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Where the Heart Lives: A Milford-Haven Novel
     

Where the Heart Lives: A Milford-Haven Novel

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by Mara Purl
 
Is the heart smarter than the head? Artist Miranda Jones begins to trust her heart enough to escape from her life of privilege and start over in Milford-Haven, the small town of undiscovered beauty on California's Central Coast. She connects with environmentalist Samantha Hugo-a brilliant PhD twenty years her senior who gave up a son years earlier; and with restaurant

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Is the heart smarter than the head? Artist Miranda Jones begins to trust her heart enough to escape from her life of privilege and start over in Milford-Haven, the small town of undiscovered beauty on California's Central Coast. She connects with environmentalist Samantha Hugo-a brilliant PhD twenty years her senior who gave up a son years earlier; and with restaurant owner Sally O'Mally who left Arkansas to create her own dream. Each woman wrestles with her own core issues while balancing demanding careers with the attentions of interesting men. None is aware that journalist Christine Christian has just been murdered while investigating a half-built house. Though the book stands alone, it is also Book 1 in the critically acclaimed, popular series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl's BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Purl’s tepid sequel to What the Heart Knows is a series of soap operaesque caricature sketches masquerading as a story. Loosely centered around artist Miranda Jones, who is slowly finding success with wildlife paintings, the novel soon meanders into the loosely connected navel-gazing lives of the inhabitants of the fictional California town of Milford-Haven, including town official Samantha Hugo’s search for the child she gave up for adoption and sheriff’s deputy Delmar Johnson’s investigation of a television journalist’s disappearance. Purl depicts a mid-1990s, largely white culture—hard for anyone familiar with present-day California to picture—where inner soul-searching often comes out in preachiness. Readers searching for more story and fewer episodic character slices with unresolved plots would do better elsewhere. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
I so admire Mara Purl's writing style. The pictures she paints are just glorious, her characters and attention to detail inspiring. — Sheri Anderson, Emmy-award winning writer

Mara Purl is a skillful storyteller who has written a charming and tantalizing saga. — Margaret Coel, New York Times best-selling author

Purl's success is based on her ability to appeal to readers on a more elevated level than traditional romance fiction generally prescribes. — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936878024
Publisher:
Bellekeep Publishing
Publication date:
11/05/2012
Series:
The Milford-Haven Novels , #2
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Mara Purl is the author of the popular Milford-Haven Novels, based on her original hit radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A. that reached 4.5 million listeners on BBC radio. Mara is a former journalist for the Associated Press, the Financial Times of London and Rolling Stone, and a former actress on Days Of Our Lives.

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Where the Heart Lives: A Milford-Haven Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ForeWord Reviews (Julia Ann Charpentier) " In Where the Heart Lives, Mara Purl strategically presents a glamorous alternative to big city vibrancy. In the second installment of her already popular Milford-Haven series, the California Central Coast is once again the locale for her magnetic cast of characters. Set in the mid-1990s, Where the Heart Lives essentially explores displaced or discontented people pursuing their individual dreams. And it soon becomes clear that the ambitious residents of this getaway town lead lives as convoluted as those of any stressed-out city-dweller. Woven into Purl’s evolving tale is the ongoing investigation of a missing television journalist, the search for a long-lost son given up for adoption, and the romance of merging relationships in diverse walks of life. Of particular interest is Miranda Jones, a gifted artist from an affluent San Francisco family. Rather than remain committed to the upscale gallery where her paintings sell, she follows her gut to achieve a deeper fulfillment in Milford-Haven. Seeking much more than monetary reward, Miranda listeners to the dictates of her heart and allows spiritual motivation to guide her actions. With a passion for landscape and wildlife, Miranda interprets her own photography on canvas, an endeavor that exposure to her natural surroundings only enhances. The contrast between a “should do” approach to living and “must do” need to override one’s so-called voice of reason is a signature thread running throughout this series, and is especially evident in Miranda, the most colorful character in this novel. The artist’s hidden attributes are often reflected in her own work, and allusions to her psyche frequently emerge in descriptive passages like this one: “The massive head-and-shoulders of a Siberian tiger hunched there, amber eyes staring back at her. Powerful . . . unconcerned. . . . He might be seated in a docile pose—but he certainly isn’t tamed.” Mara Purl is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and actress. In addition to her Milford-Haven novels and stories, her acclaimed “Milford-Haven U.S.A.” was the first American radio drama licensed by the BBC in 1992. Purl’s success is based on her ability to appeal to readers on a more elevated level than traditional romance fiction generally prescribes. Though she never loses the common touch in her storytelling instincts, in every potential stereotype emerges a well-developed character with a standout personality."
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Mara Purl's writing and this latest book does not disappoint. Her ability to weave a travel guide into the lives of complex characters is amazing and keeps me awake until I get to the end. I got caught up in Meredith's life, then Sally jumps in with an equally intriguing story; then, of course, there is Samantha who comes with a lot of baggage. Each is equally interesting and are people I would very much like to meet. Then there is Christine's disappearance which is playing out in the background, but what I feel may bring these characters together in some unlikely way. Having lived in both small towns and Los Angeles, I admit I prefer the city, but I would visit Milford-Haven in a heartbeat and, who knows, I just might want to stay. I almost consider these characters my friends, so I am now eagerly awaiting the next in the Milford-Haven series ~ Linda Thompson, Host of TheAuthorsShow.com
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kirkus Reviews: "The second volume of this ongoing saga follows numerous intersecting lives in a small, fictitious town on California’s Central Coast. Purl (What the Heart Knows, 2011) returns to picturesque Milford-Haven and assorted neighboring towns (Santa Barbara, Cambria, etc.) Milford-Haven stories first appeared in 1992 as a BBC radio show, Milford-Haven, U.S.A., garnering an audience of 4.5 million listeners. The town is filled with back stories—dark secrets, hidden agendas, failed romances and budding love, not to mention the unsolved mystery from Book 1 concerning the disappearance, and likely murder, of journalist Christine Christian. Skillfully interspersing the moment-to-moment thoughts of her characters with their actions and dialogue, Purl effortlessly moves from one personal story to another. Just about everyone plans on showing up to a Doobie Brothers benefit concert at the Central Coast Bowl in support of veterans, which helps tie together the . . . storylines. This volume should hold readers over until the next trip back to town. Like visiting friends and catching up."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is filled with books from top to bottom