Her personal safety isn't the only thing in jeopardy-so is her heart. In Hope Toler Dougherty's new novel, Rescued Hearts, children's clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball's soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar-entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house.
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Brett forsakes his three-month mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind . . . and then Mary Wade's safety is threatened once more.
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She holds a Master's degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.
Find out more about Hope Toler at http://hopetolerdougherty.
What I Thought:
I was impressed with this book from the beginning. Hope grabs her audience by getting her heroine, Mary Wade, kidnapped right off the bat, while rescuing a cat to beat all, and with a hurricane headed her way. Then the knight in shining armor, undercover cop, Brett Davis, saves the day by rescuing her.
But the excitement doesn't end there. That is just the beginning of a tale that will keep you reading. There are various twists throughout the book that ad suspense and adventure along the way, sprinkled with a dash of romance.
One of the things that resonated with me was Mary Wade's online shop and booth at a craft warehouse. I enjoyed reading about her children's designs, because I too love to sew, want an online shop and have set up at craft shows. Mary Wade is looking for the ideal man with a nine to five schedule after having grown up in a home with a mostly absent father. She also struggles with living up to her parents expectations and being a people pleaser, which was something else I could relate to.
Brett Davis, is the all time, hero, man of the hour, always coming to her rescue, and as most heroes - handsome with silver eyes. They have some humorous battles stemming from both of their stubbornness and need to control the situations at hand.
The only thing I really didn't enjoy as much about the story was the last three chapters. It kind of felt like they were just thrown in there to add length to the book. They may have fit in better had the characters been introduced earlier or at least had some kind of set-up without just a random appearance toward the end of the book. Personally for me, that kind of took away from the story instead of adding to it.
Overall though, I would definitely recommend this book, preferably to more mature readers due to some content referring the kidnapping and rape.
I was blessed with a copy of this book by the author and Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to review positively and all opinions are my own.
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