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A Hearing Heart

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Great premise, "OK" story...

    I was excited to begin this book as it takes place at the turn of the century in 1901. I enjoy period romances and I thought it was just want I needed; no bad boy alpha-male in sight, just a simple man with a seemingly simple life...

    Jim Kinney's life is anything but "simple", as he is an underpaid stable hand and unfortunately, in his foreseeable furture, also born deaf. Catherine Johnson, a previous New York schoolteacher, who has just arrived in this Nebraska small town, will soon teach a one-room school which will also help her escape the sad memories of losing the only man she has ever loved.

    While shopping in town one afternoon, Catherine witnesses several men torturing Jim and in their dunken state, they beat and eventually tie and drag him from the back of a frightened horse. Luckily, Catherine is able to stop the chaos but not before Jim's injuries are so severe that he is bed-ridden for several days.

    Most people in town only think of Jim as "slow" and would never take the time to realize he's anything but. Socially, stable hands are at the bottom of the heap, although, Catherine notices Jim's obvious intelligence and as he begins to heal, Catherine also decides to take charge of his education - teaching him to read, write and sign - and that's when a forbidden attraction grows between them.

    I really wanted to like this story, although it fell short due to the way this author presented it's third person narrative, hurried nature and lack of character development - not to mention the fact that I was quite truthfully, bored. This book showed great promise, however, the way it was told just couldn't keep that promise - at least for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 26, 2011

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