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Posted August 19, 2011
Librarians have long been a popular heroine in romances. No wonder. They are intelligent yet quiet, often secretly longing for a more exciting life, and coaxed to love for the first time. In Mended Hearts by Ruth Logan Herne, the librarian theme is given a contemporary twist with a heart-broken librarian who hides from the world due to headline-inspired events. Taking inspirational romance to a new level, Herne's story demonstrates how love and friendship provide healing in the wake of tragic experiences and is a lesson to all who have isolated themselves due to their own fears.
In this gut-wrenchingly wonderful romance, Herne introduces us to Hannah Moore, a recent resident of Allegany County. As someone longing to stay safe and not take risks, her thinking is challenged by a very intense yet understanding hero, Jeff Brennan. Hannah is a part-time librarian and tutor who otherwise stays uninvolved in her community. She also doesn't do romance, no way, no how. Due to manipulation on the part of wise women, she finds herself teamed with businessman Jeff on a library fund-raising project. From the moment he steps into her life, she is challenged, supported and wooed in a way she hadn't thought possible. One of my all-time favorite heroes, Jeff has his own challenges to face and learns from Hannah's example as she confronts her fears and comes to terms with her past.
Mended Hearts ended too soon for me. Fortunately, Allegany County continues to be full of stories and secondary character Matt is due his own romance. I can't wait.
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Posted July 25, 2012
I really enjoy Ruth Logan Herne's books. She has a warm cozy wri
I really enjoy Ruth Logan Herne's books. She has a warm cozy writing style that brings you into the hearth and home of the characters. This book had a nice story, but I sometimes felt that I was reading the author's voice instead of the character's voice. I'm not aware of many men who would use internal thought such as "darling girl" or "delightful girl". This seems as if it is the author not the character speaking and it didn't ring true for me. Many times I thought Jeff wasn't completely flushed out as a character.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2011
A thought provoking, romantic read
Jeff Brennen the hero is everything I wanted to dislike about corporate America but he wrecks the stereotype in delightful ways. Hannah, the heroine has a painful past not of her own making and seeing her heal through the cast of supporting characters was enjoyable. I typically don't enjoy a book so much where one good honest sit-down and have it out conversation will bring to rights what keeps the hero and heroine apart but in true Ruth Logan Herne style she makes the dance these two do page-turning worthy with bits of humor, reflection, and wisdom that I've come to expect in any book with her name on it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2011
A romance to warm the heart
Ruth Logan Herne knows how to get to the heart of her characters. Mended Hearts is a delightful story of small town living and relationships. Her Men of Allegany County series bring the small upstate New York area alive. Not to mention the men are wonderful heroes. I look forward to reading Yuletide Hearts, coming out in November.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2011
Funny, wise, a beautiful story
This is a truly beautiful love story. There is so much going on and I loved these characters so much, the hero and heroine but also all the other characters who inhabited the pages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
My only objection is I needed more. I wanted to stay with those people and be their friend for a lot longer. Mended Hearts promises to be part of a series called Men of Allegeny County and I love that. I get to go back!
I'm also hungry for sponge candy and caramels.
Posted November 15, 2011
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Posted November 5, 2011
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