- File Size: 398 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (December 5, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2011
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005Z1C29G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This Winter Heart: A Steampunk Christmas Novella Kindle Edition
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Olivia and Dario were deeply, irrevocably in love, that is until Dario discovers Olivia's true nature and rejects her, sending her away from him and their home. Eight years later, alone and destitute, Olivia must return to that home to seek assistance from Dario for herself and their son. A son that Dario never knew existed and in fact had been led to believe could never exist, given the fact that Olivia is not quite human...
Exceptionally well-written and edited, it was a breath of fresh air to read a story virtually free of those unfortunate and distracting errors that we all make. I really enjoyed this one. Highly recommended read!
Ophelia's secret has put a huge wedge between the two of them, now she has added another by introducing him to his son which he thought was impossible. How can she have birthed a child? She was supposed to have been barren. Is this some kind of trick again? Dario is resistant to accept his son but he must for public appearance.
Dario quickly realizes that he still loves Ophelia now matter what, but he must steal his heart from her and raise his son cause only he can give his son what he needs... love. After much evaluation and heartache Dario realizes what a huge mistake he has made and strives to do everything in his power to make up for all his wrong doings, hurtful words, and mistrust.
This was a fantastic story with steampunk elements that didn't take away from the heart breaking story. PG Forte truly is a magnificent writer, she really understands how to build a world and transport you into her stories. She puts such emotion into her words and characters that she will have you crying just like I was. I highly recommend this story as well as the rest of the anthology "A Clockwork Christmas".
Ophelia Leonides was madly in love with her husband, Dario, but when he learned an important truth of her life, he cast her out. So hurt was she, Ophelia never let Dario know about the son they had together, a son that should not have been possible. Now, eight years later, Ophelia finds herself tossed out once more and with nobody to turn to, she runs to Dario for help. But, Dario is cold and mistrustful of anything she says and Ophelia fears she may once again find herself destitute, or worse, without her son. Will she ever be able to convince Dario of the truth of her love, or will he forever see her as less than a woman?
After learning a startling truth about his wife, a secret that left Dario doubting her as a woman or her ability to love him in return, Dario threw Ophelia out of his home and out of his life. But, try as he might, he could never cast her out of his heart. When she returns eight years later with a son she claims is his, Dario thinks she's just telling him more lies; however, seeing her again and with her son is making Dario doubt everything he believed to be true. Is it possible he was wrong all along? Is she really capable of loving him as she says she does?
Once again, PG Forte has proven herself to be an amazing and inventive storyteller. This Winter Heart was a unique and compelling story about the power of love and the miracle of life. It did not matter one iota that this was a short story because what this story lacks in length, it makes up for in heart. The depth of feeling and the passion between Ophelia and Dario came through the pages and their pain felt absolutely real. They lost eight years when they could have been happily married and in love and that was truly heartbreaking. So much so, I found myself desperate for their happy ending. Enchanting and intriguing, This Winter Heart was a powerful and emotionally charged story that is sure to charm readers and leave them craving more.
Reviewed by: Tara
I also enjoyed the fantasy element, the historical setting and PG Forte's voice. She has a wonderful writing style. The scientific elements in the story didn't take away from the sexual tension or passion between the Dario and Ophelia. These elements added intrigue and suspense, especially during one scene, where the reader isn't quite sure if this will have a happy ever after ending or if this family can actually hold it together.
The internal and external conflicts are well drawn out in this story and the characters are unpredictable, and three-dimensional, which is why they worked so well in this story.
Intriguing, suspenseful, heartfelt love story.