Born gifted with a rare seventh sensethe ability to read human hearts coupled with keen intuitionKate Kindrick struggles to understand her capabilities. She is often bewildered by her unique perceptions combined with seeing symbols and panoplies of color in peoples hearts.
Kates parents fear that their young daughter suffers from delusional psychosis. Their concerns are intensified by her claims that she has conversations with an angel. Only her grandmother, who is gravely ill, and her uncle, a famous writer, encourage Kate to develop her gifts.
Yet its her naivet of the intuitive signs that augur trouble. When she doesnt heed an inner warning, her world spins into a dangerous spiral that spells hazard for her and those she loves. Her antics land her cherished uncle in the hospital. His life hangs in the balance.
Just when she believes things couldnt get worse, her life cascades down a doubly treacherous path. She is forced to spend extended time with her teenage cousin, Marilla Marzy, and the girls sinister fatherVaynem Moxsin. Tormented by both of them, she prays for rescue. Shocking events transpire.
This captivating novel explores issues relevant to many of todays societal woes: prejudice, abuse, eating disorders, and limiting belief systems. It delves into the mysteries of death and of angels, plus intuition, finding God in all, and true love.
Full of spirit, this poignant story brims with inspiration, daring, and hope.
The Girl Who Could Read Hearts
Well written with focus on faith, family, inclusion and tolerance
All through an innocent child's eyes
Magical Realism at Its Best
Six-year-old Kate Kindrick is not like most little girls. Born with the magical ability to read people’s hearts, Kate is tiny, but mighty in her awareness and blessed with many gifts. When Kate was born, her dear grandmother, Grammy Mer, gave her a beautiful angel doll named Etta Ebella, that only rarely leaves Kate’s sight, but the doll has magical qualities and at times is very much alive. Etta Ebella becomes a silent staple in the story as much of what transpires in Kate’s life and her families is closely connected to the angel. Author Sherry Maysonave builds a strong main character in a child, one that remains poised and strong, while still remaining a little girl, filled with trust, wonderment and belief.
After a birthday candle mishap, Etta Ebella is burned and Kate’s favorite uncle, TT, decides to take Kate to his new friend Angelique’s house, a real angel doctor and pediatric plastic surgeon. The Girl Who Could Read Hearts follows the action through many of the characters eyes and the story blooms into something beautiful and hopeful, even in spite of some of the events within the story. Kate is able to decipher danger, although not completely avoid it, knows when Etta Ebella speaks to her, when all the angels do and also is wise beyond her years. Kate and her family face dark issues, some within their own homes, but Kate and her connection to the divine help everyone to see the light. At one point, Kate’s mother begins to wonder if her little girl needs to see a child psychologist, but the love that all of the family shows for her and her attachment to her special doll, shows that the love of family, is one of the greatest loves of all.
The Girl Who Could Read Hearts is full of magical realism, family values and excitement. Each member of Kate’s family seems to have their own moments of discovering themselves and coming together. The otherworldly, divine aspects that Etta Ebella brings to the novel, take the story to another level by adding a new dimension to Kate and her family. There is often more than what is seen on the surface and Etta Ebella and Kate’s gifts reflect this. Author Sherry Maysonave beautifully builds an engaging and admirable main character in Kate and opens up the hearts of her characters by sharing their thoughts and concerns to the reader on an intimate level.
Very well done
When I began reading this book several months ago, I really did not know what to expect. For the first three or four chapters I found it to be tough sledding, I found it difficult to get into where it was going. (I should confess that I am used to reading technical manuals and scientific works.)
But I kept at it, and at some point it jumped out at me. I became swept up in it and could not put it down. About halfway through the book, I started having dreams about I think I must have been enjoying the book on a subconscious level too!)
I like to read slowly, to appreciate the words and images that the author is creating, to reflect, and I began really appreciating Sherry‘s style. She is a master at creating characters and embellishing them to carry the story. I loved how she makes angels real (I happen to know they are) and brings Jesus here take Grammy away. The ‘Merlin gene’ was particularly insightful!
Of the forty or so books I’ve read this year, this one rates at the top. Craftsmanship, uniqueness, intrigue... I have seriously enjoyed it!
And lastly, I should relate that I felt personally connected: I was born at Alta Bates !