Reclaim My Heart

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Sometimes the truth hurts.

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law, and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.

Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and...

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Overview

Sometimes the truth hurts.

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law, and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.

Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn’t rip them apart.

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Editorial Reviews

Wilmington News Journal - Victor G.
"...complex, funny and realistic..." (for Where's Stanley)
Barnes & Noble - Win Johnson
"Readers who enjoy Debbie Macomber’s writing will feel right at home in a Fasano novel."
AutumnReview.com - Reviewer Autumn
"I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a realistic love story."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477817988
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Elkton, Maryland, Donna Fasano met her knight in shining armor — a logical scientist type — when she was still a teen. They married, raised two children, and currently live in Northern Delaware with their wild-dingo-of-a-dog, Roo. Donna loves to read and has an eclectic taste when it comes to fiction. She collects cookbooks and loves to use them. She hikes, bikes, and kayaks (physical activity is necessary due to her love affair with food). Donna has been writing romance novels and women's fiction since 1989. Her books have sold nearly four million copies worldwide, and she is pleased to be able to say she's a USA Today bestselling author.

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    Reclaim My Heart. Donna Fasano. Arc supplied by Netgalley. Am

    Reclaim My Heart. Donna Fasano.

    Arc supplied by Netgalley.

    Among all the high school/university romances around its good to find one about older people. Sometimes you'd think from what's available that anyone over 25-30 isn't interested in sex and love from the number of books around, ( and God help us poor over 50's – we're pretty clearly past it !!) Its one of the reasons I so loved the This Man series – its fantastic writing of course but Jesse is – gasp – 38!!!
    So, the premise that Tyne had a sixteen year old son so thus was older, (hurrah) made this book a must read for me. I'm glad as it offers much more than just a quick hot romance, and covers all sorts of conventional stigmas, unmarried mothers, racial discrimination, and religious bigotry. Its not done in a preaching manner though, but one where its simply part of the story and everyday life. That's how life is for most of us, not some sweet fluffy kittens and hearts rose tinted paradise but a real world where people can be cruel and vindictive.
    Anyway – the people. Tyne is great, struggled to do the right thing, filled with guilt for her earlier feelings on finding herself pregnant as a teen she's done her best to bring up Zach, but as teens are prone to, he gets into trouble one night when she's at work and he's supposed to be safe at home with her fiancé, Rob. Robs' not really interested in Zach and has fallen asleep. She feels the best person to help Zach is his father Lucas, a Native Indian, but Lucas doesn't know she had a child, never mind that its actually his. He takes the news well, and when the judge says he's concerned that Zach was out alone and defacing property with a group of older kids, Lucas suggests he takes Zach and Tyne back to the village he grew up in to meet his relatives and other Native Indians for a month. Tyne hasn't seen her family since Zach was born as they were not happy she was involved with Lucas, being very WASP snobbish type characters.
    Zach's a typical teen, grumpy and sullen and yet keen in intelligence and loves to learn. He's fascinated by his history and gets on really well with his great uncle Jasper, the man who brought up Lucas. There's so much to the story, from racism and bigotry, to the way we lose contact with out backgrounds and family sometimes without intending it. The whole story brings out so much from many of the characters, and we meet people that had long been in the background for Tyne and Lucas.
    They were great characters, still had that spark that attracted them as teens, and it smouldered and fizzled into a blaze after a time. Jasper had a slew of interesting stories. Lucas' mother and the problems of extreme Religious thinking made another fascinating aspect, and then of course there's Tyne’s parents. Each character is carefully chosen and shaped to fit what becomes not just a story of reclaimed love but so much more, forgotten memories and tantalising futures.
    I really enjoyed this book and would happily re read. Its not hot, erotic sex, but a love story that has some well written and hot sex scenes but as part of the story, not one of those where the sex is all the story :)

    Stars: five, a great romance with an interesting and satisfying story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

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    Engrossing and Well Written Novel!

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    Readers of contemporary romance will absolutely enjoy this engrossing and wonderfully written novel about a family in crisis in Reclaim My Heart. Donna Fasano draws her reader in with believable and likable characters who deal with real-life issues.

    Tyne Whitlock, a single mother, is recovering from the shock of picking up her fifteen-year-old son, Zachary, at the police station because he was arrested for vandalizing a school gymnasium. Needing a lawyer for Zach, Tyne turns to the only man she thinks can help, Zach’s father and lawyer, Lucas Silver Hawk. In order to help Zach learn the errors of his ways, Tyne and Lucas take Zach to the Wikweko a Lenape Indian community where Lucas grew up. In her heart, Tyne feels that she has been an awful mother to Zach, especially since he has gotten into so much trouble. Tyne’s doubts about her parental abilities made me empathize with her character—as a mother, I’ve had the same fears too. Tyne and Lucas spend time together, getting to know each other again as so many years have passed since they’ve seen each other. But, Tyne and Lucas are still hiding teenage secrets from each other, and when they finally come clean, they realize that they can forgive each other. Furthermore, they recognize that if they communicate with and trust each other, then there is nothing they can’t handle together—a lovely thing to see. Fasano organically propels the growth of her major characters with the help of secondary character Uncle Jasper. Through the use of stories with messages, Uncle Jasper helps Zach, Lucas, and Tyne learn and grow from the mistakes they’ve made.

    Reclaim My Heart is the first book by Fasano that I have read, and I can tell you it wont’ be my last. The author has an engaging and graceful writing style that I loved. With its well-drawn characters, Reclaim My Heart is an emotional drama the will keep you glued to your e-reader right up to the perfect romantic ending.


    I received an eBook copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Wonderful heritage story

    The portrayal of the importance of learning....and accepting...one's heritage is thought-provoking. Uncle Jasper is truly the kind of person every troubled teen (and many adults) should spend time with. Thanks for finishing this inspirational story!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    *I was provided an eARC in exchange for an honest review* I

    *I was provided an eARC in exchange for an honest review*




    I really enjoyed this novel, it had a very strong message about family, and how much it means to have them in your life, and how the decisions that you make do not only affect you, they affect everyone around you as well. We see this right at the beginning of the novel when we find out that Tyne left her hometown when she was pregnant as a teenager, and did not even choose to tell the father about it, but when it comes down to it, he is the one that she needs help from the most.




    I really liked the characters in this book, Tyne I could see some of my Mom in, she was also a single Mother, and did whatever she had to (working long hours and evenings if need be) to make sure that there was enough to go around. I also think that the author did a great job of portraying her son as a teen that is confused about things in life, and acting out to get attention, who didn't do that as a teen? Not many people I know. 




    When we see the story progress and Lucas takes them back to his hometown we see a very strong Indian influence, especially when we meet Uncle Jasper, he is one of the elders in town, and pretty much raised Lucas after he lost his father when he was young. I think I enjoyed this a lot as it really brings a lot to the story as far as character development. 




    The romance in this book was also really realistic, as there is a history with Tyne and Lucas, and all cannot be forgiven easily, they need to work at it, and see if it is something that they can get through and bring them together again. At the same time that they are doing this, they are also trying to dual parent at the same time which is difficult for Tyne as she has been making all of the decisions till now, but she understands now that Lucas is there, she needs to take his opinion in to consideration. Overall I would give this book a 4/5 and would really suggest picking it up if you like contemporary romance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2013

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    Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano I should be upset with

    Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano








    I should be upset with Ms. Fasano for writing such a topical star-crossed lovers’ story. I feel so fickle, like I have no loyalty to her other stories, which I have loved before. Each new book proves to be my absolute new favorite. I thought I was a loyal person, I really did, but this book is unlike any she has written so far and it blew my socks off.  There are family secrets and lies, cultural differences and bigotry, wrapped in a coming of age story along with reclaiming lost love. This story encompasses at least three generations with multiple levels of complexity and I was afraid some of the story lines would get lost in the twists and turns of the plot.




    Every single character is developed with honesty and compassion; from rebellious fifteen-year old Zachary Whitlock who refuses to take responsibility for his actions to Ruth Yoder who faced responsibility head-on and gave up her baby thirty years ago. I have to say Uncle Jasper was my favorite character, he is one of the reasons I love stories about Native Americans. This is not just a story about star-crossed lovers it is a journey of souls that have affected this couple as well. This is a story about accepting the past for what it is and moving forward.




    The exploration of the human condition that was accomplished in this story is simply amazing.  Kudos Ms. Fasano, if I could give you ten gold stars I would. 




    FYI:
    This book contains adult language and situations that may be offensive to some. The editing and formatting were excellent, I found no issues.




    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** May 20, 2013

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Axel

    Do what

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Shasha

    Got grounded. Won't be back for a while. If you want to talk, send me letters. My address is 460 155th Ave. Turtle Lake, WI 54889 and my rl name is Kelsey Olson. Good bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Jane

    *hugs you* dawddy (oh its cool lol)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Austin

    *picks u up and walks to the living where some of ur toys lay*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Great Native & White American love story!

    Wasn't sure how her fiance' was going to work out in this beautiful love srory - he was a dud!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    I loved it

    Great read..well written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Boring!

    It drug and plot wad a given!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Great story

    I loved this book and will look for more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    lol

    Romance novel haha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Help

    Not

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    mind gripi

    I loved this story and characters. There is a great lesson to be learned behibd this story line. I was so intrtigued with this book and could not put it down. I just had to see what happened next.

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    Posted August 3, 2013

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    Posted August 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Reclaim my heart

    Great book!

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

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    Beyond the entertainment provided by a good book there is often

    Beyond the entertainment provided by a good book there is often more to be gained for a savvy reader. Fictional characters can be like windows into the minds and hearts of others and sometimes can provide a catalyst to a better understanding of ourselves. Any book in the romance genre almost always has this. While we’re being entertained by the foibles and human frailties of the hero and heroine we’re also gaining insight into how other people think and react in different situations. The best authors are keen observers of human nature and able to translate what they’ve found into their stories. I’ve read many of Donna Fasano’s books and from her very first, Mountain Laurel, originally published a few decades ago, have been impressed by her ability to create characters that rang true to life. Reclaim My Heart continues this streak, but it also has something extra.




    In addition to the type of themes you’d expect in a romance novel mostly revolving around romantic relationships, marriage, and commitment, are several others. While issues of the role and importance of the immediate family, a couple and any children involved, this book also explores extended family and how these relationships influence lives in both good and bad ways. Ideas around this subject are looked at from multiple perspectives, Tyne’s relationship with her parents, the relationship Lucas and Zach (Tyne’s son) have with Lucas’ Uncle Jasper, and the relationship between an Amish woman who figures into Lucas’ life and her father. Other themes such as culture, religion or spirituality, and the concept of home and roots (both familial and geographical) play a part in the story. The result is Fasano’s best book yet. One that should satisfy the romance reader looking for entertainment, but a story with more complexity under the surface than a typical romance.




    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 

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