Desperate to escape haunting memories, J. D. Jessup travels from Nashville to Tucson and volunteers on an organic farm. The hardened landowner has one prevailing rule: If J. D. sees an “illegal,” call the border patrol. But when an early morning ride along the fence line leads him to a beautiful young woman named Maria, near death in the desert, his heart pulls him in another direction. Longing to atone for the choices that drove him to Tucson, J. D. hides her and unleashes a chain of deadly events he could never have imagined. Soon they are running from a killer and fighting for their lives. As secrets of their pasts emerge, J. D. realizes that saving Maria may be the only way to save himself.">Skip to Main Content
After a strong description of J.D.’s home and the ranch he lives on, Chris Farber delves into the action packed story of a beautiful seÃ±orita on the run for her life. The internal conflict that J.D. feels as he continues to rescue Maria and is pulled into her situation goes beyond romance. The drama and danger surrounding him forces him to come face to face with his own beliefs and to resolve his troubles from the past. This story may start out with a lot of description but drives right into a race of action packed, romantic, and spiritual turmoil. It’s hard to put down and will cause your heart to race, so consider yourself forewarned if you have any underlying conditions. The characters have so many deep layers that I felt like each chapter peeled away one layer at a time until I came to the end really understanding how the characters felt and why they made the choices they did. J.D. and Maria are much more than two strong people and I savored each new depth revealed about them throughout the book. Chris Fabry not only excels as a story teller, but he knows the world that he depicts. As much as I enjoyed the cliff-hanger experience and getting to know these characters, I came away with much more as I learned about a part of the U.S. that I didn’t know existed. Fiction or not, I was not only moved, pushed to think more about my faith, and enjoyed the suspense of the drama, but I also learned from the research and factual information the author used to create this adventure. I’m sure you will also savor your time with Borders of the Heart. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
What do you do when the laws of man are in direct conflict with the laws of God? That’s the dilemma former musician J. D. Jessup faces when he finds a half-dead woman just this side of the Arizona-Mexico border. His boss has decreed that all “illegals” are to be handed over to the Border Patrol. J. D. sees something in “Maria” he can’t explain and hides her instead. Soon it becomes apparent that she’s being hunted by the sadistic Muerte, head of a powerful, ruthless Mexican cartel. As Maria and J. D. go on the run, they discover they each have dark, hidden secrets they’re reluctant to share. In this edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense, all of the characters ring true, from the inner-city minister to the beleaguered ranchers. Fabry has nailed the attitudes of those in Arizona who deal with undocumented people in both humane and inhumane ways.