For Dr. Calista Montgomery, losing her soldier husband was like diving into a cold dark sea, and the events at his funeral swept her farther from shore. Crushed by the lies, Cali crawls into a bottle and flees all she knows. Inebriated and drifting aimlessly, she winds up in Esterloch, New York, where she's arrested and hits bottom. Offered a chance to expunge her record, she accepts the conditions...but the real challenge is keeping herself safe from the arrogant, gorgeous and commanding sheriff.
FOR THE LAST TIME
Sheriff Jack Benfield hates drunks. They're selfish, manipulative, and they break hearts, and his is no exception. He saw the damage inflicted upon his family, so he has no patience for any of them, not even the beautiful Dr. Montgomery. His body, however, has different ideas, and soon two desperate souls will discover that some breaks make us stronger-and sometimes we must drown before we learn how to breathe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Echoes of the Heart is an entertaining read from beginning to waiting on the next novel from Mrs. Purcell. I will admit I am not the typical Romance novel guy. John Wayne characters and blood-n-guts action adventure is more my taste, so I grudgingly accepted the challenge to read a 'Modern Day' romance. I can honestly say I am pleased I did. I dove into the novel saddled with my denial of what I thought romance reading should be. The authors’ story line includes the harsh reality that is alcoholism and all that it consumes. She writes brilliantly with empathy, understanding, the misunderstandings and tough love on the topic. A love story and success story all in one. Read it tough guys, and you may learn a thing or twenty. Ladies? Sorry, I’m already taken. Enjoy this book!
Ms. Purcell has written a riveting story from beginning to end. One dealing with an addiction tough to deal with and understand for all involved. But she has done an amazing job here, giving us an inside look to both the alcoholic’s view as well as those around her who care and want to help. Cali and Jack are great characters that will make you smile and then tug at your heart as you watch them struggle on their way to find redemption and love. A Wonderful read! I can’t wait to read more from this author.
If you like stories of redemption, you’re going to love ECHOES OF THE HEART. The heroine, Calli Montgomery, is an alcoholic in the early stages of her recovery. There’s no sugar coating the disease within this uplifting story, and her struggles are on the page for readers to experience with her—the lows, the fears, and the triumphs. The hero, Jack Benfield, has plenty of reasons to hate drunks because of his own family history, and like so many family members of alcoholics, does not see how his world view is impacted by this family disease. Now … is this a story consumed with the disease of alcoholism? No! It’s a story about two deeply flawed people struggling to make sense of their lives while they fall in love with each other. They each know the relationship is a mistake, but they also are drawn to qualities of honor and loyalty within each other even though their happily-ever-after seems impossible to achieve—my absolute favorite kind of romance. This story will make you cheer, make you shed a tear, and make you sigh with satisfaction after you close the very last page. This novel is so well crafted a reader would never guess this is Stacey Purcell’s first published novel. Based on the outstanding story within this one, this debut writer is one to keep your eye on—her books will end up on your keeper shelf. That’s where ECHOES OF THE HEART is going.