Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Guest Review: Constant Hearts by Donna Hatch

Constant Hearts by Donna Hatch, 2011, 45p
Alisa's Rating=5 stars, Clean Romance

The scandalous Lady Amelia Dasherwood would rather thumb her nose at the society who shunned her for getting a divorce, but must now face those who rejected her in order to solicit aid for a forgotten orphanage dear to her.

Newly returned from the horrors of war, Dr. Reed St. Ives plans to make a new life as a country doctor and forget Amelia ever existed--after all, she broke his heart when she married another man. Yet she keeps invading his thoughts and showing up when he least expects her. If only he could find a cure for his own heart.

When fate reunites them, the last thing they want is to face the heartbreak that tore them apart years ago. Amelia must choose between honoring her family’s wishes to deny her heart again, or declaring herself and risking Reed’s rejection. Placing her heart at his feet would take the most courage of all.

She'd been a fool to think herself over him.
She'd been a fool to imagine he'd still care for her after all these years.
But most of all she'd been a fool to reject him when he'd wanted her.

Amelia, known to Reed as "Amy," has the voice of an angel, the face of a goddess, and a heart full of compassion. Six years ago Reed found this combination irresistible. But that was before she dumped him and broke his heart... and married an Earl.

After a public and scandalous divorce, Amelia has finally re-entered society to raise money for an orphanage. She did not expect to run into Reed again and to fall for his infectious charm all over again. An innocent game of hide and seek turns into an unexpected reunion with Reed and she discovers that six years felt like a lifetime ago, but the pain felt like it just happened. Her plan is to avoid Reed and focus on raising money for the orphanage, but her Aunt Millie has other plans.

When Amelia confesses her love for him, Reed decides that since he can't forget her and move on, a better plan would be to court her and discover that they had both changed too much over the past 6 years to ever suit... and then leave her to go set up his doctor practice in the country and leave her with a broken heart. The more time he spends with her, the less appealing the plan to break her heart is. In fact, he finds that he wants to protect her from pain... not cause it. And he realizes that if he walks away from this second chance, his heart will break forever.

Clean romance. I found that this short novel kept my attention the whole time, and I didn't want to put it down!

So, I've been on vacation this past week which is why there have been several guest reviews. I wasn't sure if I would have time to work on getting my own reviews up or not and I didn't. I'm on my way home now and I have lots of blog tours coming up so you will definitely be hearing more from me personally (although I have enjoyed hearing from my guest reviewers and they will definitely be back!). 


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