Friday, March 2, 2012

Heart of the Country by Rene Gutteridge, John Ward - Review of Book, Movie's Contest

About Book

Faith and Luke Carraway have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming successful 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 else to run but home?

Published February 10th 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 13 9781414367712

eBook is available for $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, $2.39, iBooks

Heart of the Country book trailer

Heart of the Country - Be a Star for a Day Contest
from Bay Ridge Films on Vimeo.

Movie   2013

Genre   Family Drama

Studio   Bayridge Films and TBA


Heart of the Country is writer/director/actor John Ward's follow-up to the highly successful, I AM, which was released by 20th Century Fox in October 2010.


A modern re-telling of "The Prodigal" story, in the form of "Wall Street" meets "Sweet Home Alabama" meets Nicholas Sparks.

Plot Outline

A love story between a father and his daughter paralleling the famous parable, The Prodigal Son, enhanced by a portrait of the challenges of modern marriage and family.


Jana Kramer, Gerald McRaney and other cast TBD

Directed By   John Ward

Written By     John Ward

Produced By Wayne Thompson & Anne Hawthorne


About Rene

Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Listen, the Storm series (Tyndale House Publishers) and Never the Bride, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazards series from WaterBrook Press. She also released My Life as a Doormat and The Ultimate Gift: The Novelization with Thomas Nelson. Rene is also known for her Christian comedy sketches. She studied screenwriting while earning a mass communications degree, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University and earning the Excellence in Mass Communication Award. She served as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church for five years before leaving to stay home and write. She enjoys instructing at writers conferences and in college classrooms. She lives with her husband, Sean, a musician, and their children in Oklahoma City.

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My Thoughts

Faith Carraway is a country girl turned socialite.  She is married  to Luke Carraway and madly in love. She wants for nothing.  Before she married Luke she lived to sing but no longer has time for her passion of song or for her family back home.  Luke's brother is not to accepting of Faith in the Carraway family and does not think this little country girl fits into the Carraway's social circles.  

Faith and Luke live the fairy tale relationship until Luke decides to leave the family business and invest in a hedge fund with the Michov Brothers.  Then the fairy tale turns into a nightmare when the Michov's alleged  Ponzi scheme threatens Luke's livelihood and his marriage. 

Faith feels betrayed by his lies and possible involvement in this scheme. Without even a backwards glance she leaves her socialite life behind and heads back to her country life to stay with her father and get her life back on track. Her sister is not too happy to have Faith return home like the Prodigal daughter.  But her father is ecstatic to have his little girl back home.

There is so many facets to Faith's story.  The pending lose of her marriage, her estranged relationship with her sister  and the nurturing relationship with her father.  She finds her roots to be healing and it draws her into a renewal of her spirit. She struggles to accept God's will in her life and can't seem to figure out where she belongs or where she is headed in life.  

So many people go through these same trials in their life.  God has a plan and we don't always agree with that plan. But if we just let go and let God do his job His plan will be fulfilled.

I highly recommend this book.

I rate this book a 5 out of 5.


I purchased a copy of this book from Barnes and Noble and reviewed book  for Tyndale House Publishing .  I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing. I'm always looking for new books to add to my Nook Color.