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Through the Heart: A Novel

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From the bestselling author of They Did It with Love, a chance meeting ignites romance and results in murder

Nora and Timothy have lives that are worlds apart. Nora lives in a small Kansas town, living paycheck to paycheck, working in a coffee shop. Timothy lives in Manhattan, responsible to no one and nothing except managing his family's millions. When these two meet, it seems like the beginning of a fairy tale. Except Nora is not your typical damsel in distress, Timothy does ...

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Overview

From the bestselling author of They Did It with Love, a chance meeting ignites romance and results in murder

Nora and Timothy have lives that are worlds apart. Nora lives in a small Kansas town, living paycheck to paycheck, working in a coffee shop. Timothy lives in Manhattan, responsible to no one and nothing except managing his family's millions. When these two meet, it seems like the beginning of a fairy tale. Except Nora is not your typical damsel in distress, Timothy does not quite fit the role of a gallant prince, and fairy tales don't include a dead body.

As Nora and Timothy take turns telling their sides of the story, the reader is caught in the net of their love, and the chilling murder that results. With big questions of love, fidelity, filial responsibility and the role of fate, Through the Heart is a page-turning love story with a jaw dropping twist readers won't soon forget.

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What People Are Saying

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"Morgenroth's full bodied characterizations, even of minor figures, plus the powerful forward motion of her narrative make this unusual mystery absolutely compelling. Quite possibly a breakthrough by the author They Did It with Love."
-Booklist

"With character studies, a deep love story, challenging yet wildly differing filial duties, and a murder mystery, the only disappointment is that this beautifully gripping novel ends. Highly recommended."
-Library Journal

"Morgenroth's devilishly sly approach to this story is uniquely unnerving for what it doesn't make obvious, providing a great deal of unexpected suspense without a single drop of blood falling for the most part of the read...An excellent character study, an astounding mystery; this read reinforces the idea that literate fiction and mystery can coexist in one book."
-New Mystery Reader

"If you like a sexy mystery, Morgenroth keeps the finger of suspicion rotating faster than a game of Spin the Bottle." —Marie Claire

"Morgenroth's greatest accomplishment is the ease with which she describes a certain kind of ennui and aimlessness-and the kind of fatal betrayals that can lurk beneath all that suburban gloss." —The Washington Post

"The character development and local color are so strong that this would be a hit even without the dazzling surprise ending." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From the Publisher
"Morgenroth's full bodied characterizations, even of minor figures, plus the powerful forward motion of her narrative make this unusual mystery absolutely compelling. Quite possibly a breakthrough by the author They Did It with Love."
-Booklist

"With character studies, a deep love story, challenging yet wildly differing filial duties, and a murder mystery, the only disappointment is that this beautifully gripping novel ends. Highly recommended."
-Library Journal

"Morgenroth's devilishly sly approach to this story is uniquely unnerving for what it doesn't make obvious, providing a great deal of unexpected suspense without a single drop of blood falling for the most part of the read...An excellent character study, an astounding mystery; this read reinforces the idea that literate fiction and mystery can coexist in one book."
-New Mystery Reader

"If you like a sexy mystery, Morgenroth keeps the finger of suspicion rotating faster than a game of Spin the Bottle." —Marie Claire

"Morgenroth's greatest accomplishment is the ease with which she describes a certain kind of ennui and aimlessness-and the kind of fatal betrayals that can lurk beneath all that suburban gloss." —The Washington Post

"The character development and local color are so strong that this would be a hit even without the dazzling surprise ending." — Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452295896
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,443,147
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Morgenroth is the author of the bestselling Plume book, They Did It With Love, two thrillers, Kill me First and Saved, and three YA novels, Jude, Framed, and Echo. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    This book was a lovely surprise. Although I became especially a

    This book was a lovely surprise. Although I became especially attached to the two main characters, I loved how well Morgenroth made the individual voices of all the characters so clear and distinct. Plot and character-driven, this book, with its clever and believable twists and turns, is a must read. A real treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    THROUGH THE HEART will break your.......

    On the surface you may mistakenly believe this to be a bit of fluff...I did...briefly. It didn't take many pages before realizing how wrong I was. Couldn' stop reading. The insights were amazing and the statements of feelings so profoundly exact, I found myself re-reading passages to try to memorize them. Sad, but ultimately so right and eventually you might even begin to believe in fate yourself....

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  • Posted June 16, 2010

    Easy Beach Read with a twist

    Great easy read to curl up with a cup of tea. Somewhat unpredictable with a few twists.....

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    Superb storytelling

    The Hamptons, New York police report describes a homicide that actually began in Kansas. Nora works at a coffee shop in Kansas where she cannot afford to buy a cup. She also cares for her cancer stricken mother who is undergoing expensive chemo treatments for leukemia in Kansas City, a long drive.

    Timothy is a spoiled rich kid living in Manhattan off his family millions. He stops in the coffee shop where he and Nora meet. They are instantly attracted to one another as they fit well together since she is a submissive and he is a bully. Besides desire for each other; they each loathe their respective families. The fairy tale ending is found in the police report.

    Points of view rotate mostly between Nora and Timothy with the police investigation thrown in periodically as the reader wonders until the final twist as to who the victim is. Although the love at first sight seems over the top of Mount Sunflower with this couple as she is a mouse and he is selfish, the story line hooks the reader anyway with anticipation while following the fascinating bittersweet love story; pondering throughout who will be left standing in police custody.

    Harriet Klausner

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