"There is only one force stronger than fear."
This book begins as the story of a daughter (Julia) looking for her father in Burma--the land of his birth. It becomes a potent love story. Love stories--really good love stories--are hard to find, and by extension, must be hard to write. I think that's because in order for a reader to accept the love story, they themselves must, in some measure, fall in love with the characters, or maybe the setting, or circumstance, or writing. At any rate, there needs to be traction. The love stories that fail, in my experience, are those that take too much for granted; they take liberties with the reader and the reader rejects the story. For me, none of that happened with 'Heartbeats'. There was poetry in the small village in the mountains of Burma, and the love that grows between Tin Win and Mi Mi feels natural and inevitable from the start--and not just because they are both broken people, but because Sendker brings them to life in a meaningful and soulful way with a narrative that is infused with introspection and an empathy that reveals a sublime hidden world, not just to Julia, but to the reader as well.
'Heartbeats' will not disappoint.