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Ellen Ross, a widowed mother of two young adults, is looking for a change when a family friend invites her to accompany him to Basel, Switzerland. Basel is renowned for its art - and it doesn't disappoint. In fact, she meets a youthful Swiss artist, Christian Karl. Christian offers excitement and a step away from her rigid upbringing when he invites her to pose for a portrait. Captivated by his artistic values, she succumbs to his seduction. The afternoon not only momentarily sets her free of the lifestyle that stifles her, but rescues her heart which she believed had died with her beloved husband. She leaves Switzerland and Christian behind, thinking that what happens in Basel will stay in Basel... but actions will always have their consequences.
Madeleine McDonald pens a novel with characters that live and breathe her homeland! Her main character feels weak at first but she consistently grows as the reader turns the pages. The author does an admirable job of painting a deliciously believable villain in Philip. Unfortunately at times the story feels contrived, with a few twists that seem a little too convenient.
Overall though, this fall/summer romance is a refreshing change of pace that rises above the typical dynamic. McDonald paints vibrant scenes from Switzerland's green to the tiny studio of an artist to the landscape of coast and rills and a comfortable home in Scotland.
 3 1/2 stars - Ind'tale Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; Last Rose of Summer edition (July 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E4V2NI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I left school with a certificate in shorthand typing in my pocket and the intention of working my way round the world. I got no further than France, where I settled in the Dreyeckland, the "three cornered land" where France meets Switzerland and Germany. This delightful corner of Europe is a jigsaw of overlapping histories, dialects and loyalties. Although living in France, I walked or cycled over the border to work in Switzerland.

Enchantment in Morocco is set in the magical land of Morocco, a melting pot of modernity and centuries-old tradition. The Rescued Heart is set against the background of the annual Basel Art Fair.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Aken on August 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Madeleine McDonald's The Rescued Heart is a good old-fashioned romance, set in modern times in Switzerland and Edinburg. The story deals with the burgeoning romance between Ellen, a Scottish widow and Christian, a Swiss artist, with the banker, Philip, as the villain. It's a romance and therefore written with a female readership in mind, since that's what the publishers of romantic novels expect of their authors.

So, what's an ancient male doing reading such a book? Well, for a start, I'm just an old romantic. And, secondly, as a writer who enjoys incorporating romance into his own books, it's helpful to know what readers expect.

Those familiar with my reviews will know that the most important element for me is character. Here we have two main protagonists and one antagonist. All three are skilfully drawn and I easily formed empathy with both Ellen and Christian, whilst quickly disliking Philip. So, it became a book I wanted to read on from the earliest pages. The ancillary characters, principally Ellen's teenage daughter and son, are drawn with as much care and skilful observation as the main three.

The story takes a number of unexpected twists as it travels through the contemporary landscape of the Swiss art festival and the more familiar countryside of the Scottish family. There are lovely contrasts between the staid and the spontaneous. And there is building tension in the relationship between Ellen and her erstwhile friend, Philip, as his real personality and motives are revealed. Christian is a true artist, with all the freedom of spirit that entails. Further complications are introduced through the appearance and attitudes of the children.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gatorfan on September 10, 2013
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I have mixed thoughts on this book. It is more a novel than a romance. The heroine got on my last nerve. Widowed at 44-45, she is absolutely helpless. She cannot pay a bill, manage her money, make a decision, etc. So, her husband's boss takes over all her affairs and then treats her on one hand like a child and on the other like a potential wife. OH, and he is fat, bald and abusive but she figures since her life is over she might as well marry him. Your skin would crawl at the thought of having sex with this guy. GAG

She doesn't have the balls to tell him to back off. She wants to, but she will do it tomorrow. She puts off everything until tomorrow. Her 17 year old daughter acts like she is 11 and is treated that way. Mommy can't get a boyfriend because it would be unfaithful to daddy. Daddy is dead. Mommy tries to keep her new friend a secret so that the daughter is not upset. Give me a break. Unless she has been living in a cave, at 17 she is more aware than mommy knows.

Now let's talk about her 21 year old son. What a little toad. He comes in guns blazing to run his mother's life without ever talking to her about what is going on. He takes the word of this old boss of her husband, who by the way has his eye on her as well. He makes your skin crawl.

I quit reading. If she had doormat stamped any plainer on her forehead, I don't think she would have been able to see. I wanted to step into her flat and tell her to get a backbone, tell them all off and take over her own life. However, at 46 she thinks life is over, she is old, doesn't deserve anything good in life. R U KIDDING me? Her life isn't even half way over. God she needs a spine. I quit reading. I got so tired of her and her spineless self that I gave up. She didn't deserve the 6 yr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Stinson on February 16, 2014
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Even though I'm a woman, sometimes I just have to shake my head and ask, "Do I act like that as a woman?" I found myself shaking my head a few times here and hoping/wishing for some different kind of strength in the main character. To be fair, I think I'm not into emotionally charged books for a female-targeted market and reading this book reminds me of that. I need my characters to be a bit more logically oriented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrolm on October 7, 2013
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I love reading romance novels! I want to read all of this author's books.
Once I started reading it was hard to put down.
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