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Directions of the Heart: A romantic drama collection Paperback – June 9, 2017
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Ms. Lavender does not flinch as she puts her characters through their paces with many challenges and obstacles—all found in today’s world—real-life tragedies, real-life situations such as sexual insecurity, haunting memories, suicide, and rape that as a society we still do not comfortably face. Our courts and police forces in many areas of the country still do not know the best practices when faced with these situations, often leaving the victim feeling victimized not once but twice.
In “Strange Heart,” Victoria Weston lets her inner wild child loose, only to find she may not want to put her back. The encounters between Victoria and Rick are spicy and take the reader to the edge of their own wild child.
“Memories,” in part, details not only our heroine’s response to rape, but her lover Matt’s as well as the authorities and those who committed the crime.
In “A Touch of Dawn,” Caitlyn and Jack overcome their tragic past together.
Ms. Lavender presents these stories and characters head-on and boldly—there’s no soft-pedaling or pandering here.
She calls her book a romantic dramatic collection, which is apt as the majority of the time in these stories deal with the confrontations and love scenes between two people. One can easily see these pieces adapted to one act plays (spicier elements adjusted for the stage), or shot as short films—no adjustments necessary..
You will be taking a wild ride here, but make no mistake, Ms. Lavender knows her craft and there is always a rainbow at the end.
And isn’t that what we all hope for?
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
Plain Victoria has always been envious of her friend’s attractiveness, how men desired her. Just once, she’d like to know what that’s like. After all, “wasn’t there more to this existence than work, and feeding her cat, before she spent her evenings alone reading a book or taking a relaxing bath?” (65) This time, she’s letting the reins loose in “Strange Heat;” however, she’ll soon realize that when you play with fire, sometimes you get burned.
And can a battered woman learn to forget the severe trauma and find the strength to love and trust again? “Somehow, you’ve got to learn to push forward, keep moving on until one day, you don’t think so much about it. Maybe you’ll always remember. Maybe it will haunt you in some small way. But, being a survivor can strengthen you too. We shouldn’t let our fears paralyze us, Caitlyn. Believe me, I still feel it. But not as much as I used to.” (276) Still battling with their demons, Caitlyn and Jack struggle to break free from their pasts and find comfort in each other. This one was probably the best and the most gripping.
Directions of the Heart is a well-written and lovely compilation of love and friendship. Although long-winded at times, the stories are genuine and endearing. The author certainly knows the way to readers’ hearts. A fun, delightful read!