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Where the Heart Is [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Gardiner
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Book Description

Reese Larkin had given up on ever going home again, until she realizes that home is the only place she'll ever be able to reclaim what's most important to her. After a call from a long-lost friend, she decides to embark on a road trip to revisit her past and along the way comes to realize that home really is where the heart is...
(originally was titled House of Cards)

Praise for Jenny Gardiner's books:

"reading Jenny Gardiner is like sinking your teeth into a big frosted chocolate cupcake...you just want more." -- Meg Cabot, author of the Princess Diaries, Queen of Babble, & the Heather Wells Mysteries, on SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER

"Jenny Gardiner has done it again - this fun, fast-paced book is a great
summer read." – Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me, on SLIM TO NONE

"With her sharp wit and hilarious descriptions, Ms. Gardiner has a delightful voice that left me wanting more." -- Vee, Night Owl Romance, on SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER

****For a limited time, WHERE THE HEART IS will contain a bonus excerpt from Danielle Younge-Ullman's brilliant debut novel,FALLING UNDER, touted by the Canadian National Post as a "gripping story, crackling with energy."

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Product Details

  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jenny Gardiner Books (July 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C47BQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THE STORY OF A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY February 21, 2012
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If you check the cover of the book you might think you are getting a lighthearted chick lit romance. Well you would be wrong, the synopsis is very cleverly worded IMO. it does not tell you much at all except that a woman is going back home. Then realising that home is where the heart is. Yeah right.
For the most part this story is retrospective. Reece has not been home for twenty years, but a call from a long lost friend informing Reece of her grandmothers death, prompts her return.When Reece was born she was given by her mother to her sister to raise, as she was unmarried with no way of caring for a baby. She might as well just put her in a cage with a pack of rabid dogs. Reece's adoptive parents were trapped in an unhappy marriage, her two brothers who resented her presence made her life hell. Her grandmother whose nickname was "malice" was a bitter twisted shell of a woman. Reece had been married to a wonderful man named Taylor but she had managed to ruin that, it was always doomed she just never realised until it was over. Some of the incidents that are related in this story from Reece's past are at best depressing at worst harrowing. It isn't that this is a badly written book, it's not. But it's here masquerading as a romance, when it's not there is not one ounce of romance in this at all. To say that this is not my cup of tea might be understating things. Maybe other readers might appreciate this, I just could not.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Like a book with structure? Then this isn't for you. February 21, 2012
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There are very few books that I have a great dislike of, sadly this is one. I understand that it was "free" and that beggars can't be choosers, but this was an ebook that I will not be reading again. There's absolutely no structure and literally no plot development. You can't tell whether it's current day or if the protagonist is having flashbacks. Half the time you don't even know why you are reading the things you are. Furthermore, the author spends way too much time lamenting on and on about the protagonist's messed up family, that we never actually here anything about the main character herself. After reading it, I still have no idea of what actually was happening in the story. There are many more things I can say but to be concise, I'll sum it up. Pass on this ebook...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hang in there February 23, 2012
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I had a hard time getting into this story, but once I did I was glad I stuck with it. Although it bounced around a bit, the journey felt real, as if we were seeing the past at the same time as Reese. The ending was a little too "happy" compared to the realistic journey that led up to it, but overall it was a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read November 1, 2013
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The plot is quick and to the point, which is something I like when I want to get lost in a book for a little while. I liked the story (Reese struggling with her past and having trouble moving forward until she receives a much needed shove in the right direction), but I wish it hadn't ended so abruptly. With so many chapters leading the reader through all her trials (present day, and past reflection), I was left hungry for more when her problem was resolved. I'm still giving this book four stars though because, as I mentioned, I really liked the story overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jenny does it again! April 10, 2012
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I have read several books by this author, and they never fail to leave me feeling
with that satisfying feeling of time well spent. This is a story of a young woman
who grew up in a dysfunctional family and has the scars to prove it.

I think we can all relate to the fact that sometimes things happen in our lives
that have a lasting effect. Sometimes these are good things, other times not, but
most of us have had that sort of experience, I think?

Reese Larkin has been affected perhaps more than most due to ongoing family issues.
Although she has certainly moved on with her life, married and found herself to be mostly
happy, the phrase you can never go home again resonates deeply with her. Until one day a good
friend calls. A friend from her past.. from home. And she urges Reese to com do it, to finally
come home and face her past and hopefully put it to rest. Reese decides that maybe it is time
to do just that, and in the meantime keep her past from stealing the happiness from her present,
little by little.

This is by no means a funny, cheerful book. It is however a good story, with happy
moments and sad. Like all of the books by this author that I have read, it is a well
worth reading, and if you are like me, it will be just the first of the books by this
author that you will read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book... March 18, 2012
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I enjoyed this book from start 2 finish it was exciting and fun with a great romantic story.I Loved the the way this ended ..Great BOOK!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I must say that I was glad I made the mistake August 24, 2014
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I read this book by mistake. It was a Book Club choice bur, evidently, there is more than one book with that title. I must say that I was glad I made the mistake. It was a sweet little book and just what I needed at this time. I would Recommend it to anyone looking for a way to spend some pleasant hours.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising February 24, 2012
By Cindy
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It is very well written and it shows a a knowledge of language and use of words. The flashbacks are well designed for the story line, and the main character develops along, even if not always visibly. No, it is not a romance- it's a story about coming with grips with a messed-up past and making the most of the present. But there is a very sweet love story.
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More About the Author

Hi! I'm the author of the #1 Kindle bestselling novel SLIM TO NONE; the award-winning novel SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER; the memoir WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO'S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon Spotlight/March 2010); ANYWHERE BUT HERE; ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE; and WHERE THE HEART IS; as well as the essay collection NAKED MAN ON MAIN STREET. I also have a short story in Wade Rouse's fabulous anthology of humorous dog stories, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP that features such authors as Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Pekkanen, and more. I've published two stories for Kindle: THE GALL OF IT ALL: And None of the Three F's Rhymes with Duck, and IDOL WORSHIP: A Lost Week with the Wackos and Wannabes at American Idol Auditions.

I've had pieces appear in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR's Day to Day. I joke that I honed my fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs I've held have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that I wasn't cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably my highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, and a photographer (claim to fame: being hired to shoot Prince Charles--with a camera, silly!). I live in Virginia with my husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, one rabbit and a gregarious parrot. In my free time I study Italian, dream of traveling to exotic locales, and feel very guilty for rarely attempting to clean the house. Visit me at my website, www.jennygardiner.net; my blog, www.jennygardiner.net/blog/ ; my facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks , or twitter http://twitter.com/jennygardiner


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