When I received Wandering Hearts, by Donna J. Grisanti in the mail, I was immediately intimidated by the size of the book. But after the first few chapters, I had been pulled into the story.
At the end of the Great Depression, 18 year old Raine Foster changes her and her young cousinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lives forever when she decides to fake their deaths and run away from an impending marriage to a cruel man. Throughout their journey, they come across many trials and hardships. And they meet many friendly faces as well as dangerous men. With little to no money, things seem hopeless, but help comes from the strangest places.
Grisanti goes to a tremendous effort to give depth to everyone of her many characters. In spite of the colorful story and characters, the narrative remains plausible and realistic for the time period.
Dealing with civil rights issues, love, death, war, faith, and other heavy subjects, this book could easily be marketed as Christian fiction as well as general fiction.
This is GrisantiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first novel, which she completed over the course of five years. You can read an article she wrote on writing novels here at Loveofreading.com.