Where the Heart Lies

Where the Heart Lies

by Michelle Garren Flye

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ISBN-13: 9781426894077
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/16/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 735 KB

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Ty lay his hand on her still flat belly. "It's the perfect place to raise children. Boys and girls. There's a pond for fishing and swimming. And the street is pretty quiet, so they can ride their bikes. The house is the perfect size—not too big. Just homey."

Alicia laughed and rolled over, and his hand slid across her belly to her hip. "You might be a little prejudiced considering it's your childhood home."

He pulled her closer, kissing her, and her body responded to him as she always did. She loved his long, lean form and the way he touched her with such confidence.

She drew away after a moment, unable to resist teasing him a little. "Are you sure it won't be a little, um,
inhibiting for you?"

"What do you mean?" He looked at her, uncomprehending, his hands caressing the backs of her thighs now, causing little rivers of pleasure to run through her veins.

She smiled wickedly at him, using all her self-control to keep from letting him know how pleasant his touch was. All part of the game. "Well, you know, being in the same bedroom your parents were in when they—oh, you know..."

He laughed and rolled over on top of her, pressing her down into the mattress and kissing her firmly and thoroughly. His lips left hers and trailed over her jaw and down her collarbone as he cupped her breasts. She gasped at his touch on her sensitive nipples and felt his mouth curve. His lips returned to her neck and he nibbled her earlobe. "Baby, as long as you're there, I won't have any trouble being inhibited," he whispered.

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Where the Heart Lies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. very well written. Finished it very quickly
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the plot was so predictable. i kept reading because i thought something else was going to happen. this easily could have been a short story. all the 5 stars, what gives
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this one, and tried really, really hard. A widow, several months after her husband's combat death, moves to his hometown in order to fulfill the dream they once shared. It involved a small town, a family home, and a bookstore! It seemed like it couldn't miss. It just didn't work for me, though--so many things just didn't make sense. Alicia, the widow, was all over the place, for one thing. She kept falling into insta-relationships, but then wobbled between feeling extremely close to her new besties and not being sure she could trust them. She was referring to Penny as her best friend very quickly, after only having met her once before--she'd been a close friend of her husband Ty's--but in practically the same thought bubble she'd wonder about Penny's motivations in giving advice. Not that I blame her, because Penny's "advice" seemed to consist mainly of slamming Liam, and insisting that he was bad for Alicia and she should stay far away from him. Alicia's relationship with Liam, her husband's best friend from high school, was similar. At one point VERY early in their relationship, Alicia thought to her herself that it was so nice that Liam LOVED her children. My mental brakes went on right there--he'd spent a little time with Gemma, her daughter, but not nearly enough to label it with the L word yet. And I'm not even sure he'd been in the same room with the baby at that point--at least not while Jason was conscious and not having dinner. Alicia and Liam's constant "we're drawn to each other" juxtaposed with "but we cannot be together; it's wrong" drove me absolutely crazy. It went on way too long to be healthy for them or interesting to the reader. I get the grief and guilt factors, but there needs to come a time where you're either ready, so you move on, or you aren't, so you stop leading a person on and let them go. This all felt very forced, as if the author were trying to create conflict where there wasn't any, or at least make that conflict go on longer than it should have. Speaking of conflict, the entire town drove me crazy. As far as I could tell, the townspeople had very few redeeming qualities. Everyone either told Alicia what a saint and hero her husband had been--nice, in a way, but also painful to a recent widow, especially one who is trying to move on--or what an evil bad boy Liam still was. There was no in between, and their constant need to put their two cents in at all times was annoying. As for the "big secrets" in Ty, Liam, and Penny's past, I found it fairly easy to figure them out early on so the big reveal was pretty darn anticlimactic. Plus, Penny's role in the deception made it even harder for her to have any moral high ground on which to continue her Liam-bashing. In all, it was a frustrating book--doubly so because I really did want to enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Wish the ending hadn't ended so abruptly though.
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Great story with characters easy to identify with. With a hint of suspense and an eagerness to discover the secret being kept this made for a perfect summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best written stories i have read
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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Where The Heart Lies by Michelle Garren Flye ISBN: 9781426894077 Alicia Galloway is just approaching her new home, without her husband. He died in the war. The neighbors have made her feel welcome by bringing in dinner and Liam had brought groceries for breakfast and even made the coffee while she settled the kids. Liam was a favorite of Ty's and being around the same age had caught fish in the pond out back. She hopes to take over her father in laws bookstore in North Carolina where she just moved to, the family house. Her in laws were in assisted living now and the house stood empty. Penny stops in with lunch at the store while Alicia is straightening up to warn her of Liam and his past in the town and why he was responsible for her husband's death. She's not completely buying the story. There are other secrets about Liam that others in town haven't told her about yet... I learned about the 13 folds of the flag when presented to someone and that's how this book got it's name. I never knew the symbolism but have folded it myself! Love how Liam used physics to do his magic tricks. Love reading about the small town, book bindings, stores and the store Alicia runs, legends on campus. 3 really bad things happen over time and she feels she's near the end of her rope, how can she go on?
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I really loved this book. It has all the little things that I really enjoy in a contemporary romance... **small town ambiance and eccentricities. The book takes place in a small North Carolina town where everyone knows everyone else's business. Alicia's husband, Ty, grew up there and now that she's his widow and moved there to be close to his family, they all have an opinion about her and her actions. It's a hard reality for someone in the midst of grief and who's never been subjected to it before. **secrets between friends. There were a trio of friends who grew up in this small town...Ty, Liam, and Penny. Now Alicia is good friends with both Liam and Penny, but she doesn't know all their secrets...whoa, the twists in this story line were fantastic!! I really loved this aspect of the story! **bookstore. Alicia is a bibliophile and has come home to take over her father in law's bookstore since he's had a stroke and can't run it anymore. She collects rare editions and the parts of the story that revolved around her love of books was FABULOUS!! **University professor. Liam is a physics prof at UNC. He's constantly doing little physics tricks. It made me want to start doing science experiments. Just a fun little detail to the story. **Ty was a war hero who died in Afghanistan. It's no secret that I love military guys, but as a spouse, it's so hard to be the one at home handling everything when they're gone. The author showed this in a beautiful way with Alicia while still showing a great respect for Ty's sacrifice too. Military families have it really hard and this book showed that beautifully. I really adored both Liam and Alicia. They're in a difficult position with the rumor mill in this small town and their undeniable chemistry. Not only are things tough in a small town, but with their individual ties to Ty, it makes their relationship virtually impossible. I liked the way that the author wrote the intricacies of their relationship and how she worked it all out. Really a brilliant stroke of amazing and entertaining story telling. This book is definitely going into my reread pile! It was fabulous! I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I wrestled for a while about what rating to give this book, and I wish that I could give half stars because I would definitely give this book three and a half stars even though it only shows up as three. With that in mind, let's get to the review. This is an easy-to-read book that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Jewish people in a beautiful way. There is no real profanity in the book--always a plus. No sex scenes either. And the story does move along at a nice pace. It's good to bear in mind that this is part 1 only, so the book does not end on a resolved note. The biggest problem for me with the book was that I did not really connect with the characters. I often felt that I was running a little bit behind the characters, and I did not feel that I could ever get to know these characters. I didn't even care much about the characters most of the time. Towards the end of the book, I did find myself caring. But I wish the author had truly done some flashback sections to explain about the background of the characters just a little bit more. I felt that the girls had no substance to them until the story neared its end. Just a personal preference on my part, and some may view things differently. I still would be interested in reading Part 2--I may like it better. Sometimes the first book in a series is not nearly as interesting as the next in the series. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smikes and looks at her
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