed rushed and left me a little confused. I guess I will just have to wait for a sequel to get some more information!
Overall, this book is an excellent read for any young adult and woman.
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