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Friday, April 17, 2009

Troubled Hearts by Donna Hatch

Troubled Hearts by Donna Hatch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (23 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Desperate to escape her estranged husband and a home enshrouded with death and despair, Julia flees in the middle of the night. Little does she know that her determined husband is in pursuit. Along the journey, she discovers a telling revelation. But will it be enough to banish the ghosts of the past and soothe her troubled heart?

This is a lovely but heartfelt story of a woman steeped in sorrow who leaves an unhappy marriage. It is set in a time when divorce was social ruin for women.

Julia’s emotions are numb. Her husband has not touched her for a long time, and she’s sure he holds her responsible for the stillborn birth of their son. She blames herself, so why shouldn’t Richard feel the same way?

She turns to Aiden who plans their flight. He takes her away from her unhappy home and marriage. Julia is both sad and relieved to be leaving a husband who doesn’t seem to be interested in her any more.

This is a lovely short story with a great depth of emotion. Julia’s unhappy feelings are felt by the reader, and her empathy with Aiden seems to be the only stable platform in her otherwise sorrowful existence. The three characters are locked in an emotional triangle. Richard, the unloving husband who ignores his wife; Aiden the head groom who helps Julia escape; and Julia the wife who cannot stay in an unhappy marriage any longer.

"Troubled Hearts" is the type of story I would read while waiting for an unpleasant appointment. Why? Because it’s a tale I can lose myself in and forget the world around me. Well done, Ms. Hatch, I’d like to read more of your books.