Sheltering Hearts

Sheltering Hearts

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by Robyn Carr

New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes readers back to her beloved Virgin River country in this heartwarming tribute to Rhonda Clemons, founder of Zoë Institute and a winner of a Harlequin More Than Words award.

By discovering a seed of compassion and nurturing it to effect real change, the dedicated women selected as Harlequin More

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New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes readers back to her beloved Virgin River country in this heartwarming tribute to Rhonda Clemons, founder of Zoë Institute and a winner of a Harlequin More Than Words award.

By discovering a seed of compassion and nurturing it to effect real change, the dedicated women selected as Harlequin More Than Words award recipients make our world a better place. To celebrate their accomplishments, bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing short stories inspired by their lives and work.

This special eBook is yours at no charge because Harlequin is committed to celebrating women¿s efforts and supporting the causes that are meaningful to them. By sharing Rhonda Clemons's story, we hope to turn awareness into action and mobilize others to make a difference.

To find out more or to nominate a woman you know, please visit

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Sheltering Hearts 3.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1413 reviews.
Katie321 More than 1 year ago
Robyn Carr did an excellent job of addressing the subject of domestic violence in this book. Weaving it in with characters from her wonderful Virgin River series was an excellent way to do that as there is a character in the series (Paige) who suffered from that at one point and many other warmhearted, knowlegeable female characters in the series. Robyn Carr is such a good writer and I am so happy that she wrote this book. I think any woman would benefit from reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in one sitting got to the point with out to much graphic. Loved all the characters. Lets woman know they can move on would recommend
sassyRM More than 1 year ago
only has 75 pages....If you aren't in short stories i wouldn't bother...even if it's free...
Dondi5 More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually a "fan" of the Harlequin scene, but.... This is a well written story, integrated with a very real issue. I thought both were treated with respect by the author. Even brought me to tears, at one point. I do recommend this.
Janeiteky More than 1 year ago
I love Robyn Carr's Virgin River series and this short story was a nice addition. Would have liked to have it drawn out a little more into a full novel to develop the relationship between the main characters more, but realize it was a short story. Felt it was kind of rushed to fit into the constraints of a short story. The subject of domestic abuse was nicely woven into the story, although at time it seems it got repetitive a few times. Domestic abuse is an important topic and glad to have a story that addresses the issue in the manner this story did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK., I get that Carr writes to a formula, and when she's at her best, it can be a pleasant, undemanding way to waste a couple of hours. She is not at her best here. I was put off by all the guff about the vastly important (according to Carr) emotional needs of single mothers. Now, I can get behind helping ABUSED women, single or otherwise, but where does she get off saying plain, old, vanilla single mothers are so much in need, not to mrntion, more deserving, of handouts than any other needy person or family? For that matter, what about single dads? And come on, a grocery store clerk with no education is the best choice for director of an organization, even a small one? Um, no, not buying it. And she certainly did deserve firing for her attitude and leacing her till unwatched. Any responsible manager would have fired her. This unrealistic (even fot a Harlequin publication) approach really turned me off. On the other hand, it was free. But that is no reason to praise sheer dreck just because it was free sheer dreck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, but didn't really enjoy this one. She spent so much time repeating the information about single mother support that I felt like I was being lectured instead of entertained. I am a single mom and love the concept of a group available to help women who don't have good support systems, but this story didn't make me feel supported.
soxnbaby More than 1 year ago
liked it . romance with no sex in it. good for tween to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book keeps up the quality of writing and storyline seen in the previous books. i've read them all and love the characters and setting of the small town life. there is romance and falling in love and not just sex for the sake of having sex and it's a nice change. i already have her next books on my wish list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the characters to be well done and the overall book is great read. Defines domestic violence and promotes the self growth of single moms as well as educating us on thier needs. The story line is excellent and I would have liked to stay in Dory and Clay's life a bit longer. I Recommend this book.
khammond More than 1 year ago
Great book that actually deals with reality. The emotional upheaval is accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet and clean but not cheesy. Loved the storyline and characters. Only problem........ Idid not want it to end! All I wanted to do was keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like this book could have been longer. It was really short and felt unfinished to me. I recommend all of Robyn Carr though!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story moved a bit slow for being so short
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was such an amazing read and true story line that happens more often than people realize or think. I was moved on the beginning, middle and end of the story even though it was a short read - there was enough to get you thinking. In brief, life is a game full of chances, hope, and new findings. How you respond can make a huge difference in the outcome. This book reflects it such a way most women would swallow and envision what would I have done. Read it for pleasure and measure.
csi_nook More than 1 year ago
Great Read. Realistic story line with a helping community message interwoven through-out. It is a Harlequin - so lets not forget the fact it does have its shade of romance. The romance is very tasteful, very sweet, very touching. Rated G - not steamy or offensive. Recommended.
A_G_D More than 1 year ago
This book is a tribute to the Zen Institute who provides support to single mothers on their way out of abusive relationships. This is the story of Dory, a single mother of two, who upon inheriting a small house from her uncle moves to California and seeks the help of a similar organization determined not only to survive but also to be a good mother to her children and independent from the world. Soon after starting attending their meetings she becomes part of it as one of the members on the board of directors. Lacking a proper location for their organization as well as the financial means to turn this into an actual support foundation the four women involved do whatever they can to help those women in need. But in spite of her dedication, Dory can't support her family from volunteer work so she juggles a full-time job at a grocery store while taking her kids back and forth from school and to their various activities. With wounds still very raw from her failed relationship she is reluctant to accept the help of any man so when one day her handsome neighbor Clay offers to look at her dying car she easily snaps at him and gives him every reason to stay away. But not all men are the same and she is about to find out that life has its wonderful moments too, full of suprises and fullfilment. I enjoyed her story because this is a woman who in spite of the challenges faced in her life, not only has the strength to move on but also help others. I recommend it because it brings to attention a very important topic that gets so easily overlooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like writing bad reviews, however, I didn't realize upon downloading this book that it'd be ALL about the Zoe Institute and the program established by the protagonist. It was a great story line, however, it seemed like advertising or like a spin off of the author's life than a story. As part of the Harlequin "Series" I was disappointed, but it was well written and very down to Earth.
HermoineGranger More than 1 year ago
I typically read murders, mystery novels, or romance. I took a chance on this book as it didn't sound like something I would normally read. It wasn't a bad book...just not for me. If you like books with little action but made you warm and this book.
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Really good;)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a page turner. Like most Virgin River books the sense of community is a central theme, with strong characters helping each other.
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KJKearns More than 1 year ago
All of the books by Robyn Carr have been exceptional as they contain an on-going group of ever increasing central characters and yet function very well as stand-alone books.   This book deals extremely well with the difficulties of single mothers and with the emotional pitfalls of abusive relationships, as well as the demeaning way some employers treat single mothers in particular and women employees in general.   Good work, Ms Carr!