by Catherine Lanigan
Series: Shores of Indian Lake #2
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date August 1, 2014
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Indiana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adults
His homecoming is bittersweet…for both of them
Café owner Maddie Strong is finally ready to take her burgeoning cupcake business to the next level. With the help of handsome businessman Alex Perkins, her future's all mapped out. Until her first love comes home.
At seventeen, Maddie adored Nate Barzonni with her whole heart and soul. But when he asked her to elope, she'd said no—she couldn't let him throw away his dream of becoming a doctor. Then he vanished from her life for eleven years. Now the cardiac surgeon has returned to Indian Lake asking for a second chance, and Maddie has to choose between her new life…and the man she never stopped loving.
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It’s always interesting to find a new author only to discover they have been writing for a long time. Catherine Lanigan has written many books, and I imagine they are all as good as Heart’s Desire. 🙂
The first thing I noticed about the book was the wonderful descriptions that were used. Such beautiful imagery was used throughout the book. The author also went into detail about the rigors of Naval training in a way I have not seen before, and also the description of heart surgery. Ok, I have to confess that did make me a little queasy. Yeah, I’m a wimp when it comes to that kind of thing. Nevertheless, it was very interesting.
Maddie was very sweet, yet very insecure. She felt like she needed to prove that she wasn’t like her mom. The fact that she didn’t have a college education made her feel insignificant, or at least inadequate. This ended up influencing her actions and her choices and always drove her to do better.
I loved the scene when Maddie first saw Nate when he returned to town. Both of their reactions were great, especially his. And then when she punched him in the stomach at the exclusive club on Easter!. . . Just sayin’.
The author did a great job in conveying deep emotion and creating a realistic love triangle. The story went one direction and then another, yet it still made sense given the history and Maddie’s insecurity. Once you thought everything was going well, a new conflict arose.
Overall, it was a great story and just the right length.
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