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The Hollow Heart - love will find a way: A heartrending mystery thriller - keeps you guessing until the final page. The Hollow Heart was 'Reader Award' ... Fiction. (The Heartfelt Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in The Heartfelt Series (3 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
This novel has a bit of everything - romance, sadness, glamour and adventure - a thoroughly enjoyable read !
It's at the awards she meets dependable George Brownlow MP. With a twist, destiny plunges Marianne through a series of cruel disasters and it's not until she decides to take a break and escape to the Island of Innishmahon off of the Irish coast, that she begins to mend her emotional wounds. The people of the island are so welcoming; Padar and Oonagh Quinn who run the pub, Miss MacReady the postmistress and Father Gregory.
Marianne finds another person on the island is also there to find himself and escape from life. Ryan O'Gorman, TV star, once saved Marianne's life, now he's here saving more lives when a storm hits and families need rescuing. He doesn't want to be remembered as a hero he wants to be a writer, but life in the fast lane pulls him away from the island and Marianne.
Stormy times lay ahead for more than one character, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series to see how obstacles are overcome, relationships smoothed and families are re-united. I really enjoyed Marianne's journey and easily fell in love with the people and the island of Innishmahon.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
The transition in diction from Received English to West Country Irish seems accurate, to my untutored ear at least, since I have not the Gaelic and my only words of it seem to be but one, "Sláinte", and that sometimes unsteadily, so the distinctive Irish culture adds yet another dimension to an already multifaceted novel.
I highly recommend it.
On the down side: the author was very vague about the ages of her characters and I think, for the main characters at least, it would have helped a little to get a more clear picture of them. It might have helped also to have some of the thoughts and feelings of the other characters and not just the main character. There was character development, but not always very clearly defined. Marianne had some intense, enlightening watershed moments and those helped to define her character and personality a little better. Ryan, the other main character, doesn't appear until about a fourth of the way into he book. He wasn't quite as clearly defined so it was hard for me to really connect with him the way I would have liked.
All that is nit-picking to a certain degree. It was a pleasure to read an e-book that was well edited and didn't have a lot of typos and grammatical errors. I recently read a book in which the author had someone making some paper mache items and referred to them as paper "machete". Really?
I can strongly recommend this book as long as you aren't looking for fast-paced and suspense in your reading. It's a lovely, warm book and I'm looking forward to the sequel due out next year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a rich full-bodied read from debut novelist, Adrienne Vaughan and I loved it. After losing her fiance tragically and being involved in a terrorist attack, Marianne... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lanky Lady
This is a good story the first of three books. Marianne has a complicated & interesting story. She has many changes to her life. She finds her one true love. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Starmagic
This is a fantastic story!
Début novel by the lovely Adrienne Vaughan, it will keep you glued to the book until you've finished it. Read more
Marianne Coltrane is an award-winning journalist with tragedy in her past but a seemingly glittering future ahead. Read morePublished 24 months ago by AlisonW
The book started slow. Too much happening in Marianne's life and too much of her past carried over to the story. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by M
I loved this story. I had actually read the second book of this series before reading this one, but it all fell beautifully into place anyway and made perfect sense in how the... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by jofromoz
I really loved this novel. The story of Marianne Coltrane, a campaigning journalist, is gripping from the start. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Sharon Booth