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Matters of the Heart Hardcover – June 2, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a predictable story. Since the book jacket and in my opinion the above copied reviews from other sources have given you all the details to the story, not much is a surprise. I found myself disliking Hope because she is such a weak woman. It was irritating to me that the story dragged on on if Hope stays with Fin when all the signs of this man not being good were plain as day. The ending is just as predictable.
I read the book in a day. Its a fast read. Get it from the library for free, certainly not worth paying for.
Her agent Mark Webber asks if she would like to do a shoot of popular Irish-American author Finn O'Neill; she agrees. She meets her assistant on the job Fiona Casey and they travel to Ireland together. Hope finds the bodacious warm Finn a delightfully charming opposite of her quiet manner. He seems attracted to her and overtly displays his feelings as he tries to sweep her off her feet. At his remote estate, she falls in love only to begin to unravel his tale of omissions and lies, but mostly it is his jealous rage when there is no remote reason bothers her. She realizes she is acting schizoid as her heart tells her to trust Finn, but her brain tells her to flee back to Manhattan before it is too late. She wonders if he is an overly concerned somewhat possessive lover, a sociopath, or worse.
This is a typical Danielle Steele contemporary character driven thriller that fans of the author will devour once Finn enters the picture as the audience will wonder if he is a villain or hero; if he is a hero than Hope is paranoid. The story line is filled with angst, perhaps too much as everyone carries tons of baggage even secondary players like Robert. Yet readers will relish Hope's dilemmas she believes she has found love but fears she has found obsessive love; either way she understands it is MATTERS OF THE HEART dictating to the mind how to feel and act.
The characters of Hope and Finn were just not believable at all. I know I didn't form any kind of attachment at all to Hope or Finn which made this story even less believable. No woman would ever stay with a man as long as she did. He showed signs of being a sociopath in the early part of the book, then we had to endure waiting and waiting and waiting while Hope pondered, considered and wondered what on earth she should do next. He would slam her against the wall and then she'd tell him she loved him two hours later? I think not. There was no thread of a realistic human experience. A reader wants to root for the character(s) but in this story, by the end, I didn't care what happened to either of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was an eye openier, as to what could happen when you are involved with someone that wants to own you. Danielle Steel knows how to write. Read morePublished 7 days ago by KAYZIE
Easy reading, felt like the characters were real people that I knew.Published 1 month ago by Kathy Beauchamp
Danielle steel calls Finn a sociopath. An English writer would call Finn a confidence trickster. Hope Dunne is one of those characters who has been brought up in the United States... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jkobi2011
Fast reading. Kept your interest. You wanted to know what was going to happen next.Published 5 months ago by Norma Jones
Danielle Steele has written yet another great story that makes you feel like you are right there in the story with the characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dawn Flanery