Rescued Hearts by author Hope Toler Doughtery is a Christian contemporary suspense romance novel. The cover is dark and threatening with a small kitten waving its tale in warning. I knew immediately this would be no light, sweet romance.
This is the story of Mary Wade (“two names”) Kimball. At the opening of the book she is biking home after a pedicure and hears a cat crying because it is tangled. She stops to rescue it and WHAM! Mary Wade finds herself kidnapped. Wow, what a beginning to a book. It captured my attention immediately.
Brett Davis is the hunky undercover agent working the case that has Mary Wade herself tangled in with two bad men. He abandons his missions to save her and the book takes off on a twisting and turning tale.
I enjoyed the author’s style of writing. It flows along at a nice even pace. Her characters are well defined and relatable. I especially enjoyed the spunky grandmother? The conversations were smooth and sounded genuine. There were a few surprise twists and turns to keep it interesting. The ending seemed to pave the way for another book. When you read the story you will understand my reasoning.
I would recommend this to any adult that enjoys contemporary fiction. Because of the attempted rape subject, “medicinal” use and keeping alcohol in the home, I would not recommend this for teenage readers. It receives 4 stars from me. Celebrate Lit provided a copy, but these are my honest words.
About the Book
Book: Rescued Hearts
Author: Hope Toler Doughtery
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 19, 2017
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About the Author
Hope holds a Master’s degree and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her novels include Irish Encounter and Mars…With Venus Rising, Rescued Hearts, and Forever Music. She’s a member of ACFW and RWA. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.
More from Hope
I live in the country on land my great grandfather owned. For exercise, I ride my bike on our two-lane roads. One afternoon a few years ago, I took a detour off the paved road and onto a dirt path not too far from my house.
The lane meanders by the location of a distant cousin’s long-since demolished house. Trees and a few bushes still outline the phantom house’s parameters, but no boards or bricks mark the spot. Farm equipment waits under nearby shelters.
As I passed the lonely trees and silent tractors, a creepy sensation tickled the back of my neck. My imagination kicked into gear. What if a bike rider rode by an abandoned house? What if she saw a kitten entangled in a honeysuckle vine at the porch steps? What if, while she tried to free the kitten, someone grabbed her and dragged her inside where she was beaten and threatened with rape?
My pedaling picked up speed, and I reached home in record time.
Those questions continued popping up in my mind, however. I began seeing the characters, then hearing them speak every night as I dropped off to sleep. I’d never written a romantic suspense story before, but the characters refused to leave me alone.
Those initial questions led to the first chapter of Rescued Hearts.
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