When Hearts Conjoin

While at the LDS Storymakers Conference, I was talking to Tristi Pinkston, and right next to her was sitting the famous Lu Ann Staheli. I say famous because it seems as though I have seen her name in many, many places in the LDS blogosphere. Have I said that LDS Storymakers is the best conference I have ever been to? SUPERB. I met so many cool people there. But I digress . . .

Tristi asked me to do a review of an ARC she had with her, which made my heart skip a beat. Another review? Thank you Tristi! But then, shock of all shocks with which I have ever been shocked: Lu Ann said, “Daron, would you like to do another review?”

Good thing I didn’t fall on the floor dead right then and there. That would have been embarrassing.

Well, Lu Ann, here is the review I just posted on Goodreads. You are a fantabulous writer.

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When Hearts Conjoin

This is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. Even though I knew what the outcome of the story would be as I turned the pages, I was pulling for the Herrin family, especially Erin, as I read about their struggles over all of those long, trial filled years. She is one tough woman. Congratulations to both her and her husband Jake for their beautiful family and the happiness they have found together. What a wonderful testament to forgiveness, love, and miracles. I am sure that Heaven has many special blessings yet in store for them. May God continue to bless the Herrin family!

And as for the co-writer of the book, Lu Ann Staheli, I was mightily impressed by her skill in weaving the tale. This is the first work of hers I have ever read. Only a driving need for sleep allowed me to put the book down, and then only until I knew I had time to finish the other half of the book in one sitting.

Fantastic. Go get this book.

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When Hearts Conjoin — 7 Comments

  1. Thank you, Daron, for your kind words. I suppose my name is well-known in the blog-o-sphere, and with anyone who reads credits in books because I have some great writer friends who are kind enough to thank me in their books as well. If anyone would like to buy a copy of When Hearts Conjoin, they can be ordered online at http://www.utahtwins.com or http://www.whenheartsconjoin.com. Thanks!

  2. Great review! (And I love that you said fantabulous!)
    Lu Ann, you ARE known in the dedications and acknowledgments! You’re all over the place! =]

  3. One of these days if I branch out and break my Sci-Fi/Fantasy addiction, and just get into good meat-and-potatoes fiction, I’ll have to start with the list of books you’ve reviewed, Daron. Good stuff.

  4. Thanks for the comments folks. I have thought a lot about this review in the past day or so. I had this nagging question: WHY did I like the book so much? I finally have an answer:

    1. I was born with a heart defect. The first few years of my life were sickly. I had corrective surgery when I was strong enough, right before my 5th birthday.

    2. I have children of my own, thankfully, all healthy.

    My issues were no where near what the issues were with these two girls and their family. But, I have had a small taste of hospital life. I am grateful for hospitals and doctors. At the same time, I hate hospitals.

    Not trying to get personal here, but now I know, at least for myself, why this story struck a chord with me. Thanks again for your comments!

  5. Daron, you are a winner on my blog. Please contact me at bhansen22 at msn dot com.
    Jennie Hansen

  6. I enjoyed your review and especially your last comment about your own heart defect which made the story speak to you. I’ll have to add this to my reading list. 🙂
    I posted a review about the Scrapbox on my blog, if you’d like to see a pic, come visit!

  7. Where would we be without the life-saving skills of doctors, nurses, and technicians? I'm sure all of us have been touched by their skills many times in behalf of ourselves and those we loved. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Daron!

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