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Heart of the Amazon (Heart of the Amazon Series #1) (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense #37) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373874138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373874132
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,695,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal.

She decided after that to get some help, and joined a writers' roundtable where she met once a week with some fellow writers who went over each other's work. She sold her first book in the early 1980s and has been selling ever since. She loves to tell a story. When she was a little girl she made up stories while playing with her dolls. On long trips with her family she would weave a story about the surrounding countryside. From those early beginnings grew a love of entertaining people with a story. She has sold nearly 5 million books worldwide with over 90 books.

When she went away to college, she met her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years. He is her support and her best friend. She has always felt she was the luckiest woman the day she bumped into him on campus.

When they married, they moved to Tulsa, where she finished her degree in special education and began teaching. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs. They helped her remember what is important in life. She also participated in the Special Olympics as a coach with her students and has attended the State Games in May for years. Recently she retired from teaching to write full-time.

Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, loves animals and there have been times they could have their own zoo at the house. The most interesting pet Shaun had is a leopard tortoise, which could outlive him. She has joked that his children will be inheriting a tortoise. He is married with four daughters.

When she isn't working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She has been to many countries in the world and loves to meet new people. Her favorite place is Tahiti -- Bora Bora. It is as beautiful as all the pictures portray it.

In her travels she has found herself in some interesting situations. Once, in London, she got caught in the middle of a protest that later turned into a riot over poll taxes. In the rain forest of Costa Rica, she was covered from head to toe in mud and ruined a perfectly good outfit. She should have remembered it was going to be wet since it was called a rain forest. In Rio, she and a friend were left with no means to get back to the hotel on the other side of the city. Neither Margaret nor her companion spoke Portuguese and there wasn't a cab in sight. Thankfully one finally pulled up to the curb at the museum because she couldn't see herself hiking across Rio to get back to the hotel at night.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Jan Warren

Heroine Kate Collier is the typical small-town girl whose adventures are limited to the books she reads. Her safe and orderly life changes abruptly with the news that her biochemist brother is missing. His last-known destination was the deepest part of the Amazon jungle. As his twin, Kate is convinced he is still alive, even though the government has failed to find any sight of him or his research team.

When the search is officially called off, she must leave her comfort zone to mount her own rescue. She isn't in the primitive Brazilian town of Mandras a day, when she realizes without the help of the ruggedly handsome American, A.C. Slader to guide her, she might not survive the village's uncivilized citizens or the assassins hired to keep her from finding her brother.

A.C. Slader lives at the edge of humanity for a reason. All he wants is to be left alone in his misery. However, the prim and proper American lady smells of roses, and manages to stir up haunting memories of a past he's trying to forget. Even her close relationship with God irritates him. Why should he risk his life and hers for a brother that is probably already dead?

The author has managed to capture the haunting mystery of the Amazon jungle as the backdrop for a spine-tingling and fast-paced adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one. Her words will stimulate your imagination until you can feel the decaying foliage in every step and swelter in the intense tropical humidity, swiping at the insects, running from dangers, and may even feel a bit claustrophobic as the dense jungle presses in on your position.

I try and limit my fiction reviews to only the ones I can rave about. This one qualifies. I highly recommend Heart of the Amazon, filled with inspiration, romantic and suspense.

Armchair Interviews says: A real 5-star adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Therese Stenzel on May 11, 2011
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I've read a lot of Margaret Daley's books. I think she has 68? 70? out by now, but this one is my favorite. It combines adventure with romance with intrigue. If you enjoyed the movie, Romancing the Stone you will love this book.
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This is the first book in a three book series. In this book, Kate Collier has arrived in a small town in Brazil to hire a guide to find her brother who's been presumed dead. He's her twin brother and her (almost) her only living relative, and she loves him very much. That's the only thing that gives her the strength to trek through the wild Amazon jungle!

A. C. Slater is fighting his own demons. He's turned his back on God after tragic events in his life. But Kate's sweet ways and her strong faith start chipping away at his heart of stone. His mission is to get her through the Amazon to her brother safely. Then he can get back to his own life!

The adventure was great! I loved all the descriptions as the characters trek through the rain forest. I loved the development of the relationship between Slater and Kate. The romance was filled with so much tension - made for a great read!

The only thing I didn't like was the abruptness a few scenes changed. I understand this was limited in words and that's probably why. But it bothered me how they were in the wilds of the rain forest one moment, then back in town the nest. Then they went from town to Dallas...I wanted to see the "in between" stuff...

The books in this series:
Heart of the Amazon
Buried Secrets
Forsaken Canyon
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This book intrigued me with its setting, and I was not disappointed. It not only had a romance, but believable suspense, and the descriptions of the Amazon area, which were interesting. Since I have never been to the Amazon, and can only imagine, the author wove her tale believable enough for me that I was able to travel through her writing, as well as be involved in a mystery and a romance - all without leaving my own home!!! Thanks, Margaret Daley!
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By Deborah S. Craft on October 22, 2013
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If you enjoyed watching the movie -- Romancing the Stone, you'll love reading Heart of the Amazon. When I read, I become the heroine, so I got to race through the jungle for my life with the hero...and the hero was even more impressive than Jack T Colton...if that is even possible (Michael Douglas in his younger days). Loved the read. So much so I picked up another Margaret Daley Inspirational Romance.
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