Rachel Hayward hoped to have a quiet thirtieth birthday alone. Instead, fate had different plans.
Caught in traffic and late for work, she can do nothing except wait for the freeway gridlock to ease. A three-car pileup has caused the snarl. Just as cars begin to move at a faster clip, Rachel takes her eyes off the road to gawk at the accident and rear-ends the car in front of her.
Sick over having ruined her day, she lowers her head onto the steering wheel and waits for the driver to begin a tirade over her stupidity. Instead, a kind man taps on her window showing genuine concern about her welfare. The brief colliding encounter suddenly starts a relationship between two strangers that takes off under odd circumstances.
When the couple gets to know each other on a more intimate level, their relationship turns into a conflicting set of desires and needs. Rachel is bound by a shameful, dark childhood. When she falls in love with the handsome Ian Richards, she is faced with the decision to leave him or finally confront her demons to obtain the one thing in life she's always needed--healing from the sexual abuse she endured as a little girl.
|Publisher:||Holland Legacy Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Conflicting Hearts by J.D. Burrows is a story of love, commitment and compassion. Life has been hard for Rachel; she has been the victim of abuse, both as a child and an adult. Conflicting Hearts begins as Rachel is alone with not much to look forward to, feeling sad and lonely on her thirtieth birthday. She is on her way to work, gazing at an accident on the side of the road, and slams into the car in front of her. She immediately senses that this will ruin an already bad day and is preparing herself for the worst. When the tall, handsome man in the very expensive car she has hit knocks on her window, checking to see that she is not hurt, Rachel knows he will soon be suing her for the damages. She is surprised and amazed to find out he is calm and not at all concerned about the condition of his car. She panics when, later in the day, she receives a beautiful bunch of red roses from him and an invitation to dinner. She and Ian soon acknowledge an attraction for each other and begin the dating game. Because of her past, Rachel has trouble with a normal relationship and believing anyone can love her. Ian understands her and is willing to put up with a variety of problems. The story follows their ups and downs and makes for a touching and caring story. Conflicting Hearts tells the story of an abused woman in a very real way. I could not help but feel Rachel’s pain, hurt and confusion, and laugh and cry along with her. J.D. Burrows presents the facts in a beautiful love story that was impossible to put down. The sex scenes were in good taste without unnecessary graphic descriptions. Conflicting Hearts is a good book for any woman to enjoy, but for someone who has been abused it is a great offering of hope and strength. I highly recommend Conflicting Hearts to all women who enjoy a good romantic novel.
I read this book in one day. I was hooked immediately. Ian is the perfect man. Sensitive, loving, patient. Rachel is easy to relate to. The emotions in this book feel very real, and the ending had me all tied up in knots.