Monday, August 15, 2011

Mended Hearts



Taking charge...of her heart

High-powered businessman Jeff Brennan can't figure out why he's so smitten with the town's new librarian. Hannah Moore is quiet, skittish -- and wants nothing to do with him. Yet as they work together on a fundraiser, Jeff resolves to discover why she came to the small New York town. Is working two jobs and tutoring kids with special needs an escape for Hannah? If so, Jeff is determined to show her that love can be the most powerful healing force of all.

My Review:

This one left an emotional punch that I'm still feeling. I bawled my eyes out on page 186...the paper is all wrinkled and limp and the print is smudged. Now, don't you all go rushing out and taking a sneak peak at that page! Start at the beginning and savor every word. You'll enjoy the journey Herne takes you on if you do.

Jeff is a heart-worthy hero. While determined to be successful in business, he still places family first -- most of the time! He's kind to old ladies, has gallant manners, is extremely easy on the eye and pursues the heroine with a dogged determination that will curl your toes. I feel a swoon coming on! Of course, he's not perfect. The man knows how to carry a grudge but watching him let go and let God during the course of the book was an uplifting reminder to do the same in my own life.

Hannah is gentle and sweet, easy and open with her girlfriend, Megan, but definitely standoffish with poor Jeff . She's keeping an emotional distance even though she's fighting not to.  She almost seems timid at times but through the course of the book the reader learns just how much grit and determination Hannah really has. She's a survivor!

Recipe for a page-turning success:

Take two complicated characters with issues from their past, add in some instant attraction and romantic chemistry. Throw in a complicated plot masked in simplicity and then blend it all up with raw emotions.

Result: Mended Hearts -- the sweetest of reads!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Mended Hearts by Ruth Logan Herne (and why wouldn't you?!) please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please put Mended Hearts in the subject line. Draw will be held on Sunday August 21.  Open internationally. Good luck!


  1. I heard such good things about Ruth Logan Herne's books, but I've yet to read one. Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  2. Oooooh -- you are missing something special, Michelle. Consider yourself entered!

  3. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks amazing. I would love to read this.


  4. I would love to be entered in this one! I used to think the LI books were just little romance novels. Then after reading some of them they really pack some stuff! This one sounds like one of those:) Thanks for your review!


  5. You're so right, Charity. There is depth in Ruth Logan Herne's writing. It actually packs more of a punch because of the shorter word count. I'm really enjoy many of the authors in the Love Inspired lines.

  6. Hey Kav,
    Wanted to let you know I received my book from you today. Can't wait to delve in:)

  7. Good to hear that. Hope you enjoy it! :-)

  8. I find the pairing up of a powerful businessman and librarian very cute. I think they can each learn a lot from each other. Any story that packs an emotional punch I'm drawn to, tissue ready of course :)

  9. NS -- I have a fondness for librarians in books so I was thrilled to discover that was Hannah's profession! Good luck in the dreaw!

  10. Another new author to me and would love to win this book. It sounds really interesting. Please enter me.


  11. This sounds like a good read! Ruth is a new author to me. I'm having so much fun finding and reading books of new authors. I can't get enough! I'd love to win a copy of, "Mended Hearts". Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. Jo and Judy, I would love to introduce you to Ruth Logan Herne's talent! Good luck!

  13. Ruth Logan Herne is one of my favorite authors :) You have been reading so many good books!

    please enter me

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  14. Yaaaayyyyy - another Herne fan!!!!! Good luck, Faye!

  15. Please enter her books! I have read them all so far, and don't want to miss reading any of her books! Thanks.


  16. Please enter me. This is a new author for me and I would like to read her writing.

    ajhawkeauthor at aol dot come

  17. Jackie -- another Ruthy fan...she has a lot of them and for good reason! Good luck!

    AJ -- you definitely need to read a Ruth Logan Herne book. Maybe this will be your chance!

  18. he sounds like a hero ! thanks for sharing this with us ~ looking fwd to a win along with the rest '')

  19. Good luck Faith Hope Cherrytea!

  20. This sounds like a wonderful read. I have never read of Ruth Logan Herne so I wold love the chance to be able to read this book. Sounds like a great combination of librarian and special needs tutor. Being the mother of two sons on the autism spectrum as well as my partner I always enjoy reading books that involve special needs kids.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win and being able to send international.

    zabook (at) tpg (dot) com (dot) au