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When the Heart Lies [Kindle Edition]

Christina North
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The biggest secrets have a habit of catching up with you…

Romance novelist Kinsley Wentworth, a young mother who occasionally suffers from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, has a knack for approaching life as if she were a character in one of her novels. Kinsley is desperately in need of love, the one thing missing from her marriage.

Bad decisions can have terrifying consequences…

After a failed attempt at reconciliation with her estranged husband Nick, Kinsley meets Wayde online, and they develop a friendship. He’s allegedly searching for her missing brother. Wayde convinces Kinsley that he will help her find her brother if she moves to Florida with her young son, but Kinsley soon finds herself trapped in an abusive and potentially life-threatening situation.

A knight in shining armor…

Unknown to Kinsley, she is not totally alone; she has a protector. Jackson, a private investigator hired to watch over her and her son, is always close at hand. A little too close, Jackson is falling for a woman in a hopeless situation.

A fairytale happily ever after?

Kinsley is convinced she can forgo her own need for love to provide her son with a traditional family. But Jackson is determined to give Kinsley the space and time she needs, confident she will figure out that he is the reality she has been looking for all along.


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About the Author

Author Biography Christina North is an author who prides herself on creating characters that are authentic, yet, heartbreakingly, troubled souls. Often unlikable, they live, love, and struggle, in a way that not everyone can empathize with. Her characters are recreation of the kind of people we all know, love, and possibly loathe at times. In a world that is often harsh and unforgiving, they don’t always make the right choices and do battle to find their way. Perhaps, you’re one of them. Christina is determined to take her readers with her as she examines the darker side of life in the depth and bring peace and happiness in the end. She also enjoys mixing it up with a bit of suspense, a dash of thrills, and a great romance. A single mother of two teenage boys, Christina was born and raised in Upstate, New York and now resides in Richmond, Virginia. She aspires to live the remainder of her life, creating stories that will touch the hearts of readers everywhere.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1812 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491021020
  • Publisher: Christina North; 2 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1ETW8A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Emotions on this One February 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
** I received a free copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review **

Christina North’s gives a bitter sweet romance in her debut novel.

“When the Heart Lies” is really about finding true happiness. Kinsley Wentworth is in a failed marriage looking for space to get perspective. When She meets Wayde, an ex military man, who claims he can help her find her brother she jumps at the opportunity. Unfortunately for her Wayde is not what he appears to be and she ends up unhappy in an abusive relationship that she can not escape. All the while in the back round is Jackson, a private investigator, which was hired to make sure she doesn’t get hurt.

I have really mixed feelings on this book.

With out a doubt Christina North has the ability to write. Her characterizations are superbly vivid while the dialogue is just amazing. There is a strong current of sexual desire between Kinsley and Jackson and a few unambiguous encounters that go a long way to proving that point. When she talks about Wayde and his nicotine stained hands I was cringing right along with Kinsley. The strength of this story is the personal relationships and the emotions derived from the situation.

What I question is North’s story telling ability. The book climaxed about two third of the way through, leaving the remainder to pull all the pieces together and explaining why everything came to fruition. I personally felt as though the chapters weren’t in the right order. While North is so outstanding in her romantic writing I found it lacking in on the side of the abuse. I questioned for sometime why Kinsley was so afraid of Wayde. Why doesn’t she just pick up and go. I had a hard time feeling the true threat until almost the climax.

Please don’t get me wrong, there is a strong story here with a few twists and revelations that can rival anything written for a day time soap opera. It is an emotionally charged modern day drama.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice read January 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, this is a review from a guy, who is not the most romantic creature on the Earth - at least my wife says so. I like this book for two reasons.

One: Kinsley, the heroine took revenge on the bad guys. This is what Jack Reacher would do (if you know who I'm talking about). The bastards who beguile, deceit and finally kidnap her are finally punished. The good wins, and gets away with it.

Two: the chemistry between Jackson and Kinsley worked surprisingly well for me. There was wanting, there were obstacles, there were fighting emotions, there were misunderstandings. I'm not an expert in romance, but I found myself turning pages more quickly when they found the love in each other. You know what I mean.

Three (it just came into my mind, so I like the book for three reasons): there were some twists and turns I didn't expect. I don't want to spoil the book, you will have to read it yourself, but there are surprises along the story.

At first I found Kinsley week in character, indecisive, not knowing what she wanted, but later I realised that this is her personality, this is why she made bad decisions, and this is why she had a chance to stand up and get out of the trouble. Besides, who said a protagonist always has to be a strong-willed one?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me... July 23, 2013
By wward
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hardly ever delete a book from my Kindle without finishing it even if it is really bad. So to tell you that I stopped and deleted it at 35% on this book should carry some weight. I'm not sure why other reviewers gave it such high ratings, perhaps it gets better as you go along. I simply could not get invested in the story. I didn't care about the characters and felt I was wasting my time. The main female character is so scattered that I couldn't bring myself to care about her drama. I just can't see this scenario happening in real life and it's not fantastic enough to warrant my time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When The Heart Lies February 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
WHEN THE HEART LIES by Christina North

Released January 15, 2013

REVIEW: WHEN THE HEART LIES is not your typical romance novel. If anything, it is a contemporary suspense novel with a little bit of romance and a little bit of sex and a whole lot of betrayal, revenge and heartbreaking pain.

When The Heart Lies is a study in bad family dynamics-the Wentworth family take the title of dysfunctional family to a whole other dimension. Stuck in a loveless marriage to a man who continues to drink and womanize, Kinsley Wentworth searches for a way out-but she soon finds herself a virtual prisoner to an abusive man she met on the internet. And to complicate matters, she has taken her young son with her hoping for a fresh start and a new beginning.

As the storyline develops we uncover the many sides of Kinsley Wentworth-a woman who wants desperately to be loved but finds a different kind of love in all of the wrong places. Kinsley is a woman familiar to many people but at the same time, we would probably throw our hands in the air and give up trying to help. Placing herself into a situation that risks both her life and her son's forces a close family member to hire a private investigator to keep an eye out for her safety. But all too soon, Kinsley will begin to fall in love with the man sent to guard and protect her from her own life choices. And the reality of her situation worsens when she becomes a prisoner in a war of blackmail and revenge.

WHEN THE HEART LIES is a well-written, heartbreaking, introspective and suspense filled storyline that will have many readers angry at some of the choices our heroine makes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
This was a good read. Was kind of slow at first but then the paced picked up after the kidnapping. Everything Kinsley went thru was something to keep a secret. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad All around
This book was too much for me I don't like the fact that she had an issue with her husband nick and this whole time her son belonged to her father in law . Read more
Published 2 months ago by trav's wifey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Debut
When the Heart Lies is a fantastic first novel. It follows Kinsley, a troubled young mother trying to do the right thing by her child while trying to find herself. Read more
Published 2 months ago by augustgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not great
Overall this was a good book. My biggest issue was that there were so many sub-plots left without an ending. All the characters were woven together but yet they weren't connecting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wendylu4
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but good
good book lots of twists and turns. except the unexpected and for a romance book it's not ordinary. good ending though happy
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
I thought the story was okay but it honestly did not pull me in emotionally and I really only finished the book to see what would happen in the end, not because I enjoyed it but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting story with some twists
I started this book because I needed a book to read and it sounded like a good read. What I didn't expect was to get cauGht up in a very good story with a some expected twists and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Theresa M. Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars L-O-V-E-D it
Great story. I didn't know what to expect when I firat started reading, but I really enjoyed seeing a broken character find their healing and love finally.
Published 4 months ago by L. Cotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing
I'm guilty of always thinking I have the story figured out, and as a reviewer who reads a book a day, I usually do! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alabama Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
so didn't see all that twist and turns coming I mean. some I could have predicted but this book kept me on edge and made me wonder
Published 5 months ago by LovelyDee
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Christina North is an author who prides herself on creating characters that are authentic, yet, heartbreakingly, troubled souls. Often unlikable, they live, love, and struggle, in a way that not everyone can empathize with. Her characters are recreation of the kind of people we all know, love, and possibly loathe at times.
In a world that is often harsh and unforgiving, they don't always make the right choices and do battle to find their way. Perhaps, you're one of them. Christina is determined to take her readers with her as she examines the darker side of life in the depth and bring peace and happiness in the end. She also enjoys mixing it up with a bit of suspense, a dash of thrills, and a great romance.
A single mother of two teenage boys, Christina was born and raised in Upstate, New York and now resides in Richmond, Virginia. She aspires to live the remainder of her life, creating stories that will touch the hearts of readers everywhere.

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