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Posted December 3, 2011
This is an awesome book. all the stories were wonderfully linked together, this was not your usual romance novel. I loved the different aspects of love,passion and conflict delivered in this book. Flower was one of my favorite characters. Charity has done it again. I have also read The Society of Sinners it was also wonderful.
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Posted May 13, 2012
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite
"A Secure Heart" by Charity Parkerson is a clever and entertaining series of four interwoven romantic stories. Not only do the Smith Security Services team of Shannon Smith, and twins Bob and Weave Sparks, feature in each of the four vignettes, but the other characters that appear are connected in various ways. Gracie and Jacob are brother and sister, but they bump into Flower and Genie and Kera along the way. You look into different people’s lives on the way and see how they interconnect and influence each other. Each story is original, touching, funny, sexy and absorbing. You might think you can predict where it is headed, but there is always another twist waiting around the corner. The characters are complex and strong, yet also comfortingly flawed and human.
'Flowers', 'Chocolate', 'Wishes' and 'Sparks', the four stories in this book, might appear a little glib from their titles at first glance but touch very deep emotions and issues. Can you ditch a facade you have worn for years? What happens when two close friends and colleagues love the same woman? Can a relationship survive when a job separates you for long periods? Each one works brilliantly well and there is no drop in quality in the writing. Parkerson creates all her characters with equal care and affection and there is clearly no end to her imagination in the settings and situations they find themselves in. Sparks fly and wishes are fulfilled in this book which is like a bouquet of flowers with a few thorns included, or a box of sweet and sour chocolates!
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Posted July 6, 2012
The way Ms. Parkerson unified the four parts put me in mind of Dee Henderson's O'Malley Chronicles. The major difference being that Ms. Parkerson's characters have steamy love-making scenes which are not necessarily inside the confines of marriage either. The first such scene that I came across nearly gave me heart flutters.
Still, like Ms. Henderson's work, Ms. Parkerson has strong female and male lead characters. At first blush, these characters appear to be superficial and stereotypical. Upon further reading though, one discovers that they are like an artichoke. You peel off enough layers and you discover their hearts.
In addition, the story line itself is full of intrigue. Once you think that you have everything figured out...well just think again.
I plan on reading more of Ms. Parkerson's books in the future...that's if my Heart is up to it.
Posted November 9, 2011
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