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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tender Hearts by Gail R. Delaney

Tender Hearts by Gail R. Delaney
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (137 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

What was the song the kids sang in school? First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. Not quite. First comes three hot days in Maui, then comes the surprise baby, then comes... love? Yeah. The kind of love that sneaks up on you, like a sudden rainstorm, that you don't know is coming until you're soaked to the skin.

What will it take for Billy and Erin to take the chance and admit their love? When tragedy strikes, they have to find strength in each other... for the love of their child.

In her dedication the author writes “In this novel, I forced myself to relive a terrifying time in my life.” So it comes as no surprise that the emotion in this story will bring tears to your eyes. Tears that cover every emotion imaginable. It is a story about a man, Billy Culver, who rejects his future without a thought and almost misses out on the greatest gift life can bestow. It is about a woman, Erin Griffin, who knows all about rejection and loss and who, when she gives her heart, gives it unconditionally. It is about the early arrival of a new life.

You could not find two characters whose backgrounds are so starkly different, and yet, it is these differences that makes them who they are. Religious and small town bigotry conflicts with the warmth and loving support of family. Can the one compensate for the other, or will fear persuade Erin to turn away from what she’s not known she her early childhood?

Ms Delaney breathes raw emotion into both Billy and Erin and takes them to the edge of edge of emotional endurance before they find their HEA, and because of this, it becomes a book that’s hard to put aside before you turn the final page.