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What it’s all about:
Gracie Watson is a sassy, saucy first-grade school teacher with a wicked sense of humor. She enjoys her job helping to shape young, impressionable minds – truly, she does – but she’s tired of teaching everyone else’s kids while yearning for her own. She’s searching for Mr. Right. You know, a soulmate to fill her heart with the love and passion she craves. Little does she know that an ill-fated camping trip with her adventure guide best friend could possibly be the beginning of a dangerous journey to a once in a lifetime love.
Detective Dylan Sanders is career driven and focused on the path before him, leaving his tragic, painful past in a cloud of dust behind him. When spunky Gracie Watson, quite literally, streaks into his life, his future may forever be altered. However, the question is – can Gracie help Dylan forget the heart-wrenching tragedy from his past, enabling him to finally heal and discover love?
Fate has dealt both Gracie and Dylan a losing hand at any chance for love, offering them each difficult challenges to overcome. Love and trust are tested. Loyalties are questioned. A battle for ever-lasting love will be fought as hearts seek healing in the last place they each expect…one another.
Now, they both may have a chance at happiness – together – but only if they can stay alive..
Love Heals the Heart is Diane Rose Duffy’s second novel (she has also published at least one children’s book). I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of this book. It’s a charming and funny contemporary romance with a little adventure thrown in for good measure.
Gracie Watson is a lifelong resident of her small town in Northern California. She leads a relatively quiet life while trying to avoid any more scandal than her divorce has already brought on. Being a first-grade teacher, she has to be careful about that sort of thing! I loved Gracie’s sense of humor. I could imagine her smirking with her snarky inner dialog. Gracie is a totally relatable character; she’d be a great friend–unless your idea of a good time is hiking and camping. She’s more of the spa and shopping type.
Dylan Sanders is a detective in a neighboring town. He’s a good-looking guy who attracts a lot of attention from women, but he’s had disastrous luck in the past and avoids relationships as a result. He feels safer just focusing on his job.
Secondary characters Trish and Justin, are Gracie’s and Dylan’s best friends, respectively. Both have strong personalities, and both are the sorts you want to have in your corner. Their feisty exchanges are fun; their attraction to each other is obvious to everyone but themselves.
Love Heals the Heart is fun and adventurous from Gracie’s and Dylan’s embarrassing first meeting to the end. How would you feel if you met a gorgeous guy while taking care of nature’s call in the woods? This book is filled with snark, humor, adventure and romance. The fun doesn’t stop at that first meeting, but Love Heals the Heart has more going on then just humor. Gracie and Dylan both carry a lot of baggage that becomes a hurdle for an intimate relationship. They have to overcome and overlook a lot and take the giant leap of faith in one another. Beyond that, there is the small issue of a local drug ring that Dylan and Justin have been pursuing.
Author Diane Rose Duffy’s Love Heals the Heart is an engaging read with plenty of action, angst and mystery. The love story and humor seal the deal for Love Heals the Heart being a good read.
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About the author: Diane Rose Duffy is a California native who has a passion for books, a whopping coffee addiction and a perpetual craving for chocolate. She has recently retired from a lengthy accounting career in Silicon Valley, primarily in the Hazardous Waste Technology Industry. As a result, she has been known to glow a bright neon color in the dark. Diane presently enjoys the peaceful serenity of daily life in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Diane Rose Duffy has completed two humorous romance novels and a funny children’s chapter book with the support of her husband whom she proclaims to be her ‘happily ever after’.