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The Indelible Heart Paperback – July 19, 2011
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Ms. Martin is co-owner of Bywater Books and currently splits her time between writing and publishing.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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) 
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's interesting to see the changes in the characters ten years after the senseless death of their friends. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Toneezsis
M. Martin is a writer who leaves no loose ends. The story is gripping, tender, tear jerking, and captures the true feelings of a woman's heart and emotions.Published on December 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I love this book and completes the trilogy. I wish you would continue writing about these woman and just keep us up to date with there lives now. I am a fan and love your work. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Lc!
all of Martin's books are well=written and entertaining. she obviously lays out a plot and describes germane events. hope her upcoming novel is of the same calibre.Published on February 7, 2013 by Up to Par
The Indelible Heart
First of all let me say that I am a straight male. I am also an avid reader of many types of books and believe that one needs to read a wide variety of... Read more
The Indelible Heart takes on a lot of emotional and interpersonal issues including depression, anger, substance abuse, love, personal boundaries, balance, healing, forgiveness,... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by WiseBearMedia