Rival Hearts

Rival Hearts

by Tara Randel

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ISBN-13: 9781426773464
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Series: Quilts of Love Series
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tara Randel is the author of five romance novels including Lasting Love, Melody of Love and This Time Love. A member of ACFW, Tara is also the lead author of the new Annie’s Mysteries series (see AnniesMysteries.com). Tara lives in New Port Richey, Florida.

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Rival Hearts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
An outstanding, beautifully written, romantic, inspirational story that I received free through Goodreads First Reads. Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver are in an unusual competition to be editor in chief for a new magazine in Master's Publishing. Molly is senior editor and writer for Quilter's Heart Magazine, and Ben is senior editor and writer for Outdoor Adventures Magazine. Molly and Ben are going to switch places. Ben is going to join Molly's quilting group and sew and produce a well-made finished product. Molly is going to join and participate in a local kayaking event. Molly and Ben have four weeks to complete their tasks and then write an article. As Molly and Ben switch places and their lives become intertwined, their feelings for each other strengthen. Can Ben learn to sew and make a quilt? Is Molly going to be able to kayak without tipping over? What will happen to their relationship when one of them wins and the other one loses the competition? Read the amazing, highly recommended, wonderfully written, inspirational love story of Molly and Ben in Rival Hearts by Tara Randel.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 stars ***** out of 5 Contemporary romance This story was a fun one to read. Both Molly and Ben are placed in situations way beyond their comfort zones, and the way they not only learn to cope, but also enjoy their various activities is thrilling to watch. Doing the outdoor stuff that the editor required of Molly was also way out of my own comfort zone, and I definitely sympathized with her. It was amazing though to see how her relationship with her brother was strengthened. I could not put the story down as I eagerly read on to see how they would face their challenges and how the victory of becoming editor-in-chief do the new magazine American Legend would turn out. And no, you can not google it to find the answer. You can only find out by reading Rival Hearts. This is another of the Quilts of Love series. Each one is unique, stand alone, and very worthy of your time!Of all the stories in the series I have read, I think this is my favorite so far. Great novel I received this Ebook free from Abingdon Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique is not required. The opinions are my own
Eneliya More than 1 year ago
This story is about two people being placed in challenging roles in order to win a desired new position within their company.  During their journeys, they discovery themselves and their feelings for each other.  This was a very sweet story and easy read.  It is a clean romance novel with mild drama and big heart.  While the ending was predictable, it was satisfying.  Faith was a big part of the story, but done without being preachy at all.  I would absolutely read more from this author. I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tara Randel in her new book, “Rival Hearts” Book Nineteen in the Quilts of Love Series published by Abingdon Press brings us into the lives of Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver. From the back cover:   They both want the promotion. But will they find out that it is worth the cost? Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests. Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins? This book is the kind of movie that Hollywood used to make back in the 40′s and 50′s. You can almost see Barbara Stanwyck as Molly, possibly Clark Gable as Ben.  Molly and Ben are competitors.  They each have made their own little niche in the world by the quality of the magazine they edit.  Now they are being given the chance at a new magazine but only if they switch places for a month.  This is the set-up for a great deal of humor and also the chance for much stretching outside individual comfort zones.  Both Molly and Ben learn about themselves as well as others while learning about the barriers they put up to keep from being bruised emotionally.  All of the characters are terrific and the plot is very enjoyable as well as being  interesting and exciting as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
barbjan10 More than 1 year ago
A CAPTIVATING STORY OF RIVAL, ROMANCE & REWARD!! Rival Hearts is my first read from author Tara Randel, a writer of five previous romance novels.  When initially requested to read and review the story, the title left me curious; however, I soon discovered the story well defined by its title.  Ben Masterson, chief editor for Masterson Publishing Company pits a dualistic competition of sorts between employs and colleagues Molly Henderson, editor of Quilter’s Heart, and Ben Weaver, editor of Outdoor Adventures.  Masterson dangles the bait of the editor-in-chief of a new magazine, American Legend for the winner of this bout.  The winner to be determined on one condition –Molly and Ben must switch roles for 30 days and write an article about the experience.   Masterson deems himself judge over the contest and outcome.  The switch means for Molly learning how to navigate a kayak and Ben to create a quilt. Switching places!  Was this a fair process of determining a winner?  Molly had longevity as an employee of Masterson Publishing and Ben was a recent employ with only background experience as a world traveler in sports and outdoor adventures – oh yes, there is the time he hosted that TV series, Extreme Survivalist. Thirty days……that seems an impossible task for each in that time limit – unrealistic.  These might have been questions both contestants thought privately, at least in my own thoughts.  Nevertheless - the race is on! Molly and Ben share little in common.  Both have scars buried deep from their childhood.  Ben lost his parents tragically at a young age, now exhausted from moving from place to place; while Molly was a sickly child feeling unloved and a disappointment to her parents  Ben had no siblings, while Molly admired her much older brother and longed for his approval.  With private battles of their own, the two diverse competitors go through intense and humorous battles while chasing the bait dangled before them.  This becomes a captivating story about rival, romance, and reward. Molly indeed has a quilter’s heart….soft and quiet…and as complex as a quilted design.  With sensitivity toward the downtrodden, she spent many hours as a compassionate volunteer. Molly’s faith in God leads her on a path toward a talent for quilting – the joy of her life.  Ben enters the scene with unknowns – and his personality, likes and dislikes seem to come in sporadic revealing throughout the story.  He is due for a valuable lesson in more than quilting from Nora and the women of Molly’s Christian quilting group.   What surprised me was the rapport between Molly and Ben….helping each other behind the scenes…until sabotage happened, derailing the trust and budding romance between them, each believing the other had been dishonest and manipulative.  Ben and Molly truly become rivals….until the intervention of God, family, friends, and other characters to reveal the saboteur and change the whole game.  Ms. Randel’s story would appeal to any age group.  Her writing is clean, fun, thoughtful and even a bit intriguing.  Script was slow and repetitive at times, but so is real life.  Personally, I felt the background details about the protagonists were more vital to my enjoyment of the book than the competition.  At my age, perhaps it is less about the romance and more about the characters “whys” of their decisions.  My fulfillment is when God has led to the making of the right decisions.  My gratitude goes to Tara Randel for penning the best in the genre I enjoy reading. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the storyline of Rival Hearts! From the beginning I fell in love with Molly and slowly I fell in love with Ben too! They were both great main characters that had me rooting for them in the competition and hurting with life's disappointments! Tara did an amazing job in having such a powerful message about the need for community in our lives! Like Molly I sometimes forget the beauty and gift of having family around all the time where there are people who wish they could say they have family! I personally can't quilt, but love reading books that involve quilting and Rival Hearts did not disappoint! It was really interesting to see what Molly did as an editor for a quilting magazine! I so loved her design idea that takes up much of her time! Overall I really enjoyed this novel! There was some mild action, romance, and the need for community within our lives! *(I received this novel from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own opinions and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
Rival Hearts is the latest release in the Quilts of Love series. The story features 2 main characters–Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver. They are both magazine editors in line for a promotion, and the boss decides to pit them against each other in a crazy challenge. On a deeper level, the book is about each character’s journey towards a healthier, stronger, and ultimately better version of themselves. This is the first Quilts of Love title I’ve read, and it also served as my introduction to Tara Randel’s work. I really enjoyed Rival Hearts. It’s just over 200 pages long, so it can be read in an afternoon or evening. The writing flows well and allows the reader to become immersed in the story. Situations are never stretched out too long, and I never felt a lull or empty space in the book. I was impressed by Randel’s ability to keep me interested, engaged, and happy with the story. I fell for these characters and I think you will, too! I highly recommend this book to fans of christian romance, christian contemporaries, and competition love stories. Give it a shot! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Two successful magazine publishers, one male, one female both with very different magazine profiles, suddenly find themselves competing for the same promotions as Editor-in-Chief for the launch of a new magazine, American Legend. For Molly Henderson, writer for Quilter's Heart, this promotion would be a validation for all the years she has worked for Master's Publishing. She took a novel idea and launched a successful magazine that has highlighted the friendship that women encounter whenever they read it. It not only showcases beautiful quilt designs but also the stories behind the women that create them. However she is not the outdoor type in any sense of the word. For Ben Weaver, writer for Outdoor Adventures, the true manly man who loves the thrill of adventure in any sport, the more extreme the better. Bouncing back from his television series Extreme Survialist, he has taken Outdoor Adventures to new heights with his reader base. After just being with Master's Publishing for six months, he is running a competitive edge along side Molly's magazine. He knows with his popularity, taking on the challenge of American Legend, will create a permanent place for him instead of constantly being on the road traveling. However the last thing he understands is what fabric types to use and how do you put a quilt together anyway. But Blake Masterson is always on the look out for a way to drive in more publicity so he decides the only way he can make the right decision on who should get the position is to create a competition between Molly and Ben. They will have thirty days to change places, and Molly will need to lead a kayak expedition and then write about it, while Ben will need to create a quilt all by himself and then write the article about his experience. At the end of the thirty days, whoever has done the most with their task will get the new position. So now instead of being rival colleagues, they are now rival competitors and may the best man or woman win! But it's not going to be an easy task for either of them working outside of their comfort zones. Who will win? I received Rival Hearts by Tara Randel compliments of Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are my own. I absolutely love the premise behind this novel. It is a first for me being introduced to the writing of Tara Randel but it definitely won't be the last by a long shot. I love the competitive nature that both Molly and Ben possess with each of them having the drive to do whatever it takes to gain the promotion they both desire. I can't imagine how difficult it would be for a manly man to take on quilting! That is where the humor comes into play and soon the entire office chooses sides between man versus woman and the laughter ensues. What comes out of the novel at the end showcases that the best choice may not always be the best one for the winner. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. This is the nineteenth novel in the Quilts of Love Series and each can be read in any order.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
Rival Hearts By: Tara Randel A great book about community, friendship, rivalry, and love. We need all these components to figure out who we are, to feel connected to the people we come in contact with, and to know what we stand for. When Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver are pitted against each other to win the office promotion, sparks start to fly. Molly has to take on Ben’s outdoor’s activity for his adventure magazine and Ben has to take on quilting for Molly’s quilting magazine. Can they survive the challenge without losing their hearts to each other? Or will the rivalry pull them further apart? In order for Molly to win her part of the competition, she has to depend on her brother to coach her. She is not the outdoorsy type, but she is determined to win that coveted office on the top floor with the awesome view. From her growing up years, there has been a strain between Molly and her brother. Everything came easy to him and he had their parents’ approval. Molly had to fight for everything but was still not recognized for her accomplishments. She found a quilting circle of women who took her in and taught her quilting and about God’s love. Before Ben’s parents died while he was in college, they traveled. After their death, he continued traveling, not having close friends or family. If he didn’t stay in one place too long, he didn’t have time to think about his loss. Taking on the quilting challenge puts him in close proximity to others on a personal basis. Will he survive the challenge of spending time with a circle of women bound to learn all they can about him? Can he keep his distance or will he learn having friends and a close community strengthens and connects him? Molly’s mom kept her at arm’s length. She in turn kept others behind a formidable wall. Ben had been hurt by a past love and built walls around his heart that no one could get through. Molly and Ben needed to be reminded of God’s unconditional love. Both come to depend on others to help them complete their challenges in order to be in the running for the promotion, but during the competition they both learn what is important to them. Will they act on what they learn, or is it all about the coveted office? Pick up this great book today to find out. I read it in one afternoon. I couldn’t put the book down. Tara Randel pulls you into Molly’s and Ben’s life and I couldn’t stop until knew how it ended. I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Rival Hearts by Tara Randel I have read most of the other books in this series and like the diversity of the settings and the whole learning how the quilt plays the main character. This story is about Ben who's just returned to the Miami area and wants to grow roots there with the publishing company he works for. He's the outdoor extreme sports editor. Molly is the quilt editor for that section of the publishing firm and she's heavily involved with other community agencies donating all her time for the cause of helping others. They are both thrown a loop when the president of the company throws them into competition against one another. She must learn how to kayak and he must learn how to quit. There are only so many hours in a day and time is of the essence as the competition heats up. They are also thrown together and have to spend more time covering for the president at his many events that he's not able to attend himself. Love that Molly finds out why her mother always felt so cold to her and how they resolve that. Ben tags along a lot as she does other volunteer work and they get to talk to one another to find out why the other wants the lead position with the new office. Getting out of your comfort zone-Love also that the quilts will go to Second Chances and for all it stands for. I am a great volunteer myself. Quite a surprise when the winner is announced! Handful of characters, easy to follow all the stories. Excerpt of the next A Grand Design is also included at the end. I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
I love the idea of a competition evolving into a friendship or romance, and Rival Hearts promised to be an intriguing blend of both. I found Molly easy to relate to since she was constantly trying to please everyone around her—often at the expense of what she wanted to do. I find myself doing the same thing at times! What I didn't really understand was the dynamic between Molly and the rest of her family. It never really made sense to me, and I would have loved for this aspect of the book to be more thoroughly explored. Ben was an interesting character. Initially, I was annoyed by him, but as the book progressed, I liked him much better. He ended up being very sweet and misunderstood. However, as much as I wanted to get totally caught up in this story, I just couldn't. I felt like there was a lot of "telling" at times rather than showing through the story. Rival Hearts was a good "one time" read for me, and many will enjoy it, I'm sure. [3 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Another wonderful edition to the Quilts Of Love series. I have come to enjoy each of the books in the series and this one was no exception. Rival Hearts is a humorous and thoughtful tale of rivalry, love, and forgiveness. I absolutely loved the idea for the quilt that is such an integral part of Rival Hearts. When you read the story you will quickly understand just why the quilt means so much to Molly. Kinda made me think/wish about making one with a similar idea. Tara Randel has penned a perfect story for spending an afternoon curled up under your own quilt to reading. Whether you are a quilter, love them, or just love a good book, you are in for a treat with Rival Hearts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully constructed love story between two competitors Ben and Molly. Competing for what? To be editor in chief for Master's Publishing. Since both of them are senior editors and writer; Molly Quilter's Heart Magazine and Ben Outdoor Magazine, they switched places. Molly has to participate in a local kayaking event and Ben has to quilt and sew. Now this is a story you need to read and let me tell you I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ben did Molley a big favor, his arrogance help her break out of her shell. Such a cute story, opposite do attracts. Easy read, writing flowed smoothly that it captured the right emotions and aggressiveness and trust. Thank you, Darlene Cruz. Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Rival Hearts, part of the Quilts of Love series, is a fairly quick and easy read, but with an interesting premise. Molly and Ben are invited to leave their comfort zones in order to compete for the same job - for Molly, that involves learning to kayak; for Ben, learning to quilt. Their boss, Mr. Masterson, informs them:  "You both have a knack for finding in-depth human-interest stories to touch your particular readers. . . . You'll be given a chance to shine as an editor as well as moving up in the company."  Molly felt that she had been proving herself all her life, that her accomplishments were  always secondary compared to a brother who excelled at everything. Ben had grown tired of traveling and was looking for a sense of permanence by putting down roots. My favorite parts were Nora and her quilting circle, a group of older women that had become Molly’s second family, and also the way Molly and her brother reconnected. And of course I love the quilts, which are the foundation of this series. Molly explains:  "Every year I make a quilt and auction it off at the local Charity Expo. I got an idea to have my readers send in a piece of fabric holding emotional significance to them, along with the story to go with it."  But for some reason, I couldn't get emotionally caught up in this story. Molly wasn't a character I enjoyed, although I did admire her commitment and work with Second Chances. Ben comes across as over confident and arrogant at first, but his character improved as the story progressed. What I really wanted to see, though, was his spiritual journey, and that was lacking. Many fans of the Quilts of Love series will probably enjoy this story, although it was a weaker addition for me. Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.