Going After the Heart

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Lizzy Bergstrum thought she finally reached a point in her life when she could honestly say she had it all. A thriving writing career. A wonderful daughter. And a marriage to the love of her life. But looks can apparently be deceiving because her husband just walked out on her and their eight year old daughter hates her.

Gavin Bergstrum can't handle the direction his life has taken. Not only did he get laid off from his job, but his wife seems to barely remember he exists. ...

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Lizzy Bergstrum thought she finally reached a point in her life when she could honestly say she had it all. A thriving writing career. A wonderful daughter. And a marriage to the love of her life. But looks can apparently be deceiving because her husband just walked out on her and their eight year old daughter hates her.

Gavin Bergstrum can't handle the direction his life has taken. Not only did he get laid off from his job, but his wife seems to barely remember he exists. Convinced he's tried his best to change things, he begins to wrestle with the possibility of divorce. But he can't think straight in the same house as Lizzy. Hating to leave his daughter, but needing time to think and come to terms with what he feels he needs to do, Gavin decides to return to his small home town in Oregon and stay at his family ranch with his father and brothers.

In shock, Lizzy gives Gavin his space. But as time passes and he doesn't say a word about their marriage, Lizzy decides it's past time she takes matters into her own hands. Without a word, she follows Gavin to Oregon.

Now facing a daughter who blames her for everything, an irritated husband, and a small town that feeds on the drama, Lizzy finds herself trying to figure out how to convince Gavin to give her another chance, teach her daughter it takes two to make a successful marriage, and overcome her own insecurities - all without compromising who she is.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481295420
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/4/2013
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

In between her to-be-read pile and trying to bring the characters in her head alive, Kristen spends as much time as she can with family and friends. Much to her husband’s dismay, she enjoys collecting purses, shoes, and jewelry. During those rare times she’s not working at her day job, rushing her daughters somewhere, watching movies with her husband, and trying to meet a deadline, she can usually be found energetically cheering for one of her favorite New York sports teams.

As with just about every other writer on the planet, Kristen grew up an avid reader. She started with young adult before she technically hit the age range and moved on to sci-fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. At fifteen, her best friend gave her a book she just had to read! The book was Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts. Always a sucker for a happy ending, she was a goner and fell in love with the romance genre. Having started writing novel length stories at the age of eleven, Kristen’s stories all took a romantic turn from that point on.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Great read

    This was a great book. Kept my interest throughout. I enjoyed every page.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Great

    Loved the book. All the characters were so much fun read about. The author had a flair for making you forget it was just story and not part of your own family. Its well worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Every now and then a contemporary romance story comes along that

    Every now and then a contemporary romance story comes along that not only whisks the reader away with a tale of passion and love, but also depicts the reality of issues within a relationship or marriage. In Going After The Heart, author Kristen Beairsto weaves a wonderful tale that mixes enough romance, humor and emotions that will keep the reader engaged and eagerly turning the pages.




    Lizzy and Gavin Bergstrum have been together for fifteen years, with ten of the years as a married couple. As in any marriage, there are the typical ups and downs that they have faced together, but three months ago Gavin up and left Lizzy when he couldn't take being low on Lizzy's priority list any longer. Lizzy is an author whose career has taken off within the last few years, it has taken more and more of her attention, leaving very little left over for their eight year old daughter Sky, and even less for Gavin or their marriage. The final straw that broke the camel's back was when Gavin had tried within the past eight months, and three more times the week before her left, to tell Lizzy that his salesman's position with a hardware manufacturer was in jeopardy due to the economy, but she was always too busy or traveling on her latest book tour, and never found out that he did get laid off. Gavin left for his father's ranch in Selma, Oregon to clear his head, but when three months go by without either one of them addressing the issues in their marriage, Lizzy travels to Oregon with Sky, who blames her mother for the separation, to confront Gavin and hopefully repair their marriage. Can Lizzy and Gavin go after the heart of the matter by figuring out what they really want, or will it destroy their marriage for good?




    Going After The Heart is an enjoyable romantic story that follows the trials and tribulations of Lizzy and Gavin Bergstrum's marriage. Set in the picturesque small town of Selma, Oregon, nestled in a valley of the Siskiyou Mountain range, author Kristen Beairsto weaves a sweet romantic tale written in the third person narrative that alternates between Lizzy and Gavin's perspective on what has gone wrong in their marriage. After a bit of glaring and growling, their undeniable mutual attraction draws them back together to decide what they really want from each other and their marriage. Mixed with humor, passion, romance and emotions, this fast paced story captivates the reader's attention and transport them into Lizzy and Gavin's life as they work out the issues that tore apart their marriage. And if that isn't enough, the author gives the reader an added bonus with another love story interwoven within the storyline between Gavin's younger brother Graham and next door neighbor Clare Wilder. In this romance, Clare has been in love with Graham since she was a kid, but alas ... Graham never seemed to notice her, or did he?!




    This is a story that has a wonderful touch of reality that every reader can relate to when it comes to issues within relationships that motivates people to fight for love and their family. I really enjoyed the mixture of romance, passion, humor and emotion that ran throughout the story. The author does a really good job of interweaving flashbacks of Lizzy and Gavin's relationship in the past with the present. I think it made it easier for the reader to relate to both of the characters, and be able to follow along with their individual perspective of their relationship.




    With a really fun cast of characters (especially Gavin's four lovable younger brothers and his father Ray) whose dialogue and interactions kept me laughing, smiling and sighing; a richly detailed description of the setting that easily transports the reader to the picturesque small mountain town of Selma, Oregon and the Bergstrum family ranch; and a heartwarming storyline filled with romance and family drama; Going After The Heart simply has everything that a reader could ask for in a contemporary romance story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    Kristen pens "Going After the Heart" in a plot that is

    Kristen pens "Going After the Heart" in a plot that is well written, emotional and believable. Her characters are strong, believable, relate-able and have great interaction with one another. A nice contemporary romance story line that kept me interesting from the beginning to end. A must read for all contemporary romance fans.




    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2013

    A wonderful sweet contemporary romance I thoroughly enjoyed. The

    A wonderful sweet contemporary romance I thoroughly enjoyed. The ending wonderfully crafted to leave you in a haze of perfect romance.
    The characters strong each with their own rich personalities that gives the story credibility in the realities of life and marriage in particular.  
    We meet Lizzie an accomplished writer so busy with her career that she did not recognized the signs of an indifferent husband. When he simply left one day she was shocked back into reality and after three months being separated she follows him with determined purpose to get him back.
    Her daughter, eight year old Sky the catalyst motivating her but also dragging her down. Her behavior rude and down right ugly because she did not understand the intrigues between her father and mother. Blaming her mother for the split and making life hard in general. 
    Gavin who felt left behind, not being heard and mostly ignored because of his wife's demanding schedule left to work at his father's ranch after loosing his own work. The company down sizing and he was left with no options. 
    Graham his brother ignorant of Clare's feelings trying to hold on to a childhood friendship not realizing his best friend could also be his lover and wife.
    Buying a house he did the only thing he could to convince her of his love after he royally screwed up. 
    Clare's subtle signs to the man she loves from the age of eleven been ignored. Leaving her frustrated at times, reaching out to Lizzie in friendship. Which of course caused Graham to be jealous.
    Ray the father who stayed mostly in the back ground but the anchor in the family who kept a level head showing his sons the errors of their ways. Loving both his granddaughter and daughter-in-law but giving some chastising when needed.
    Wendy the "villain" in the plot to center them and help them to focus on the issues at hand. Sorting out the every day problems of marriage sharing each others passions and careers. Trusting each other enough to protect and safe what was dear to both. For Gavin to know his wife he was forced to read her books finding more then he bargained for.
    Between too much work and not enough hours in the day Gavin visited her cabin regularly at midnight finding that he still loves his wife but taking his sweet time in saying the words. 
    And of course the Bear and her cups played their role perfectly in bringing the small family back to it all. Realizing that they are meant to be together and that the rest will fall into place. 
    The story line keeps you entertained, easy read and fast paced and deliver a sweet authentic romance. Believable till the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

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    This was not my typical read.  I mean, I am sure plenty of peopl

    This was not my typical read.  I mean, I am sure plenty of people like books about collapsed relationships and them being put back together, but it's not typically my thing.  Too many years ago to count, it seemed like every other book that I saw was about a feuding couple and how they were about ready to divorce and them fixing the relationship.  I think I was burnt out on them, or maybe just  burnt out of the drama laden story lines with the characters doing pages and pages of soul searching monologues. Blech!.  I am a simple girl - give me good dialogue and lots of it and I am a happy camper.  And that is probably why I was drawn to this book. Yes, the drama is there, but so is the dialogue.  The dialogue is witty and thought provoking and snarky and funny and alive . The plot moves along because the characters are interacting with one another.  It is a beautiful thing when done right.  And it was done right in this book.

    We are introduced to the characters Gavin and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bergstrum when she shows up at her father-in-law's Oregon farm three months after Gavin has retreated to it for "time to think".  Basically Lizzy is tired of waiting around for her husband and is there to either get him back or figure out how to move on without him.  Lizzie is upfront and honest about admitting that she had been ignoring her husband due to the demands of her writing career.  She is willing to make changes and compromises to her writing career in order to get Gavin back.  Lizzie just wants the chance to work on it with some honest communication.

    Gavin on the other hand is massively pissed that his wife has intruded on his time away.  He wanted the time to get it figured out in his head whether he wanted to move forward with a divorce.  And now Lizzie has shown up and upset his equilibrium and caused him to reexamine just where the blame in their relationship actually lies. At first all Gavin does is snarl and snap and growl and basically be a horses ass, but he eventually stops and actually talks to Lizzie and not just at her.

    What was great about this book, was not only was this the story of Lizzie and Gavin, but also about Graham, Gavin's younger brother and Clare, a long time friend of Graham.  It was like 2 romances in one.  Plus, Gavin and Graham's dad, Ray was a hoot.  He practically stole every scene he was in.  He dispenses words of wisdom and kicks in the rear in equal measure, dependent on what is needed most.  At this point I want the younger brother's stories, just to be able to see more of Ray.

    I am so glad that I got a chance to read and do a review for this book. There was some minor tear shedding, but more often than not I was giggling and smirking at what was going on between the characters.  This book is getting 4 stars on Goodreads.  I will have to keep my eye on Ms. Beairsto in the hopes of the younger Bergstrum boys getting stories of their own.

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