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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Hidden Under Her Heart follows two main characters, Lucas and Ma

    Hidden Under Her Heart follows two main characters, Lucas and Maryanne, and their life in California. Maryanne is an allergy nurse, and Lucas is an athlete, training for triathlons and the Olympics. They meet one day when Maryanne has to give Lucas shots for his various allergies, and after a silly, kind of juvenile prank, they start seeing one another.

    Despite Maryanne’s many failed relationships, she tries to be a good person for Lucas. Not too clingy or needy, but that really doesn’t happen for her. She ends up pushing him away and falls victim to a stupid guy and is given the date rape drug at a party. She doesn’t remember her night and the rape when it happens.

    Eventually, she finds out she’s pregnant, and then Lucas is framed for her rape by some crazy church whose party she attended.
    Okay, so, not to give too much away, I will go on and say that Maryanne and Lucas have to deal with a lot in their lives. They have an on and off again relationship. They can’t see eye to eye on many things, including abortion. Also, Maryanne is extremely clingy, which I found was a downfall, but very much in her character.

    I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5. Honestly, the only reason I’m hesitant to give it a full 5 is because of Maryanne’s clinginess and neediness.

    But, as the story progress and Maryanne and Lucas debate over the abortion issue, the story gets more interesting because you’re rooting for a happy ending, although a happy ending doesn’t make that much sense since she was raped. How can one recover from that?

    The story is a beautifully written tale about dealing with rape and pro-life/pro-choice issues. Despite the horrific issue of killing babies, Rachelle weaves a wonderful tale about how pro-choice characters end up seeing the value of life from conception.
    Would I recommend this book? You betcha! In fact, pick it up now!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

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    While I really love Rachelle Ayala's book, this was not one of m

    While I really love Rachelle Ayala's book, this was not one of my favorites. Don't get me wrong, the writing is a good as ever, the characters are very complex and realistic, and the story line is great. The reason it isn't my favorite is that it made me so emotional! I found myself so irritated at the main characters that I would have thrown the book across the room several times if I hadn't been reading it on my iPhone! Maryanne is so absolutely frustrating at times. She is determined to ruin any relationship she has with her distrust and insecurity. Lucas has a huge chip on his shoulder about both his color and the fact that an ex-girlfriend had done something he considered unforgivable. Both of them really knew how to make the worse of every good situation it seemed.

    The book also made me cry. The story is at times completely heart wrenching. Reading this story was like being there at times. If I could have held Maryanne in a tight hug through parts of the book, I would have. She goes through a lot in the story, often alone, and really is so helpless at times. Lucas, while stronger in some ways, is just as needy as she is. They are actually perfect for each other, even if it does seem like it would be a totally co dependant relationship.

    The topic of abortion is the main theme throughout the book and I think it was handled well. Rape, depression, suicide, and love are also topics that are handled beautifully in this well written, thought provoking book. If you think that these topics would be too hard for you to read about, I would suggest you think carefully before reading this book. There are some really emotional scenes that might disturb some people

    I recommend this book to anyone that can handle the topics, and that enjoy a sometimes frustrating but all together heart touching and romantic story.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy free for reviewing purposes. Regardless, all opinions are my own. I was not required to leave a positive review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    Serious questions and faithful answers: Lucas wants to get fit

    Serious questions and faithful answers:

    Lucas wants to get fit for the triathlon. Maryanne wants to progress in the medical field. And each would like a relationship with “someone who loves you whether you’re sad, glad, or have a bad hair day.” They meet when Lucas comes into Maryanne's clinic for his allergy shots and their conversation strikes sparks. But soon those sparks are warm with the fire of a developing relationship.

    Author Rachelle Ayala creates pleasingly natural characters in her novel, Hidden under her heart. Neither wants to rush into anything physical, and both are content to slowly get to the know each other—a process the reader enjoys too as they camp amid beautiful scenery, watch the sunset and enjoy shared activities. But Lucas and Maryanne have both been hurt before and dark times loom. Closed doors, dark rooms and physical assault lead to interesting questions of morality, prayer and control.

    “Help me to understand her and be compassionate,” Lucas prays, but soon the reader learns why that understanding might be hard to find. Traumatic fears and dreams parallel agonizing decisions about the life of an unborn child. But the tension is eased with some wonderfully humorous scenes as it rises to the story’s dramatic and exciting conclusion.

    There’s more to abortion than a strong woman’s decision, God’s instant condemnation, or a pragmatic plan for the future. Hidden under her Heart invites readers to think for themselves, even while offering an enjoyable romance, fast action, and a distinctive and persuasive Christian view.

    Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free ecopy of this novel, but I can’t remember how or when.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    This book constantly had me on the edge of my seat as Maryanne a

    This book constantly had me on the edge of my seat as Maryanne and Lucas tried to figure out their relationship, Maryanne tried to decide what to do with the baby and as Barry kept harassing her! It's definitely one of those books that makes you stop and think about what you would do if you were in the situation.

    At times, it was very frustrating dealing with Maryanne and Lucas' wishy washy decisions. I wanted to scream at them that they both loved each other so stop fighting it! But that's a sign of a good book when it makes you actually feel something.

    I feel like the primary conflict of the book was Maryanne's rape but the book mainly focused on Maryanne and Lucus' relationship. The end of the book was very climatic and then I feel like it took a totally different turn and didn't really address the whole paternity except with a paragraph in the epilogue. Still a good read and one of those books that you can't wait to start reading again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Realistic emotional roller coaster. While dealing with an unplan

    Realistic emotional roller coaster. While dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. A young nurse deals with the life decisions of caring for this child after it's conception. The way the male figure deals with the outcome of her rape is exceptional. Well written.

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