Heartwood 1st Edition
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In 1960, Beth Walker falls for a Hollywood actress but never knows if the feelings are truly returned or if it is all an act.
In the present, Nikka is a lawyer that falls into assisting with managing Beth Walker's property. She senses something amiss but her drive for corporate advancement clouds her judgement. Maggie, the energetic cook employed at Walker's estate, challenges Nikka in a way she is not comfortable with.
This explores falling in love during a time when same-sex relationships were not accepted or tolerated. The difficulty of believing in one's own talents. Insecurity. Morality.
I loved the setting of the town. It felt like a place I want to visit.
There are flashbacks. I know some readers don't like them. But I think they were necessary and worked well for this book.
The last 20% of the book kind of dragged on a bit. And I wanted to see more revenge or accountability. One character seemingly got off scot free. Regardless, this was one of the better lesbian fiction books I have read. Definitely recommend to anyone who hasn't read it yet.
Two stories, past and present day, intertwining at key moments that push the narrative forward but never bumble into each other’s way. Humor and romance, villains and heroes. Fast moving. A beautiful setting in the redwoods and a quirky small town. There’s never a wasted character. The four mc’s are so good but Dawn and Beth’s story just took my breath away, old fashioned and romantic, heart hurting but buffered by the modern day freedom of Maggie and Nikka.
A very enjoyable book.
as well as lives as they discover self confidence from rising above the opinions of others, that anger, fear and jealousy drive out love, and that a strong dash of fearlessness is needed to bring love back. I highly recommend Heartwood for its entertainment value and as a story that will inspire you to continue on your own journey of personal growth and the adventure of reinventing yourself.
Her talent is reminiscent of Susan X Meagher. Her diversity of style, character, ignoring use of trope... So looking forward to more. I highly recommend both of her books.
The writing is good, the characters strong, and the drama engaging. It's one of the better romances out there.
Top international reviews
Well written and descriptive, Heartwood draws you in and makes you feel things. You identify with all three main characters and their problems. They all have flaws but maintain moral integrity to the end. And they get their happily ever after.
The book flows very well and is engaging. Catherine’s use of description is fabulous but not lengthy. The issues are dealt with sensitively and thoughtfully.
I loved this book. I’m sort of hoping for a sequel where they all live in a big happy family together.
The strength of this novel is in the scenes set in the Sixties as Beth attempts to defy her parents and discovers her true self in the arms of Dawn. Those chapters were beautiful and heartfelt. They are Technicolor beauties and made the present day events pale in comparison.
May we never forget the challenges faced by women who loved women in less enlightened times.