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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bywater Books (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932859772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932859775
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Ms Martin taught in the Michigan public school system for twenty-five years, has worked as a journalist and professional photographer, and coached both high school and collegiate teams as well as amature ASA teams. Her coaching career produced many Tri-County and MHSAA championship softball and basketball teams, and championship ASA softball teams. She was the founder of the Michigan Women's Major Fastpitch Association and its president for ten years. In 1973 she won the precedent-setting case in a Michigan court establishing equal pay for women coaches.

Ms. Martin is co-owner of Bywater Books and currently splits her time between writing and publishing.

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It is obvious in reading work by Marianne Martin that she is thorough and careful in her research.
Steve Smeltzer
Even when she has an opportunity to get Laura back there is still the chance that she will turn to alcohol instead.
Sage320
Love in the Balance Sharon was a secondary character in Love in the Balance, and not an entirely likable one.
Bett Norris

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sage320 on July 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
One of life's lessons is learning where boundaries are and how to live within them. Marianne K. Martin uses the interactions between friends to show how boundaries can be difficult to maintain.

The book picks up a story line first addressed in Martin's book Love in the Balance and brings it forward ten years. Charlie Crawford murdered two neighbors who were lesbians and now his family is trying to get him out of prison early because he is dying. The killings nearly destroyed the life of Sharon Davis who was a friend of the slain women. The trauma of the incident drove her into alcoholism and caused her relationship with her lover Laura to fail. Years later Sharon thinks she has finally put her life back together and then the effort to free Crawford sends her back into the bottle. On top of that, Laura has returned to town to care for her ailing mother. Sharon has two obsessions and they're about to slam into each other. She can't resist Laura and she cannot forgive Crawford. People who know her, especially her best friend and business partner Kasey Hollander, are afraid Sharon is going to lose control of her life again, but disagree over what they should do about it. What they do not want is a repeat of what happened ten years ago.

The Indelible Heart can be read and appreciated as a story of a woman who is trying to find balance in her life and her chance to possibly recapture the love she once knew. If the reader is looking for a romance, then this book suits that purpose. Marianne Martin has a habit though of going deeper with her characters and sometimes that can make the observant reader uncomfortable.

Sharon, for example, cannot just commit to an action, she becomes consumed by it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bett Norris on May 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
This novel touches on many things, depression, anger, death, murder, love, organizing, but this will come as no surprise to readers of Martin's body of work. She is adept at including social issues and ethics within her books, and this one is no exception. This is a sequel to Love in the Balance, and picks up that story ten years later, focusing on the character of Sharon.Love in the Balance

Sharon was a secondary character in Love in the Balance, and not an entirely likable one. That Martin chose to make her the focus of this new book demonstrates real talent as a writer, to get the reader to want to know more about this gruff, blunt, angry and fiercely loyal woman.

Love in the Balance concerned a murder that affected the entire group of friends, Sharon perhaps most of all. Ten years have passed, and she is still just as angry as when the tragic event happened. Sharon has suffered, more than most, because of her inability to move on and focus on herself, and what she has allowed the tragedy to do to her life.

This is a wonderful book, one that kept me near tears on every page, and one that made me smile at the end. For anyone who has suffered a loss, or anyone who has needed to make a change, and certainly for anyone who loves a good book, The Indelible Heart is a must read. (less) [edit]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TerryB on September 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sharon Davis is still only just about coping with her life ten years after the murder of her friends, Evonne and Donna at the hands of Charlie Crawford. Sharon's life changed drastically after their deaths. She fought for justice for them, but her life spiralled out of control and she turned to alcohol just to get her through the traumatic experience. Her reliance on alcohol cost her her relationship with her partner Laura. Laura couldn't cope with the similarities between Sharon's drinking and how her father's drinking had affected their family.
Sharon was helped to cope with Laura's departure by her best friend Kasey and their other close friends. Sharon finally manages to get her life mostly in control until she hears that Charlie Crawford is dying and his family are seeking an early release. Sharon is devastated and consumed with renewed hatred. She can't forgive Charlie Crawford and once again turns to alcohol. Before Sharon gets too far out of control, help arrives in the form of a tiny bundle of fur, a dog named Abby. The turning point for Sharon came when Abby got knocked down by a truck. She had to stay sober to look after her.
Unknown to Sharon, her ex lover Laura has returned to the area to care for her mother.
Will there be a chance Laura will take Sharon back? It's obvious they still love one another. But will that be enough? Will Sharon ever be able to let go of her hatred and forgive Charlie?

This is another wonderful book from Marianne. The story is well written and right from the beginning I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down until I'd finished it.
There is so much in this book. Much more than a romance. Hate, depression, anger, alcoholism, loss of love, courage, love, romance to name but some of the topics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "ABQ Bookworm" @ Kayro's Korner on August 17, 2011
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Far be it from me to attempt to improve upon the 3 reviewers of the paperback version of Marianne Martin's latest novel, "Indelible Heart". For all of us Kindle-ites, (or Nook-ers) the e-book has just become available and, having just finished reading it, I too consider it to be a must read.

In my opinion Marianne K. Martin is one of the premier authors in this genre. If you have never read any of her books, I recommend that you take the time to acquaint yourself with this author's sensitive, witty and insightful story telling. You most definitely will not be sorry!

All but one of Marianne's 9 books are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and e-book formats at very reasonable prices. Her first book "Legacy of Love", is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback only. However, I have it on good authority that the e-book will be available in February, 2012. If you have not yet read "Never Ending" (sequel to Legacy) for Kindle or Nook, I suggest you borrow or purchase the paperback version of Legacy before reading "Never Ending". Although "The Indelible Heart" is the story of Sharon From "Love In The Balance", there is a good portion of this book that continues the story of Sage and Deanne from "Legacy..."and "Never Ending" 10 years later. So fans of Sage Bistro get to hear more of her story as well!

I certainly hope it won't be too long a wait for this fellow Michiganders next novel.
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