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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Hilton Head Island is the idyllic setting in this thought-provoking novel in the Georgia Ayers series. Georgia loved being a mother to her three-year-old son Frankie, being Jon’s wife, having many friends, and frequent walks along the island’s beaches. Two of their closest friends were Henry and Mary Palmer, descendants of the original Gullah people brought from West Africa in the 1700s. They greatly missed their best friends from Nashville, Julie and Harry. At times, Georgia felt unsettled, not sure about professional aspirations or having a second child. While Jon was generally happy with his real estate career, he often had feelings of restlessness. Georgia always wore an amulet as a result of a previous spirit encounter. More strange things were happening, including her son’s visions of spirits. The main message was always to trust her heart which led to the title of this captivating novel written by Annell St. Charles – The Hearts We Trust.
This book is especially interesting for readers who like history and culture; the information regarding Mitchelville, a Gullah, freed-slave community on Hilton Head is intriguing. The spiritual aspects are also fascinating – Frankie’s fascination with “dolfs,” his word for dolphins, an animal known for spiritual meanings; the amulet’s energies; messages from spirits of deceased loved ones; the intuitive abilities of Henry and Mary. All can be challenges in trusting the wisdom of the heart! The author’s writing skills are also outstanding, especially in the way she interweaves several different storylines into one easy-to-read plot. Author Annell St. Charles has written a charming story in The Hearts We Trust. A wonderful read!