WHY I READ IT
Kate Stewart made quite the impression on me at North Shore Author Signing and I wanted to take this opportunity to read her work.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
For the last ten years, I’ve roamed the globe, captivated by the world around me. I’ve seen the seven wonders and admired sunsets from every continent. I’d lived and loved and that was enough for me. It would have to be.
I was content, satisfied with my collection of experiences . . . until a phone call led me down a road less traveled.
If I’d known my fascination would pique and be forever quenched only a few hundred miles from where my curiosity had been born, I may have never set sail.
Stripped of the future I’d planned with the love of my life, my family and my career were now all that mattered. I’d lived and loved and that was enough. It would have to be.
I struggled to move forward, to discard the part of me that held out hope for my obliterated heart. But I was bred a romantic, so it was easier said than done.
The chances of being struck by lightning are 1 in 960,000.
The odds of being struck twice are 1 in 9 million.
I risked those odds every minute, often cursing the dark sky, praying for static and a rumble of thunder, but it never came.
No, that second bolt hit me on a clear day.
At North Shore Author Signing, Kate Stewart made quite the impression on me. She’s sassy and hilarious and has a thick southern accent. When the opportunity to review The Heart came up, I took this as an opportunity to finally get introduced to her work. Here’s what I learned after reading first The Fall and then The Heart: Kate Stewart writes gorgeously romantic books with leading men who will literally make you swoon and sassy, stubborn leading ladies who will leave you groaning in frustration. I have never read anything so deeply romantic and beautiful and that had such a unique voice.
The Heart focuses on Rose Whittaker and Jack Sawyer. Rose and Jack, get it? You’re not cool if you don’t and yes, there is a Titanic reference in the book. Kate Stewart introduces her readers to Rose in The Fall and pretty much does the unthinkable – kills off the love of Rose’s life. The Heart is set three years after the death of Grant Foster, the man Rose was supposed to marry, the man who made Rose believe in love again. After Grant’s death, Rose has buried herself in work and setting up a cancer-treatment center with her sister Dallas. She has kept herself so busy and so guarded that she has forgotten how to truly live. When Jack Sawyer shows up, he kick starts her long-dead heart and Rose begins to blossom.
Kate Stewart writes this story with such emotion that it’s easy to feel exactly what Rose is feeling. She’s had her heart broken twice and is understandably afraid to let herself love again. Her heart is the center of this story. She has so much love to give, which does freely and openly to her family and friends but she’s afraid to open herself back up to true love. She believes that by loving another man, any man, she’s tarnishing the memory of Grant and the love they shared. Rose’s struggle is real and heartbreaking at times but it’s also inspiring to watch her let herself have fun and live. One of my very favorite scenes is when Rose decides it’s finally time to take a swim in her pond and does a cannonball right into the water. While Jack seems to be the catalyst for this transformation, I think Rose was already starting to get there on her own.
Jack Sawyer is pretty much what every woman wants. Kate Stewart has created a man that has baggage, but not like, crazy baggage. It’s the kind of baggage that’s life altering and ultimately, it’s what cements his bond to Rose. I love his tenacity in pursuing Rose and how he goes about wooing her. Kate Stewart creates men who are honest and open. When Jack wants Rose, he just tells her. There’s no guessing. When his feelings become something more, he is honest with Rose. He’s not a womanizer, a billionaire or an alpha. He’s just a ragin’ hot Cajun!
Ultimately, what I loved about The Heart is the voice of the story. I heard Rose and Jack’s voice clearly in my head, which allowed me to feel every one of their emotions. Kate Stewart writes characters that are so whole and rounded. Nothing felt fake or forced in this story. Nothing felt like drama for the sake of drama. This is just a gorgeous story about two people hoping to find the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.