Pieces of the Heart

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To escape the stress from her all-consuming job as an accountant, Caroline Collier joins her overbearing mother at the family's vacation home in the mountains of North Carolina. But the serene beauty of Lake Ophelia cannot heal Caroline's heart, which is still broken by the loss of her younger brother, who died when she was seventeen. And the tension between her and her mother still simmers. Only their neighbors, the husband and daughter of one of Caroline's childhood friends, seem able to penetrate her cool ...

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Overview

To escape the stress from her all-consuming job as an accountant, Caroline Collier joins her overbearing mother at the family's vacation home in the mountains of North Carolina. But the serene beauty of Lake Ophelia cannot heal Caroline's heart, which is still broken by the loss of her younger brother, who died when she was seventeen. And the tension between her and her mother still simmers. Only their neighbors, the husband and daughter of one of Caroline's childhood friends, seem able to penetrate her cool reserve, giving Caroline the courage to face her biggest fears-and dive headfirst into life.

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RT Bookclub Magazine
"Heartwarming and intense..a tale that resonates with the meaning of unconditional love."
4 stars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451217677
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 319,502
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.

Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Pieces of the Heart

    Stress from Caroline's job as an accountant is forcing her to take a leave from work, and seeking solace and recovery, she joins her family in North Carolina. Time off brings her anything but peace, however: memories of her dead younger brother haunt her even as she faces a stormy relationship with her mother. Family secrets and family healing permeate a moving story of an adult seeking peace with her past. A recommended read for the topic.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2006

    Good beach read--

    Good look at the guilt and turmoil one goes through after the death of a loved one. Great heartfelt read--Reminds me of another great novel (also a romance) about death--Micah's Child by Lang Buchanan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A terrific insightful character study

    Thirty-one years old Atlanta accountant Caroline Collier has not lived only existed in thirteen years since the death of her beloved younger brother Jude. She has the scar on her chest to remind her of what he donated to her when he died at the accident that almost killed her too. Now she is staying with her overbearing mother Margaret at the family vacation cottage at Lake Ophelia in the North Carolina mountains while she recovers from recent panic attacks caused by stress on the job and failures to gain closure from Jude¿s death and her father¿s desertion.---- Next door is former attorney turned master furniture maker Drew Reed and his teenage daughter Jewel. His late wife Shelby Ann was actually Jude¿s significant other before the teen died. Jewel and her Granny Rainy begin to get Caroline to quilt and swim while Drew finds himself attracted to the girl next door who when she is not scowling is pretty. Though the trio and Margaret reach out to her, Caroline needs to let go of the past if she wants to live life to the fullest with people who love her.---- This is a terrific insightful character study that focuses on several individuals struggling differently with the deaths of loved ones. Caroline who has not completed the five phases of grief is time-locked in the grieving stage mostly because she was there and in his death he saved her life. Her mother cannot stop fussing while her father fled to the West Coast and like Drew and an injured loon reinvented his life. Granny turned to her granddaughter and Jewel cherishes her late mother¿s diary as her survival mechanism. Fans of a deep poignant family drama will appreciate this powerful look at how people deal with the death of a loved one.---- Harriet Klausner

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