Book Review: Borders of The Heart

17 Oct

Desperate to escape haunting memories, J. D. Jessup travels from Nashville to Tucson and volunteers on an organic farm. The hardened landowner has one prevailing rule: If J. D. sees an “illegal,” call the border patrol. But when an early morning ride along the fence line leads him to a beautiful young woman named Maria, near death in the desert, his heart pulls him in another direction. Longing to atone for the choices that drove him to Tucson, J. D. hides her and unleashes a chain of deadly events he could never have imagined. Soon they are running from a killer and fighting for their lives. As secrets of their pasts emerge, J. D. realizes that saving Maria may be the only way to save himself.





Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth FindingBuilding Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.

Chris’ novels, which include DogwoodJune BugAlmost HeavenNot in the Heart, and his latest release, Borders of the Heart, have won two Christy Awards and an ECPA Christian Book Award, but it’s his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more.

He has also published more than 65 other books, including nonfiction and novels for children and young adults. He coauthored the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, as well as the Red Rock Mysteries and The Wormling series with Jerry B. Jenkins. RPM is his latest series for kids and explores the exciting world of NASCAR.


My Impressions:

From the first few pages, you know you are in for something special in a novel by Chris Fabry. There is an excellence in his writing style that draws the reader in. Fabry’s newest novel, Borders of The Heart is no exception. On the surface, Borders of The Heart is a great suspense novel. There is a lot there to please any thrill lover — drug cartels, fugitives, shootouts, and car chases. But Fabry doesn’t leave it at that. This novel looks into the souls of the grieving and offers real comfort and answers to the seemingly unexplainable tragedies of this world.

J.D. Jessup has escaped his life in Tennessee and landed on an organic farm in the desert of Arizona. He is not living, but just existing. But when he finds a near-death woman in the desert, J.D.’s world shifts. He is drawn to Maria, a complex and often mysterious woman determined to confront and thwart evil. And despite the danger J.D. finds at every turn, he realizes he wants to start living again, even if it means dying.

Borders of the Heart is a thrill ride, but not a book you want to rush along. If you do, you will miss the subtle changes the characters undergo. Fabry has written some wonderfully complex characters. You will find evil, nobility and deeps flaws mixed into the people you will meet in this book’s pages. The questions posed are those everyone faces — questions of death, grief and love. And when faced with hard choices, the heart of the characters determine which path they take.

Borders of The Heart would be ideal for book discussion groups. There is so much to discuss — why God allows horrible things to happen, how do we respond to people in need, what kind of love does God ask of us. So I recommend you put this at the top of your TBR list. And make sure you set enough time aside to savor all that Chris Fabry has written.

Highly Recommended.


(I received Borders of The Heart from Tyndale in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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