Everything has its price. To gain something, you must lose something. And the dearer the prize, the greater the cost. [In Words by Heart] Lena wins the Bible recitation contest, but she pays with her personal pride. And later, to gain her father's respect, she must force herself to bring those memorized words to life. "A price must be paid" recurs as a major theme in Ouida Sebestyen's novels—Words by Heart, Far From Home, and IOU's…. She tries, she says, to create a "sense of miraculous heroes, a sense of individual worth and potential." She wants her stories to show how things have been, how they ought to be, how they can be.
Sebestyen's characters provide the vehicle for...
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