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Twelve years ago, spoiled Amy Halbert changed her name, demanded her share of the family's money, and dropped out of sight. Now as her father lies dying at the family farm in Kansas, Amy shows up out of nowhere. Her father is overjoyed to see her and learns that she's come to know the Lord. Before he dies, he begs his older daughter, Kathy, to be a good sister and welcome Twelve years ago, spoiled Amy Halbert changed her name, demanded her share of the family's money, and dropped out of sight. Now as her father lies dying at the family farm in Kansas, Amy shows up out of nowhere. Her father is overjoyed to see her and learns that she's come to know the Lord. Before he dies, he begs his older daughter, Kathy, to be a good sister and welcome Amy back into the family. But Kathy struggles with the old feelings of betrayal and bitterness that consume her. How can she forgive someone who brought such misery into their lives? Throughout the tumultuous summer, the two women sort through not only their parents' belongings, but also a past full of questions and pain. Will both sisters find their way home again?


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Twelve years ago, spoiled Amy Halbert changed her name, demanded her share of the family's money, and dropped out of sight. Now as her father lies dying at the family farm in Kansas, Amy shows up out of nowhere. Her father is overjoyed to see her and learns that she's come to know the Lord. Before he dies, he begs his older daughter, Kathy, to be a good sister and welcome Twelve years ago, spoiled Amy Halbert changed her name, demanded her share of the family's money, and dropped out of sight. Now as her father lies dying at the family farm in Kansas, Amy shows up out of nowhere. Her father is overjoyed to see her and learns that she's come to know the Lord. Before he dies, he begs his older daughter, Kathy, to be a good sister and welcome Amy back into the family. But Kathy struggles with the old feelings of betrayal and bitterness that consume her. How can she forgive someone who brought such misery into their lives? Throughout the tumultuous summer, the two women sort through not only their parents' belongings, but also a past full of questions and pain. Will both sisters find their way home again?

30 review for Where My Heart Belongs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I had checked this book out for my grandmother on a whim, because our library's selection of large print isn't too great. I was gathering everything to return and decided I wanted to try this one too. I'm so glad I did! It was really hard to put this one down. I could relate to a lot of the things Sunny had gone through in her life, and how some people will hold those things against you for a very long time. I love the characters as well as the message. It was definitely a good read! I had checked this book out for my grandmother on a whim, because our library's selection of large print isn't too great. I was gathering everything to return and decided I wanted to try this one too. I'm so glad I did! It was really hard to put this one down. I could relate to a lot of the things Sunny had gone through in her life, and how some people will hold those things against you for a very long time. I love the characters as well as the message. It was definitely a good read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Danica Page (One Page at a Time)

    I love Tracie Peterson's books and this is no exception. The story is about two sisters, Kathy and Sunny. Sunny left home twelve years ago and didn't contact anybody in her family. When she returns home a changed person, her dad is ecstatic and welcomes her home like the prodigal. Kathy, however, is greatly displeased. She blames Summer for the problems in her life. The story of forgiveness is touching and I found myself drawn into the stories of these two sisters. Definitely recommend it for any I love Tracie Peterson's books and this is no exception. The story is about two sisters, Kathy and Sunny. Sunny left home twelve years ago and didn't contact anybody in her family. When she returns home a changed person, her dad is ecstatic and welcomes her home like the prodigal. Kathy, however, is greatly displeased. She blames Summer for the problems in her life. The story of forgiveness is touching and I found myself drawn into the stories of these two sisters. Definitely recommend it for anybody who likes christian fiction or romantic christian fiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Hullett

    I usually love Tracie Peterson's books but this one was hard for me to get into. Halfway through the book and it still kept repeating the same issue of the sister returning home and her sister not accepting her. It did get better in the middle and towards the end I was starting to enjoy it more. I'm glad that I finished it as I almost didn't! I usually love Tracie Peterson's books but this one was hard for me to get into. Halfway through the book and it still kept repeating the same issue of the sister returning home and her sister not accepting her. It did get better in the middle and towards the end I was starting to enjoy it more. I'm glad that I finished it as I almost didn't!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I enjoyed this book. The flow was good and it had you wondering about the past life of Amy (Sunshine) and the author summed everything up pretty well. It was the first book I'd read after reading straight thru the 12 left behind series so it was a good place to be. I enjoyed this book. The flow was good and it had you wondering about the past life of Amy (Sunshine) and the author summed everything up pretty well. It was the first book I'd read after reading straight thru the 12 left behind series so it was a good place to be.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becca-Rae Weidel

    *4.5 stars Narration Review: The narrator did a wonderful job of matching her voice to the energy and mood of the story, especially for the more emotional scenes. She was able to make the character voices each sound different and they seemed to match their personalities well. She did a great job at making this novel come to life through her performance. Story Review: While my personal life circumstances are very different, at heart I am Kathy. This story forced me to think through and process some o *4.5 stars Narration Review: The narrator did a wonderful job of matching her voice to the energy and mood of the story, especially for the more emotional scenes. She was able to make the character voices each sound different and they seemed to match their personalities well. She did a great job at making this novel come to life through her performance. Story Review: While my personal life circumstances are very different, at heart I am Kathy. This story forced me to think through and process some of my own emotions through the heart of Kathy's character. Surprisingly there were a few instances where I related to Amy/Sunny as well though. There were multiple scenes that convicted my heart, and others that comforted it. I liked that the story was both from Kathy and Amy's perspectives so that it forces the reader toward a deeper level of empathy for both personalities. It gives a new, more relevant perspective to the story of the prodigal son. The ending was too easy for me, but the conflict and emotion throughout held me captive and was just what I needed right now. 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    A great story about facing heartache and difficulties and finding forgiveness and healing. Some of the ending was a little far-fetched and felt all tied up with a ribbon and bow, but it was nice. I listened to the audio book. The narrator was fine. The music at the start and end isn’t needed, in my opinion. The characters had some very relatable aspects, but I never truly understood Sunny’s hatred for her childhood home life, or not staying in contact. That part just never made sense and I didn’ A great story about facing heartache and difficulties and finding forgiveness and healing. Some of the ending was a little far-fetched and felt all tied up with a ribbon and bow, but it was nice. I listened to the audio book. The narrator was fine. The music at the start and end isn’t needed, in my opinion. The characters had some very relatable aspects, but I never truly understood Sunny’s hatred for her childhood home life, or not staying in contact. That part just never made sense and I didn’t feel like it was truly explained. The overwhelming message for me was the reference to Isaiah and that God can make a new way. That really resonated with me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Modern retelling of the Prodigal Son, except it's a daughter. Amy, now known as Sunny, left home 12 years before. No one had heard from her until she returns home. Sunny has returned just days before her father's death. Her sister Kathy has a hard time forgiving her sister because Sunny's leaving indirectly caused her mother's death. Story of the sisters' making their way back to being a family. Modern retelling of the Prodigal Son, except it's a daughter. Amy, now known as Sunny, left home 12 years before. No one had heard from her until she returns home. Sunny has returned just days before her father's death. Her sister Kathy has a hard time forgiving her sister because Sunny's leaving indirectly caused her mother's death. Story of the sisters' making their way back to being a family.

  8. 4 out of 5

    kathleen s hughes

    A wonderfully written book When I started this story I had no idea it would hit my heart as it did, I saw my life happen in both girls. How God worked within them is amazing. A sad and bittersweet story of family, growth, love, bonding and best of all our glorious Lord Jesus. I'd recommend this story to anyone, especially when in question of forgiveness and rebuilding family. A wonderfully written book When I started this story I had no idea it would hit my heart as it did, I saw my life happen in both girls. How God worked within them is amazing. A sad and bittersweet story of family, growth, love, bonding and best of all our glorious Lord Jesus. I'd recommend this story to anyone, especially when in question of forgiveness and rebuilding family.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Crissy

    Dad is happy to see his daughter return home, her sister not so much. There have been many changes since Sunny left, and many things that aren't understood. The two sisters need to work through so many things before they can move forward. This book was a quick read because it moved so quickly. Everything was settled but I hope we can visit with them once they move. Dad is happy to see his daughter return home, her sister not so much. There have been many changes since Sunny left, and many things that aren't understood. The two sisters need to work through so many things before they can move forward. This book was a quick read because it moved so quickly. Everything was settled but I hope we can visit with them once they move.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Edith G Shearer

    Beautiful story, wonderfully written as usual for this author. Wonderfully written story, she is one of the great storytellers. I was skeptical for a while that they could work out their problems. I highly recommend this and anything by this author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Victorya

    A relaxing read This is a light story of redemption good for a vacation summer read. Not the best writing in the world and some plot lines that are a stretch but fine for a relaxing escape.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Where my Heart Belongs I loved this modern telling of the prodigal son (or daughter, as it were). I loved that it wasn't a beat the word of God into you, but rather a practical application of the word to a modern life situation. Where my Heart Belongs I loved this modern telling of the prodigal son (or daughter, as it were). I loved that it wasn't a beat the word of God into you, but rather a practical application of the word to a modern life situation.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Blackicebob

    Sweet and romantic with a twist of life lessons This sweet and romantic book was full of little surprises. There were many life-lessons and simple reminders of how we are perceived. Made me stop and look at what others see in me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura B

    I got about a third of the way through and just could not stand the repetition any longer, it was just so annoying. I have read one other book by TP, and it also had redundancies but that wasn't this bad. I don't think I'll read any other novel by her, especially if they're all like this. I got about a third of the way through and just could not stand the repetition any longer, it was just so annoying. I have read one other book by TP, and it also had redundancies but that wasn't this bad. I don't think I'll read any other novel by her, especially if they're all like this.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Must read This book made me cheer, cry and made me think about my life. Tracie Peterson's books are never a disappointment Loved the book. Must read This book made me cheer, cry and made me think about my life. Tracie Peterson's books are never a disappointment Loved the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dannielle

    Read All Night Ms. Peterson, has a way with words and with form. Even if you sort of guess the ending she always surprises you. Once I start one of her books, I read all night.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Two sisters learn to reconnect after being apart. their struggles and story in this book. Not my favorite Tracie Peterson book, but still good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Salinn

    So good!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    In this book which I read quite some time ago I remember feeling comfort in the fact that the author didn’t think it was a waste of a woman’s life to be a keeper at home. Bravo to such an author!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Janet Friesner

    Wonderful Another gre.at book by this author. She has the ability to make you a part of her books. You can feel the emotions of her characters. So good.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike Taylor

    Good read This was a good book. I enjoyed the development of the characters. The only reason I gave it a four was it moved a bit slow in places.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    A girl leaves home on the premise that her life is in a deadend in the small Kansas farming community where she was raised, leaving behind everything she's known. Twelve years later, she returns a changed woman. Will her family accept her back? Will the changes at home and the changes within her keep them from finding peace? Very very good book. At moments, you feel you want to reach in there and shake some sense into the characters. Peterson has really hit home with this one. A modern telling of A girl leaves home on the premise that her life is in a deadend in the small Kansas farming community where she was raised, leaving behind everything she's known. Twelve years later, she returns a changed woman. Will her family accept her back? Will the changes at home and the changes within her keep them from finding peace? Very very good book. At moments, you feel you want to reach in there and shake some sense into the characters. Peterson has really hit home with this one. A modern telling of The Prodigal Son parable taught by Jesus.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm a huge fan of Tracie Peterson, and this was definitely not her best. I am so used to her excellence in the historical fiction genre which made this book uncomparable. It was a pretty good modern-day book that related to the parable of the Prodigal Son. It was an enjoyable read, but I felt liked it dragged on a little bit too much. My favorite parts were when the book faded to Sunshine talking about her past. The rest of it was pretty slow going. It wasn't an awful book but probably my least I'm a huge fan of Tracie Peterson, and this was definitely not her best. I am so used to her excellence in the historical fiction genre which made this book uncomparable. It was a pretty good modern-day book that related to the parable of the Prodigal Son. It was an enjoyable read, but I felt liked it dragged on a little bit too much. My favorite parts were when the book faded to Sunshine talking about her past. The rest of it was pretty slow going. It wasn't an awful book but probably my least favorite of Tracie Peterson's novels.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Owen

    My church book club is reading this book. It is definitely a tearjerker - I think I've cried every chapter. It is a modern retelling of the parable of the prodigal son. A little heavy handed with the message the author is trying to promote - that everything we do is a choice. But the plot moves along quickly. OK, I finished the book. In typical romance fashion all the plot points are neatly (if not totally realistically, but hey, it's romance) wrapped up. Good book, not great. My church book club is reading this book. It is definitely a tearjerker - I think I've cried every chapter. It is a modern retelling of the parable of the prodigal son. A little heavy handed with the message the author is trying to promote - that everything we do is a choice. But the plot moves along quickly. OK, I finished the book. In typical romance fashion all the plot points are neatly (if not totally realistically, but hey, it's romance) wrapped up. Good book, not great.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kortney

    I saw this author when I was skimming through the Religious Fiction area of Barnes and Noble and thought the books looked interesting. After choosing this book I found that I liked it very much. The writing very much reminded me of the style that Karen Kingsbury has but also different in many ways. It was a little hard to get into in the beginning but I found after a couple of chapters it moved more quickly and kept my attention.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monkeyface

    Listened to Where My Heart Belongs by Tracie Peterson Amy Halbert had left home 12 years ago, eager to cast aside small-town life. Her sister, Kathy, stayed behind to witness the consequences of Amy's departure. Now Amy has come back, sending Kathy into a maelstrom of emotion. Drawn together by their dying father's wishes, the sisters travel down the road of reconciliation. I give this book 3 stars and a 6. An ok family read. Listened to Where My Heart Belongs by Tracie Peterson Amy Halbert had left home 12 years ago, eager to cast aside small-town life. Her sister, Kathy, stayed behind to witness the consequences of Amy's departure. Now Amy has come back, sending Kathy into a maelstrom of emotion. Drawn together by their dying father's wishes, the sisters travel down the road of reconciliation. I give this book 3 stars and a 6. An ok family read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robynne

    I was going to give this book 3 stars because it was pretty good, but it went on about a hundred pages too long, and I was annoyed that it was taking so long to finish. A little too "storybook" ending for me, but if you're in the mood for that kind of book, this is a good one. I was going to give this book 3 stars because it was pretty good, but it went on about a hundred pages too long, and I was annoyed that it was taking so long to finish. A little too "storybook" ending for me, but if you're in the mood for that kind of book, this is a good one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brie

    I accidentally stole this from my old school Libary. I guess after 3 years in late fees I bought it? I hope.. Oh well, maybe one day ill actually finish this book and enjoy it. But for now it'll sit lonely on my desk. I accidentally stole this from my old school Libary. I guess after 3 years in late fees I bought it? I hope.. Oh well, maybe one day ill actually finish this book and enjoy it. But for now it'll sit lonely on my desk.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deb Brammer

    This is a good basic book along the lines of the prodigal son, but I felt some of the same issues were revisited too often. Some of the problems were resolved too easily making it seem unrealistic. It's not a happy book. This is a good basic book along the lines of the prodigal son, but I felt some of the same issues were revisited too often. Some of the problems were resolved too easily making it seem unrealistic. It's not a happy book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    forgiveness, consequences, sisters, love

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