Reclaim My Heart

Reclaim My Heart

by Donna Fasano
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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
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.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
HollyBerry44 More than 1 year ago
*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.
wazi More than 1 year ago
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
romancenovelsincolor1 More than 1 year ago
A story of young love in various forms Reclaim My Heart, by Donna Fasano, is the story of young love in various forms. The main story line is about a wealthy young white girl, Tyne, who falls in love with a Native American young man, Lucas. This love is complicated by the fact that the girl’s parents, in addition to being rich, are bigots. The girl gets pregnant and raises the child as a single parent. The young man, who was raised by his uncle after the death of his father, becomes a successful lawyer and learns of his son’s existence when his son gets arrested and needs representation. This was not your typical love story in that it had an underlying story about Lucas and his rejection of his Lenape Indian culture in order to assimilate into the larger majority culture. It also told of the struggle of a young girl to become a woman, against the wishes of her parents. The story delves into the struggles they each had coming to grips with the choices they made as youth and how it has affected their adult lives. A secondary story about Lucas’ parents was fascinating as an underlying thread throughout the book. My favorite character in the story was Uncle Jasper. He was the person that brought all parts of the story together. He was not only Lucas’ uncle, but a Lenape Indian elder. He was portrayed as a typical elder using stories and riddles to help people find their own answers. I loved this story! I have only read one other work written by this author, and find her to be extremely talented. Her dealing with cultural differences, bigotry, classism, and religious differences all within one story was fascinating. She was able to treat each issue with respect, depth and understanding that you do not find with many authors. I recommend this story to all. -Reviewed by Selina
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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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Wasn't sure how her fiance' was going to work out in this beautiful love srory - he was a dud!
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Great read..well written!
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I loved this book and will look for more by this author.
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Romance novel haha
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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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Great book!
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
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. ** 
gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve become a major fan of Donna Fasano’s books, the romances always being ‘approachable’ with characters that not only arrive well defined, but manage to grow and change throughout the story, usually addressing issues that are common in feel to many.  In this story, single mother Tyne is trying to manage her catering business while raising her teenaged son.  While anyone with a teenager understands the trials that come: having a teen that is mixed race adds a whole other group of concerns and issues into the mix.  When Zach is picked up by the police, after curfew, with evidence of guilt all over his person, the arrest leads Tyne to reach out to the only good lawyer she knows, Zach’s father Lucas.  Throughout this story, the points of view and the difficulties that arise from situations caused by decisions made as teenagers, Tyne and Lucas are forced to face one another and work together to prevent Zach making decisions that he will later come to regret or wish to hide. These three characters coming to face choices of personal responsibility, owning your decisions and even the power of letting go of judgments and old shames was particularly effective. As Zach came to learn the importance of honor and reputation for himself: both Tyne and Lucas were forced to revise their own views and take accountability. I really enjoyed the quiet way that Uncle Jasper became such a fixture to all three characters: his quiet manner and approach without reaction TO events, but always having some bit of wisdom wrapped in a tale managed to allow the characters to find their own aha moments, with gentle nudges.  Their growth and ability to incorporate, albeit slowly, the lessons and information, even when they all harbor guilt about their choices made with the best of intentions at the time gives the reader a taste of the struggles that true personal growth entails.  Particularly satisfying was the love connection that rekindled between Lucas and Tyne: even after all the years, their chemistry felt electric, and when they decided to allow impulse to override fear, their scenes were incredibly sensual and steamy.  Even in memory, the sexual chemistry between the two was evident: which could have increased Tyne’s parent’s fears beyond their mistrust and misguided impression of Lucas and his Lenape ancestry.  To be honest, Tyne the teenaged girl was as invested in ‘hiding’ the relationship with Lucas, fearing her friends’ reactions and her popularity – so everyone had a need to grow.   I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters were wonderful, Jasper’s parables and stories provided plenty of insight into the differences in cultures, as well as providing some truly unique parenting tips.  Lucas and Tyne both managed to grow up from the teens they were, and truly incorporate those changes into the adults they are now.  And Zach, as annoying as a teenager can be, truly found a place with friends and the acceptance that every teenager longs for.  After devouring this book in one sitting, I can’t help but wish that we all had access to our own Uncle Jasper.   I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Melcom More than 1 year ago
First up I have to admit that I'm a massive fan of Donna, I used to read her books years ago when she was a trad published author with Harlequin. I think her latest books have won her more fans than she ever had with Harlequin. Zach Whitlock, Tyne's fifteen-year-old son gets up to mischief while she's running her time-consumming catering business. To her dismay he is hauled up before a judge for vandalism, a judge who comes down hard on youths. Tyne is forced to turn to high-powered attorney, Lucas Silver Hawk, a man from her dark past, for much needed help. She's struck dumb when he reaches out in a way that surprises all parties concerned. Returning to a community she never intended going back to, Tyne is forced to face her past and loved ones who she thought she'd lost contact with forever.  You'll love the twists and turns in this fabulous romance by the queen of romances.  
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