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Heart Strings [Kindle Edition]

Betty Jo Schuler
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Keely Johannsen idolized Mark Jefferson from the time she was a little girl. He was everything she wasn't: strikingly attractive, irresponsible, daring. They were friends, but then he took her to her first dance and gave her her first kiss. She was devastated when he died racing his Mustang down a residential street. Eight months later, she's still living in a grief-filled haze. She doesn't even look at boys until she meets a stranger outside Mark's house. Jonathan Michael Andrews III ("Tripp as in triple.") is about her age, tall, with light brown hair and coffee-colored eyes. He's everything Mark wasn't: cautious, reliable, considerate. He even volunteers at the hospital, entertaining children in coronary care. Keely finds herself drawn to Tripp, to his sensitivity and honesty, and he seems drawn to her. She's delighted when she discovers he'll be spending the summer with his aunt, Mark's mother.

Keely's heart starts to heal as she and Tripp grow closer, but as the summer reaches its peak, she discovers that Tripp is not who he says he is. He's been lying to protect a secret—a secret that could shatter Keely's heart all over again.


"HEART STRINGS" is a unique story. Tender, moving, funny, gripping and
intelligent, a perfect mix, excellently written with a wonderful ear for modern
teenager's dialogs. The serious issues - organ donation, recklessness, honesty -
melt seamlessly with the smoothly flowing plot.

“HEART STRINGS” by Betty Jo Schuler will capture your heart for eternity. Is it ever okay to withhold the truth? Tripp finds it extremely difficult to confide in Keely his secret. Should he take a chance and tell her the heart transplant he received was donated by her recently deceased boyfriend? How will Keely react when she discovers the truth? Will she believe Tripp truly loves her, or will she think it's Mark's heart? This tale isn't for only Young Adults, I recommend it for all those hopeless romantics. Kim's Reviews~~Reviewed by Kim Gaona

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About the Author

An Indiana native, Betty Jo Schuler and her husband now live in Florida where she gazes out the window at sunshine and tropical scenery while pursuing her lifelong love of working with words. The author of twenty-two books, she writes for children, teens, and adults. She is a former teacher with a BS and MA in Education.

Product Details

  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (February 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077EV920
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for Heart Strings August 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I accepted the book for review because, I thought it sounded like it would be a sweet story. was, but it was easy to put down and come back to. I felt there could have been more depth to the characters. I did like Tripp, but didn't see Mark's appeal at all. Keely was just, ok to me. She had such an idolized perception of Mark. We get a brief view of her history with him, but again, I didn't see the appeal. I did think Tripp and Keely's relationship was sweet. So, while I may have had some issues with the characters, I did enjoy the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fun April 22, 2012
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Heart Strings is a fast read that actually does grab you by the heart strings. I like the idea behind it and the characters weren't difficult to relate to. I haven't read a story like the one this writer has put together. It was so original! I loved the romance. I am happy to be the second to review this indie book. Five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! December 6, 2013
By Reyna
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I just loved the whole plot and story line. This book is the cutest thing ever. I will definitely be reading more books from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would Highly Recommend November 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really loved this book. The reality of this book was amazing. It was the perfect love story but kept it clean which makes this book for most ages. Betty Jo Schuler is an outstanding author and I would love to read her other works.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I might be too old for this book November 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
1.5 stars

Heart Strings is a quick and easy read, though not a particularly good one. It wasn't horrible, but I wouldn't recommend it either. Maybe you need to be younger to enjoy reading it. I don't know. Everything came together and worked out a little too easy. It wasn't really believable.

Keely is so hung up on Mark still, who died 8 months ago in a racing accident. Then suddenly Tripp shows up and she is almost instantly starting to like him. There were two brief freak outs, but then it was just like Tripp all the way for her. Alright I guess, but if you are so in love with Mark shouldn't it take a little more to get over him?

Then Tripp. I get his whole new lease on life thing, but he is pretty much instantly in love with Keely. I just didn't see it. He seemed like a nice guy, but there wasn't enough character development for me to really know either of these characters (or see a relationship between the two). Every time Keely and Tripp were together it felt a little...wooden? Something was just off so it didn't seem real. So I didn't really care about either of them. That and they are both keeping secrets which once found out cause a short freak out, but super quick and easy working everything out. All of the drama in the book also seemed a bit pointless. I don't know. It just wasn't a very good read for an adult. The end just left me shaking my head like really? It is that easy? Alright...well on to the next book.

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More About the Author

An Indiana native, Betty Jo Schuler and her husband now live in Florida where she gazes out the window at sunshine and tropical scenery while pursuing her lifelong love of working with words. The author of twenty-two books, she writes for children, teens, and adults. A former elementary teacher with a BS and MA in education, Betty Jo is an instructor for Writers Digest University where she teaches online writing courses. She's taught romance classes and fundamentals of writing for children but most recently, she's been working with students who want to publish young adult novels. In her spare time, Betty Jo enjoys yoga, water aerobics, and fun with friends. She and Paul also love to get together with their four grown kids and their families whenever they can. Visit her website at

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