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Hold On My Heart [Kindle Edition]

Tracy Brogan
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Book Description

To build a future, sometimes you have to tear down the past…

Chicago event planner Libby Hamilton can turn any bland setting into a dramatic venue—but when she abruptly loses her job, and her fair-weather boyfriend moves to another state, Libby suddenly finds herself back in the tiny town she grew up in. Worse than that, her father wants help transforming an old schoolhouse into a vintage ice cream parlor and Libby must trade in her power suits for power tools.

Widowed restoration specialist Tom Murphy can rebuild just about anything—except the shattered relationship he shares with his teenaged daughter. Hired by Libby’s father, Tom isn’t interested in sharing the details of his personal life with beautiful, spunky Libby. He just wants to get the job done. But she is tenacious—and sexy—and it doesn’t take long before she breaks down his walls, builds up his hope, and gets a hold on his heart that won’t let go.

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From Publishers Weekly

Brogan's sophomore contemporary (after Crazy Little Thing) successfully blends a sassy heroine and humor with deep emotional issues and a traditional romance. Suddenly jobless with her relationship on the rocks, event planner Libby Hamilton moves back to her small hometown to live with her happy, chaotic family. Perfect older sister Ginny is married and pregnant, wild younger sister Marti is engaged, and Dad is turning a historic one-room schoolhouse into an ice-cream parlor—using Libby's savings. Working with her father, Libby meets Tom Murphy, a restoration specialist. On the darker side of the story, Tom is mourning the death of his wife, killed in a car accident a year ago in which he was behind the wheel. Unable to move on, Tom struggles to maintain relationships with his teen daughter and his wife's parents. The contrast between Tom's genuine pain and the lighthearted conflicts in Libby's family can feel odd, but the well-developed characters and the sweet story with just a touch of heat will please readers looking for a creative take on romance.

From Library Journal

Fired from her Chicago job because of a misdirected email, dumped by her longtime boyfriend, and caught up in her father's crazy plan to turn a dilapidated historical schoolhouse into an ice cream parlor, event planner Libby Hamilton's life is in shreds. Tom Murphy, a widowed restoration contractor who's working on the building, isn't doing much better. With grief and guilt over the accident that killed his wife and a rebellious teenage daughter weighing him down, Tom has no time for anything but work—until persistent Libby takes an interest. VERDICT Launched in hilarious style by an embarrassingly cute meet, this delightful romantic comedy will keep the smiles coming. Brogan (Highland Surrender) is a current RITA Award nominee for her earlier Crazy Little Thing. She lives in Michigan.

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  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611098882
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (June 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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"This was just the type of thing to happen around the Hamilton Family. Tom should have known the day couldn't go by without some sort of mishap. Their luck was nearly as bad as his. If there was an abandoned well around, one of them was bound to fall in."

This observation made by the hero of the book gives a pretty accurate glimpse of the most-of-the-time (comedically) disaster prone but all-of-the-time colorful family of the heroine.

Libby Hamilton finds herself back home with her family after a disastrous end to her promising corporate career in Chicago. She is fired as a result of a dreaded mistaken 'reply all' email wherein she disparages her boss. Jobless, she moves back into her old room until she can regroup.

In the meantime her father, a retired high school history teacher with an encyclopedic level trivia knowledge of the mating habits of various members of the animal kingdom and a dismal entrepreneurship record, has bought a broken down old one room school house to turn into an old fashioned Ice Creame Shoppe. Libby is drafted as his helper.

His contractor is Tom Murphy. He of the brawny arms and complicated relationship with a teenaged daughter. Tom is not much of a talker (but that is ok the Hamilton family talk enough for him) and he is overcoming some difficult times but he finds himself fascinated by Libby and drawn, despite himself, into the high comedic drama that seems to follow her family.

I had read Crazy Little Thing by this author and completely ADORED it! It was funny and snappy. And the family dynamics in that book were a hoot.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for her next book! June 28, 2013
I've just read Hold On My Heart for a second time and am planning to re-read both of Brogan's other 2 books. I can't wait for her next one! I actually got to go to a book signing for Hold On My Heart and Brogan is just as charming and funny in real life as her characters are in her books. This is an author to watch!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant read June 30, 2013
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Having absolutely loved "Crazy Little Thing" I immediately pre-ordered "Hold on my Heart" expecting the same level of enjoyment. Ms. Brogan writes intelligently and the story flowed well, the characters were likeable but I felt the humor was somewhat forced. This reads like a much more traditional romance novel than the last one, and I can't really say there's anything wrong with it except that the ending was quite abrupt. It simply lacked, for me, the spark immediate in "Crazy" that made it unputdownable.The love scenes were very nicely done, sexy and sensual. I didn't dislike this book, it just doesn't, in my opinion, stand out of the crowd as her last did.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love! May 7, 2013
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When Chicago event planner Libby Hamilton loses her job and her fair-weather boyfriend in the same day, she's forced to move back home where her eccentric father just bought an old schoolhouse he wants to convert into an ice cream parlor. Things begin to look up, though, when widowed restoration specialist Tom Murphy shows up to help. Tom is sexy and quiet and tough, but can Libby break through his exterior and show him love is worth trying again?

I was amazed by how much I loved this book. This was a fabulous mix of hilarity and heart. Tom had me from the first time we saw him, and Libby's internal dialog had me rolling. The setting was sweet, the secondary characters added nicely to the story, and the romance was realistic and hot. Widows are always tough to work in, but Brogan did a great job. I love endings that you can both sigh at and find rationality. A book not to be missed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, fun, crazy book August 8, 2013
By Diva52
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I enjoy reading a book where the characters seem real and the story moves along well. Each character in this book was different. This story had a twist in it that was interesting. The male love interest had a teenage daughter, but he wasn't that old himself and he was a widower, rather than divorced. Those differences made for an intriguing love story that included very real counseling session scenes as he and his daughter worked through the grief process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining! August 14, 2013
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Loved this book from beginning to end! It's laugh out loud funny and also tenderly written! I would recommend this book for the young and young at heart!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable August 15, 2013
By Nins
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I have now read all Tracy Brogan's books available on Kindle, can't wait for more! I recommend her books highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice heart-warming love story August 14, 2013
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Easy, light reading with a nice story line to follow along the way. Very enjoyable read with a light and refreshing writing style. Leaves you with a smile on your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Story
I think ive found yet another great writer to add to my small list of favorites. Great book. Very enjoyable every step of the way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
I loved this book. The characters were fun. A little bit of everything in this adventure. I didn't want it to end! Looking forward to another read from the author.
Published 8 days ago by Janet
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A very good story, I enjoyed it very much!
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Way to go!
Another sweet story. I loved how it kept me guessing. I loved their interaction and the way they handled his daughter. Good fun, LAUGHS and a smidgen of mischief. Good read!
Published 11 days ago by Fast Reader 28
4.0 out of 5 stars But it was a nice family story with a love tale in the mix
I really thought about it before purchasing it as the picture of the book really feels too 1980's. But it was a nice family story with a love tale in the mix.
Published 13 days ago by Becky Ch,
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It's a good book about moving on and how life changes can be good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hold on my heart
I really liked the characters. Wish we would have seen more of Nana though, she is a hoot. Main characters are pretty well written, and the story itself is pretty good. Read more
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Great book!
Published 18 days ago by Rebecca Ewald
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Author Tracy Brogan always has the nicest people in her books. Hold On My Heart is a sweet sentimental romance.
Published 19 days ago by Bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars easy flow. Keep me wants to read more to ...
Interesting story , easy flow. Keep me wants to read more to know what happen next.
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More About the Author

#1 Bestseller in both Contemporary and Historical Romance
RWA RITA Finalist, 2015, Best Contemporary Romance
RWA RITA Finalist, 2013, Best First Book
Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Top 100 Kindle Bestseller List 2013 & 2014

Tracy Brogan is a two-time nominee of the Romance Writers of America RITA award, first for her debut novel CRAZY LITTLE THING (Best First Book, 2013) and again in 2015 for Best Contemporary Romance, LOVE ME SWEET. She is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller, earned the coveted Diamond Award from Amazon Publishing, and earned a spot on the Kindle Top 100 List in both 2013 and 2014.Her bestselling novels have sold more than a million copies internationally, and have been translated into several languages including German, French, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. She is a two-time Golden Quill award winner for both her contemporary and historical novels (HIGHLAND SURRENDER) and has also won a Booksellers Best award in the historical category.

Brogan lives in Michigan, the state shaped like a mitten, and is therefore prone to pointing to the palm of her hand when explaining where she lives. She shares her home with one bemused husband, two gloriously above-average children, and their intellectually challenged dogs.

Tracy loves to hear from readers so please contact her at, or visit her website at You can find her on Facebook at or

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