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The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Adrienne Vaughan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Hollow Heart, a contemporary romantic adventure.
Marianne Coltrane is a feisty, award-winning journalist who is far from lucky in love. Taking herself off to the wilds of the west of Ireland to recuperate, she literally runs into Ryan O'Gorman, the most conceited, infuriating man in the world.
He's an actor who's just landed the biggest role in movie history and he loathes journalists. One thing they do have in common is they both think their chance of true love has passed them by...but fate has other ideas!
Sexy, moving and funny, this heart-warming duo and cast of colourful characters will stay with you, long after the last page leaves you smiling.


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About the Author

Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough audience. As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. It was no surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and marry a pop star – some of that came true – and in common with so many, still holds the burning ambition to be a ‘Bond Girl’! She now runs a busy PR practice and writes poems, short stories and ideas for books, in her spare time. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a founder member of the indie publishing group The New Romantics4. Adrienne lives in Leicestershire with her husband, two cocker spaniels and a retired dressage horse called Marco. The Hollow Heart is her debut novel. The sequel, A Change of Heart, is currently being scribbled down at every available moment.

Product Details

  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Publisher: The New Romantics4; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A06NUMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a cracking read February 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
I very much enjoyed reading this debut novel. I liked the pace of the story and loved the evocative descriptions of the Irish landscape, in which you could almost taste and smell the sea. The main character Marianne is an independent, enthusiastic journalist who you could identify and empathise with, particularly regarding the challenges she faced. The descriptions of evenings spent in the local pub in Ireland were very amusing together with the characters that Marianne met, who lived and worked locally and whose lives she became so entwined with.
This novel has a bit of everything - romance, sadness, glamour and adventure - a thoroughly enjoyable read !
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut! December 5, 2012
By MrsRave
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed The Hollow Heart. A great cast of characters, plenty of grit, glitz and glamour, and some memorable comic moments, so vividly portrayed that you can't help nodding your head, grinning and picturing every scene. I loved the spirited heroine, Marianne, whose chemistry with sexy, leading man, Ryan O'Gorman, creates all sorts of dilemmas. The novel is also quite moving in places. Definitely a story that touches the full spectrum of emotions. Fab debut!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not finish January 4, 2013
By gig
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I could not get interested in the story. The characters were not memorable and the story was difficult to follow. The story had so many characters and sub plots that I lost interest and did not finish
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By AlisonW
Format:Kindle Edition
Marianne Coltrane is an award-winning journalist with tragedy in her past but a seemingly glittering future ahead. She meets dependable MP George at an awards ceremony and life seems settled and happy. However, some twists and turns throw Marianne’s life into turmoil and she eventually travels to a small Irish island hoping to find some peace. Here she meets some wonderful characters and makes some wonderful friends. She also falls for a gorgeous film star - also trying to find some peace in Innishmahon. But things never go smoothly for Marianne, and circumstances soon have her in turmoil again as she strives to make the right decisions to ensure a happy future.
Adrienne Vaughan paints a charming picture of the locals and the life of Innishmahon, and gives us a strong, feisty and likeable character in Marianne. I found myself cheering her on, and hoping that she would eventually find happiness. There were also some really interesting sub-plots that added to the joy and the tragedy of this well-written and thoroughly enjoyable novel.
I did find the islanders perhaps a little too good to be true at times - and I wondered about the speed at which Marianne and Oonagh became such close friends. The sub-plot concerning Oonagh was particularly well written and sympathetic - however, because I liked Oonagh so much, I would have liked this to have been developed further.
On the whole though, this is a great read, perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon or to take with you to the beach this summer. I recommend ‘The Hollow Heart’ and will definitely be reading the follow-up, ‘A Change of Heart.’
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic mystery with an Irish setting May 10, 2014
Format:Paperback
The Hollow Heart is the first book in the Heartfelt series. It features reporter Marianne Coltrane and begins with her work at the Chesterford Chronicle where her latest scoop uncovers the illegal sale of babies from a refuge for single pregnant women. Once the story breaks Marianne finds herself being awarded Journalist of the Year for her stolen babies expose.

It's at the awards she meets dependable George Brownlow MP. With a twist, destiny plunges Marianne through a series of cruel disasters and it's not until she decides to take a break and escape to the Island of Innishmahon off of the Irish coast, that she begins to mend her emotional wounds. The people of the island are so welcoming; Padar and Oonagh Quinn who run the pub, Miss MacReady the postmistress and Father Gregory.

Marianne finds another person on the island is also there to find himself and escape from life. Ryan O'Gorman, TV star, once saved Marianne's life, now he's here saving more lives when a storm hits and families need rescuing. He doesn't want to be remembered as a hero he wants to be a writer, but life in the fast lane pulls him away from the island and Marianne.

Stormy times lay ahead for more than one character, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series to see how obstacles are overcome, relationships smoothed and families are re-united. I really enjoyed Marianne's journey and easily fell in love with the people and the island of Innishmahon.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure escapism! January 21, 2013
By lindaB
Format:Paperback
The Hollow Heart was recommended to me by a friend. Romantic fiction is not my usual reading (though I admit to loving a RomCom at the movies), but I thought I'd give it a go. I was hooked from the first chapter and by the end of the book felt like I actually knew these people; the characters were so well drawn and likeable (well,most of them!) I finished the book in two days because I couldn't put it down and was left wanting more. I felt completely involved in Marianne's changing emotions and identified strongly with many of the characters. The story made me smile, lifted my heart in places and even brought a tear to my eye at one point. I've never been to Ireland, or lived in a small community but I could feel the pull on my heartstrings to be part of such a place. I hope the sequel follows quickly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut!
This is a fantastic story!
Début novel by the lovely Adrienne Vaughan, it will keep you glued to the book until you've finished it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isabella
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish charm
The book started slow. Too much happening in Marianne's life and too much of her past carried over to the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow Heart
I loved this story. I had actually read the second book of this series before reading this one, but it all fell beautifully into place anyway and made perfect sense in how the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jofromoz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Debut Novel!
I really loved this novel. The story of Marianne Coltrane, a campaigning journalist, is gripping from the start. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sharon Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books ..............
You know when you have a good book by your bed ......................... you don't stay up watching rubbishTV late at night................ Read more
Published 13 months ago by TR
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hallow Heart by Adrienne Vaughan
Marianne Coltrane is an award winning, investigative journalist. She uses her journalist skills to do good, to campaign for justice and to expose wrong doing wherever and whenever... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nikki Bywater
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, vibrant, romantic adventure story
I loved this book. It was one of those that once you start, you just have to keep going, so when you buy it make sure you leave yourself a good clear weekend to just read! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sarah Houldcroft
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read...
I've just finished reading 'The Hollow Heart' whilst basking by the pool in sunny Tenerife. It really is a gripping and entertaining read, but also a very easy read... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bex J
5.0 out of 5 stars Roller coaster romance
The twists and turns of life and love abound in this wonderfully entertaining book. Loved the spicy characters and ever changing storylines.
Published 17 months ago by Monica
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow Heart
As a guy I though that this was just going to be one of those girlie books that I wouldn't like, and far from the crime novels that have become my staple reading of late. Read more
Published 19 months ago by NicJ
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Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated - tough audience. As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. It was no surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and marry a pop star - some of that came true - and in common with so many, still holds the burning ambition to be a 'Bond Girl'! She now runs a busy PR practice and writes poems, short stories and ideas for books, in her spare time. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and a founder member of the indie publishing group The New Romantics4. Adrienne lives in Leicestershire with her husband, two cocker spaniels and a retired dressage horse called Marco. The Hollow Heart is her debut novel. The sequel, A Change of Heart, is currently being scribbled down at every available moment.

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