Heart of the Country Book & DVD

When Faith Carraday’s highly successful husband Luke is arrested for doing some illegal business deals, her life comes to a screeching halt. She has become used to the high society life in New York City, but now she has nothing left. So she heads home to North Carolina to try to pick up the pieces of her life.

A few weeks ago, I received a copy of Heart of the Country Book and the brand new DVD release from Tyndale Publishers. I am participating with some other bloggers to offer you some great opportunities to win some fun prizes. After you enter to win this Book and DVD, hop over to the other blogs at the bottom of this article to find more Rocktoberfest 2013 Giveaways!

Heart of the Country Book & DVD Review

heart of the countryI have never read a book and watched the movie adaptation at the same time. This was an interesting experience for me. As with all movies adapted from a book, there are deviations from the book. But the two stories do overlap. I liked the way the movie stayed true to some of the great lines of the book. “Daddy, when did the music stop for you and Mom?”

Heart of the Country is one of those heart string movies. There are the poignant moments when the prodigal daughter has to return home and pick up the pieces of her family relationships. A sister who has been left to hold the family together. A father who is ready to forgive. A long lost friend who tries to step in and help heal a broken marriage. The movie doesn’t explore as much of the sister drama as there is in the book but you can still feel the hurt and pain that Faith’s decisions have caused.

This is one of those stories that leave you with that :feel good feeling”, especially if you are a country music fan. Jana Kramer is the star of the movie as she brings the character of Faith to the screen.

About Heart of the Country

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?

About 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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  1. I usually like books better than the movie because it allows you to see the character as you view them from the Author’s description, not from an image on the screen. Plus, movies usually do not stay true to the author’s original work. (example: Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”. The book and the mini series are completely different with only a few character names and minimal plot lines staying within the King’s original story.)

  2. I prefer the book version. It is much more detailed. I realize they have to cut a lot out due to time restrictions, but I’m also always disappointed by the character choices. If I’ve read the book, I have my own idea of what the characters look like & sound like.

  3. I like the book so I can put it down when I need to and pick it back up when I’m ready. I don’t always get to sit down and read/watch something in one sitting.

  4. I usually like the book more than the movie, but there have been instances where I have seen the movie and liked it better. Very few times though 🙂

  5. A lot of the times I like to see the movie first then read the book. If I really liked the movie then the book would fill in some parts that were left out

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