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Whispers from the Heart (Journals from the Heart) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Hummel
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Whispers: The heart's way of speaking...

Madison Ragnar is a high school English teacher determined to connect with her students, to finish the next running race with a respectable time, and to avoid ever falling in love again.

But life has other plans for Madison. A man named Michael shows himself in the most unexpected places, raising questions from her best friend, Olivia, and issues around Madison's last relationship.

In the classroom, the death of a student prompts her grieving ninth graders to depend on her for answers. They turn to journal writing as a form of understanding the weight of what's happened in the walls of their teenage existence.

When Madison meets Phil, who throws a wrench in her declaration to not fall in love, it seems that her escape through miles of running is the only real footing she has in life.

Will fate determine Madison's life? Or will she have a say in its outcome?


Editorial Reviews

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2009 New York Book Festival Award Winner

"'Go read this book' doesn't do it the justice it deserves. Heather Hummel has written such a heartfelt and touching book. Madison Ragnar is such an intriguing character. One of those that makes you want to hug her and tell her it is going to be okay."
- Michelle Bell Just Jump Book Reviews


"Author Heather Hummel is a true talent with words! Whispers from the Heart is a lovely journey of fate, faith, and transformation. Madison, is an inspiring and truly relatable character that any woman can learn from. It's a wonderful read for a rainy day or relaxing on the beach!"
- Cari Kamm, Author Fake Perfect Me


"I recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a beautifully-written chick lit novel that will keep you turning pages eagerly."
 - Lost In Literature Book Reviews


"I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, fast, and heart-warming."
- Samantha Robey, Chick Lit Plus Book Reviews

From the Author

"I challenge readers to not only think, but to feel when they read my books. I do not sugar coat and present light, fluffy topics. WHISPERS FROM THE HEART deals with emotional abuse, trust issues, and teen suicide. These are topics that challenge emotions and thought. WHISPERS also provides hope and learning to trust and love again. I aim to not only entertain when I write, but to create an environment that invites the reader to think beyond their current belief system. Should someone have an adverse reaction to a storyline, I know it's because I struck a chord in them...I made them feel, perhaps something they didn't want to, but I made them feel. And that's a good thing." - Heather Hummel

Product Details

  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PathBinder Publishing (August 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GM5RIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written! October 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to admit that this is a hard review for me to write up. I have started and re-started it numerous times over the last couple of days. There is so much I want to say and yet have to be very careful what I am saying so as not to spoil the book."Go read this book" doesn't do it the justice it deserves. Heather Hummel has wrote such a heartfelt and touching book. Madison Ragnar was such an intriguing character. One of those that made you want to hug her and tell her it is going to be okay.

I really loved that Madison's past was not delved too deeply into, just enough to let you know that there was a bad relationship and that Madison wasn't willing to put her heart into another situation where she could get hurt. I admit that I was very leery of Michael's presence and each time he showed up I kept waiting for a big bombshell. When it was finally revealed I have to honestly say I never expected it. And Phil...where in real life is a man like him? Because I am calling dibs on him! The swerve of the love story was handled so rationally. I don't know if I could have handled it that way, but I liked it.

The death of the student was handled delicately and it was heartbreaking. It showed so much strength in Madison to keep herself in control and not fall apart in front of the children in the classroom.

If you want a book that is going to pull at your heart in numerous directions, this is the book for you. I cried, I cheered for Madison to find herself, and I smiled as she learned to trust herself to love again. This is the first of a trilogy and I'm anxious to read the next book and find what Heather has in store for her readers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whispers From the Heart October 23, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Heather Hummel is on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Whispers From the Heart. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, fast, and heart-warming. The main character is Madison Ragnar, a high school English teacher who is trying to forget her past. She left a bad boyfriend for a fresh start, but continually worries he is going to find her. When a man around town seems to be stalking her, her friends grow concerned. When he turns out to have a tie from Madison's past, she doesn't know how to react, or what to think of the twist of news he brings. Meanwhile, a tragic event rocks her high school class, and Madison tries her best to connect with her students while giving them an education. Along with best friend Olivia, Madison realizes the importance of living everyday to its fullest, and for letting fate works its magic.

Like I said, Whispers From the Heart is a shorter book, about 250 pages. Sometimes with shorter stories it can be easy to feel cheated out of character development or the plot, but I didn't find this to be the case. I immediately bonded with Madison, and was pulled into her world. The plot twist shocked me- definitely not what I expected, and Hummel really knows how to keep readers on their toes. It was really touching to see how Madison connected with her students as well. Overall, a solid read that I have to recommend! I can't wait for book number two from this author!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Twist October 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
I have to admit that I was a little thrown when I started reading Heather Hummel's Whispers from the Heart. Maybe it was because on my Nook I didn't have the beautiful cover that you now see. (I don't know what happened with that, but something didn't come through right.) Or maybe it was the shades of Sleeping with the Enemy that seemed to confuse me.

Madison Ragnar, a ninth grade English teacher, runs from Colorado to Virginia to escape her boyfriend Rick and the abusive relationship. Though I didn't consider Rick to be much more than neglectful, I think maybe there are some things that Heather knows about her characters that she just hinted at to us. The main thing in fiction and truth is that Madison *felt* that she was in a self-destructive relationship and needed to get out. And she does, fleeing with what she can fit into her car and never looking back again. But always looking over her shoulder.

See, Rick said he would always find her, and Madison was continually afraid, though not always able to admit it, that Rick would follow her.

Now, that's all I'm going to say about the story line because I don't want to spoil it. I will tell you this--there's a time in the book where pre-conceived notions fall away and the unexpected steps up, making this book unusual and charming. There are poignant lessons to be learned from Whispers from the Heart. Something to be said for the ties that connect us to each other regardless of distance or the fact that we may not know each other or even know that these ties exist. And that's what makes this book so special and definitely earns it the title of "gotta read".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it! October 21, 2011
By Lisa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved, loved, loved this book!! Heather Hummel has an amazing way of keeping the reader completely engulfed in the story from page 1.

Madison is a well-liked and totally relateable character from the first page. She's in a rocky marriage to start, which she immediately runs away from to start a better life for herself. Along the way, she encounters many challenges, including love, loss, and heartache.

How can you not love this book?? I found myself rarely able to put the book down, reading it in a matter of a few days. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a beautifully-written chick lit novel that will keep you turning pages eagerly. I can't wait to start Heather Hummel's next novel! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
I don't understand the comments that say this book is "beautifully written." I agree with another reviewer who described it as "wordy and weird. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gram Nene
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
WARNING... SPOILER ALERT:

I hate to say it, but this book was actually boring. It started out good. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nickinic - Ebooks Galore
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest review...
When and if I review a book, I try to be fair, and completely honest. That is why I am giving this book a three star review. Read more
Published on September 1, 2012 by Mi
2.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs Down
I can safely say that the main character was the least likable heroine I can remember. Her decision making was questionable.
Published on August 15, 2012 by Mary Clinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers from the Heart
Whispers from the Heart is a wonderful read written by Heather Hummel. Heather's colorful style when cultivating characters is truly an art. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by JLT
5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers From The Heart
This was a wonderful story of a young teacher who finds romance. She's been scared away from love from a previous relationship and finds it difficult to trust again. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by Martha Morin
3.0 out of 5 stars Wordy and Weird
Not a bad story, though it seems pointless and really doesn't go anywhere. I'd have expected a lot better writing, considering the author's credentials. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by KadyH
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I picked up this book from Amazon during one of their special offers. Amazon has some great offers and I was glad to get this book by Heather Hummel. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Writer's Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing evening reading
Enjoyed reading a lovely story set in my hometown. The story realistically painted a picture of life for a single woman here. Was a relaxing pleasant read.
Published on December 31, 2011 by Lynn Boatwright
4.0 out of 5 stars "Whispers From The Heart"
"Whispers from the Heart" by Heather Hummel is part one of the Journals from the Heart Series, and explores the aftermath of an emotionally disheartening relationship. Ms. Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by mermaidgirl
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More About the Author

Heather Hummel has penned over a dozen books as a ghostwriter. Her clients include corporations, politicians, philanthropists, and public figures. With experience in both traditional and independent publishing, Heather's diverse background and knowledge of the industry appeals to many authors seeking a qualified ghostwriter.

Heather is a featured blogger in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post. Television, print, and radio coverage for her clients' books include: The Today Show and other regional shows; Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Washington Post; and in magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First, and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 20 million in print alone. A contributing author in Successful eBook Publishing: The Complete How-to Guide for Creating and Launching Your Amazon Kindle eBook by David Wogahn, Heather shares her wisdom in a chapter on ghostwriting.

Heather's second career is as a land and seascape photographer. Her work is represented by Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City. A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education.

Awards: 2009 Mature Media Awards, Merit Award: Gracefully 2009 New York Book Festival, Women's Literature: Whispers from the Heart

Essays: Messages of Hope and Healing (Sunpiper Media, 2006) Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek, 2007)

Her published works include:

Fiction:
Journals from the Heart Series:
Whispers from the Heart (2011)
Write from the Heart (2011)

Nonfiction:
Life in the Iris of the Beholder (2012)
Signs from the Universe (2011)
Gracefully: Looking and Being Your Best at Any Age (McGraw-Hill, 2008),

Essays:
Messages of Hope and Healing ( Sunpiper Media, 2006)
Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek, 2007) with David Baldacci and Rita Mae Brown

Awards:
2009 Mature Media Awards, Merit Award
2009 New York Book Festival, Honorable Mention

Visit Heather's website at http://www.heatherhummelauthor.com
Follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherHummel
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"Like" Heather's Fan Page facebook.com/HeatherHummelFanPage

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