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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reluctant Hearts by Karen Wiesner

Reluctant Hearts by Karen Wiesner
Publisher: Uncial Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (400 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

What's a man to do when he's seen too much of life's dark side and suddenly finds himself believing in flesh-and-blood angels who can heal with a single touch? What's a girl to do when she believes in true love but can't trust the eyes of her own heart? Fall in love...reluctantly?

Alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking, Reluctant Hearts by Karen Wiesner is an evocative contemporary romance.

Wendy Thomas is a good, and good-hearted main character. She’s a stereotypical ultimate do-gooder; teaches camp for the blind, encourages and supports her mom with patience and seems to never, ever, get short-tempered with anybody. You can jolt her out of a bed to do a minor favor and she gets up and helps. Wendy is, over and over, a sterling soul. Everyone greets this girl with a hug. She starts off a little too good to be true; in fact, we’re waiting for some sort of crack to show. Before you are well into the tale, you may lose patience a little yourself with this main character.

However, supporting cast is more believably written, with various failings and foibles. The introduction of Paul is also wonderful. Then, the challenges start to appear. It seems to take forever for the real story to start –but when it does, you will be moved to sympathy and will be wishing for a return to the gentle, loving start.

The depth and warmth of characters – and well-depicted joys as well as pain, makes this read worthwhile. One might wish for a quicker start, but this is a small matter, and mostly, occurs to the reader during one of the books slower, more reflective moments. The depth and range of emotion Wiesner develops is amazing.