Friday, March 15, 2019

Hearts Set Free

Hearts Set Free
Author: Jess Lederman
Publisher: Azure Star, LLC
Paperback, 398 pages
ISBN: 9780998603018
Genre: Christian Fiction

About the Book:

Hearts Set Free weaves together three tales of men and women who journey from the darkness of doubt to triumphant faith and from the ache of loneliness to everlasting love:

In 1930, the rag-tag riffraff of a railway stop called Las Vegas need a fighting man to shepherd their tiny church after their pastor is murdered. Might David Gold, a washed-up boxer and Bible-school dropout who fights as the Pummelin' Preacher, be the answer to their prayers?

At the same time, Luke, a native Alaskan boy, is on a quest to find his father, who has abandoned his family for a beautiful woman his mother vows to kill. Little do mother or son imagine that their journey will take them to a small town in Nevada where demons and angels walk among men.

In 2011, Science Cable T.V. producer Tim Faber is determined to prove that mankind has no need of God, while his lover, Joan Reed, strives to regain the faith of her youth. They're bound for Las Vegas to meet with 99-year-old Luke, who holds the key to a mystery they must solve--and answers that will forever change their lives.

Hearts Set Free is a coming-of-age story with strong female characters and historical figures who interact with an unforgettable fictional cast.

My Thoughts:

I will admit, when I first started this book, I really wondered what I got myself into. I had a hard time at first with the time jumps and I abandoned it for a couple of weeks. At that time, I was down with the crud, and I probably had issues of concentration because of feeling so absolutely miserable.

I gave it a second try, and I'm happy I did. The second time, I was mesmerized by the characters and how everything unfolded and linked together. These stories of going from doubt to faith are amazing and just what I not only love to read, but needed to read!

Usually after I finish a wonderful book like this, I pass it on to someone else. This time, I've given it to a family member with the request that it comes back so that I can read it again. I am sure I've missed a number of things that I'll be catching the next time I read it.

Hearts Set Free is a historical/current time Christian fiction book that is worth reading - and reading more than once. It has some fantastic and strong well developed characters that I ended up loving. Make sure to add this one to your must read list this year!

About the Author:

JESS LEDERMAN graduated with a B.A. in music from Columbia University in New York, and a lust for expensive pianos drove him to an unexpected career in finance. As a young man, Lederman gained much that the world had to offer and became a gambler, womanizer, and arrogant atheist. Then the writings of Francis Collins, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald transformed his life, inspiring him to become a follower of Christ.

Lederman is the founder of the website The Works of George MacDonald and is well known worldwide to fans of the much-loved Scottish minister and novelist. He published over forty anthologies on the global financial markets during his business career and now devotes himself to writing fiction. Lederman remarried after his first wife’s passing and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two young sons. To keep up with Jess, visit his newly designed website: .

I received a copy of this book from JKS to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.