Each page of ‘Reflections of the heart, a story of hope’ will leave you wondering what will happen next. The opening scene is in a hospital setting and this immediately lets the reader know that something has happened. You are immediately hooked and must continue reading in order to discover what took place. This intense and gripping book centres on the somewhat cushioned life of an African girl, Kui, who grows up in pre and post-independent Zimbabwe. The first few chapters are a detailed narrative, laying a foundation for the story by describing Kui’s background and upbringing, particularly her high school years. This is important in understanding who Kui is and setting the context of the novel. The story evolves and becomes progressively conversational. It highlights the situations Kui comes across as the years progress culminating to the events that led to her life reaching rock bottom. Somehow through it all God enters the picture, but will Kui take this life line? A significant portion of the book focuses on the soul-searching and turmoil within Kui’s heart together with her thoughts and feelings, which she keeps to herself. The story and characters may be fictitious but the emotions and feelings of rejection, low self-esteem,disappointment and pain are very real - each reader will relate to one or more of these. The story touches on a wide range of very relevant and timeless topics. These include social concerns such as the discrimination of people living with HIV and AIDS, the differing social classes and racism. Other issues covered include a father’s neglect, betrayal, teenage love and forgiveness. It will also inevitably appeal to a wider audience such as those who like boarding school type novels, novels with a diary or memoir flair, romance and a bit of humour. The book is primarily for readers searching for answers and a purpose in life, and needing encouragement, and hope. You cannot read the book and go away without being impacted!