Bleeding Heart

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Liza Gyllenhaal has charmed readers with her ?gripping and deeply perceptive? (Ben Sherwood, Author of Charlie St. Cloud) novels. Now the author of A Place for Us brings us a captivating new story about a woman?s struggle to rebuild her life after scandal destroys her marriage....

After her accountant husband disappears with millions of dollars stolen from his company?s clients, Alice Hyatt flees New York City and moves to her family?s longtime summer home in a small ...

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Overview


Liza Gyllenhaal has charmed readers with her “gripping and deeply perceptive” (Ben Sherwood, Author of Charlie St. Cloud) novels. Now the author of A Place for Us brings us a captivating new story about a woman’s struggle to rebuild her life after scandal destroys her marriage....

After her accountant husband disappears with millions of dollars stolen from his company’s clients, Alice Hyatt flees New York City and moves to her family’s longtime summer home in a small town in western Massachusetts. There she begins to make a new start, reconnecting with old friends and finding peace—and a growing sense of pride—as a landscape architect.

When extremely wealthy newcomer Graham Mackenzie asks her to design an elaborate garden for him, she can’t turn down the opportunity despite misgivings about Mackenzie’s energy company, which specializes in the controversial practice of fracking.

But just as the project nears completion, she learns Mackenzie’s offer is not all that it seems. Once again, Alice finds herself embroiled in someone else’s crimes, this time putting her newfound success—and possibly her life—in jeopardy....

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-09
A landscaper thinks she's designing the garden of her dreams…until money troubles and a possible murder pull her into a nightmare.Alice Hyatt is trying to move on with her life after her husband's disappearance; he took millions of dollars and a female accomplice with him. She finds solace and stability in her landscaping business, Green Acres. When nearby millionaire Graham Mackenzie asks her to design his garden, she can't say no—not just because he promises to give a generous donation to her best friend's charity, but because she wants to take on the challenge of creating the most beautiful garden in the Berkshires. Mackenzie doesn't exactly have a spotless reputation, however—he earned his money in the hydraulic fracturing industry, and many residents aren't happy about it. Alice's controversial client soon causes her problems with many locals, including Tom Deaver, the environmental writer on whom she develops a crush. But Mackenzie doesn't really cause trouble until he drops dead—without paying Alice the hefty check she earned by creating his garden. When the police reveal that Mackenzie died under suspicious circumstances, Alice realizes that she's a suspect. It turns out most people in town had a motive to kill Mackenzie, and Alice takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of the mystery. "Gardening thriller" may seem an unlikely genre, but Gyllenhaal (A Place for Us, 2013, etc.) pulls it off. The novel deftly balances comforting descriptions of gardens and small-town life with the suspenseful unraveling of a mystery. A compelling story of one woman's attempt to find herself, build her business and solve a mystery.
Library Journal
10/15/2014
Welcome to Woodhaven, an idyllic small town in Massachusetts where everyone has something to hide. Gyllenhaal's (A Place for Us) latest novel follows the plight of Alice Hyatt, a newly minted landscape architect who's busy rebuilding her life after her accountant husband disappeared with his clients' money. With a promiscuous, gold-digging best friend and a sarcastic, ultraprivate assistant, Alice has thrown herself into her work to avoid her painful past and the possibility of forging new emotional ties. When billionaire and fracking expert Graham Mackenzie moves into town, he enlists Alice as the architect for his gardens. Recognizing the opportunity to make a name for herself and her company, Alice jumps in despite the warning bells in her mind and a stern warning from Tom, a handsome environmental activist. When Graham's company begins to tank and his health deteriorates, Alice once again is thrust amid criminals and into a future that is less than certain—only this time her life is on the line. VERDICT The multilayered plot and deceptive characters makes this a strong crossover chick lit/mystery novel. Great for book club discussion groups.—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451466709
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 362,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Liza Gyllenhaal

Liza Gyllenhaal is the author of A Place for Us, Local Knowledge, and So Near. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and the Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts.
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  • Posted December 14, 2014

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Alice Hyatt has

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    Alice Hyatt has already endured one crazy spouse scandal and I love how this book opens beyond the scandal and even beyond her recovery from the sandal.  She has moved and set up her own business that is slowly building at the perfect pace.  Through a series of events, she ends up working for someone new building in town and although it takes a while drama ensues!

    It was so quick and easy to get into this book and to root for Alice.  I wanted to succeed even more so than most folks because of the past that she had overcome.  I also completely enjoyed reading a book about a character that had passion for gardening - I actually learned a few things which is always a plus.  Reading books with characters who have different hobbies is such fun because you as the reader may learn a thing or two, but you aren't aware that you are learning!

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  • Posted November 17, 2014

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    bleeding Heart by Liza Gyllenhaal

    Liza Gyllenhaal brings readers another great novel set in the Berkshires. Bleeding Heart is one part chick lit, one part mystery and one part gardening tale and that adds up to one very special book. Readers who are looking for a strong female lead character, who is observant, smart and a wonderful gardener will love Alice Hyatt. Gyllenhaal not only engages the reader by providing a solid mystery, but her attention to detail and description is simply exquisite. What I liked: I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book since I had never read any of the author's other work. But I will have to say, I was really impressed with Bleeding Heart for several reasons. It is obvious that the author knows her subject matter. Her descriptions and way of writing about gardens felt very authentic and believable. Gyllenhaal has to be a gardener in her own right to be able to write this way. I not only wanted to dive into this book for a good read, but I afterwards I really wanted to plan out my own garden right down to the flowers and accents that I wanted in it. That's definitely going beyond the book. Alice Hyatt was a woman who was used to scandal. She was implicated in her husbands scheme to steal millions of dollars but she lived through it and not only survived but thrived. She moves to her grandparents home in Berkshires where she spent many a pleasant summer. She has moved on from her trauma and has her own thriving landscaping business, appropriately named, Green Acres. I liked Alice right away. She was resourceful and resilient. She took a bad situation and turned it around. When she becomes embroiled in yet another situation that ends her up as murder suspect she doesn't go down without a fight. She starts poking around and looking into things and she really struck me as woman who was determined not to let life get in her way. I loved her! Graham was such an interesting character. He is rich man who has made his wealth from a less than environmentally sound business practice, called fracking. If you don't know what that means, you will after you read this book. I love it when a book not only entertains me, but also educates me. And I felt like that was one of the things I took away from this novel. Not only did a learn what fracking meant, but why is was bad. I learned a ton of things about gardens that I had no idea about before and I learned the ins and outs of gardening as a business. It was a very good read, interesting and thought provoking. Bottom Line: There are so many good reasons to read this book. It was insightful, very descriptive and had a strong main character that readers will want to root for. I felt the authenticity of the authors gardening abilities on every page. It was just a joy to read. Who ever thought of a garden thriller? Great concept. Exceptional book!

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