Heart’s Desire by Catherine Lanigan – Review

Posted March 13, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways /

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Heart's Desire by Catherine Lanigan - Review

Heart’s Desire by Catherine Lanigan – Review

Heart's Desire

by Catherine Lanigan

Series: Shores of Indian Lake #2
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Published by Harlequin
Publication Date August 1, 2014
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Indiana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adults
Pages: 191


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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Rescued by the Firefighter

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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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About Catherine Lanigan

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of over forty-five published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into over twenty-four languages. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid foundation to pen a collection of compelling and informative true stories of teen addicts. Ms. Lanigan’s SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series for HARLEQUIN HEARTWARMING includes LOVE SHADOWS, HEART’S DESIRE , A FINE YEAR FOR LOVE, KATIA’S PROMISE, FEAR OF FALLING, SOPHIE’S PATH, PROTECTING THE SINGLE MOM, FAMILY OF HIS OWN, HIS BABY DILEMMA, TOO CLOSE TO THE FIRE (2018) and MY RACING HEART (2019).

Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs. She writes a monthly blog for Heartwarmingauthors.blogspot.com.

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