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Posted May 1, 2008
The characters were so richly developed that I felt as if I knew them and was eager to find out what happened next in their lives. Very admirable first novel - I am ready for the next ones!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2008
I read this book cover to cover in one day. The plot held many surprise and the story itself has real emotional power. I don¿t want to give too much away, but I appreciated that this was NOT about a tired cliché of perfect people in a perfect relationship. These characters overcome tremendous obstacles in the hopes of salvaging something truly authentic. A great read, and a wonderful first novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2008
If you like an emotional, angsty read that never slows down for one single minute, this superbly crafted book is for you. I read it in one sitting, and couldn't put it down because every scene flows so well from the last. The situations and character emotions are rich and intense, and my heart was tied up in knots by the second chapter. So much happens in this book, and there are so many well developed characters, it's hard to believe it's all packed into 250 pages! Bravo, Stella MacLean on a beautiful and poignant debut novel. It has a ton of heart, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves an extremely romantic, character-driven story about undying love that lasts a lifetime. This is category romance at its finest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2008
Heart of My Heart is a poignant glimpse into a time capsule. Stella MacLean makes an impressive debut with Heart of My Heart, exploring the complex relationships of family father-son, mother-son, marriage and the glue that holds them together. Fans of Nicholas Sparks¿ The Notebook will find Heart of My Heart as passionate a love story as any that endures life¿s hardships and joys as it spans a lifetime. Sprinkled with tidbits of the last forty years of history, MacLean revisits a time when Honor Thy Father brooked no argument, when a teenage pregnancy could rip a family apart and cause scandalous ruin. MacLean presents a story so warm and loving you¿ll wish it was yours. While Olivia McElroy¿s husband, James¿s, life hangs in the balance, she reviews the past forty years of their lives. James, after a quick conversation, leaves Olivia alone at their high school prom and flies to Ireland. Forced to flee by an autocratic father who believes in the delineation of the haves and have nots, Olivia is at a loss of what to do. Discovering she is pregnant, she goes against her parents¿ wishes and keeps the baby. Needing to protect her son, Olivia marries Alex, the owner of a restaurant where Olivia works. Meanwhile, James finds the father figure he always wanted in his understanding Uncle Seamus. Learning the electronics business from the ground up, James works tirelessly to please his father and hopefully be allowed to return home and search for the woman he loves. Like Jane Austen¿s Persuasion, Olivia and James find that timing and family interference keep them apart, but can¿t kill their love. I highly recommend Heart of My Heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2008
The highest compliment I could pay any author is to tell them I felt as though I was reading a book written by Nora Roberts, and I did. The story is beautifully crafted, engages the reader from the beginning, and has a wonderful flow. The technique of going back and forth from past to present is a difficult one, but Ms. MacLean does it very well. Her characters are fully developed, the love story itself - and the potholes along the way - are fascinating. You have to keep reading to find out how Olivia and James finally end up together. I find it hard to believe this is her first published novel, as it has the feel of a seasoned writer. I'm looking forward to more of Stella MacLean's stories!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2008
engrossed with book from first chapter. felt I knew the characters and did not want to stop reading until the book was finished.very impressed with ms. maclean's first novel and looking forward to reading her next book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2008
As starry-eyed young lovers heading to their high school prom, Olivia Banks and James McElroy looked forward to many happy years making a life together. Instead it would be many years before they were able to find their way back to one another. I found myself pulling for Olivia and James every step of the way, understanding the obstacles that kept them apart and cheering when they managed to overcome them. I especially loved Olivia, who had to make difficult choices and live with the consequences while never completely letting go of her dreams. If you're looking for a love story that truly lasts a lifetime, I highly recommend this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2008
I loved this book! Heart of My Heart is different than most romances as the story evolves over decades instead of weeks or months. This extended timeline allows the author to explore the incredible character evolution that comes from a lifetime of decisions and setbacks. The heroine, Olivia Banks, faces her challenges head-on with integrity and honor. The love triangle is realistically portrayed ¿ heartbreaking ¿ there is no easy answer. Heart of My Heart, by Stella MacLean, is a fast-paced, emotional read. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2008