Heart of Glass
Christy Hayes; Kindle Edition
Published June 2nd 2011 by Christy Hayes
When magazine writer Kate Donovan is assigned to profile the building and architectural firm of her first and only love, she heads back to the South Carolina Low Country to face the demons she left behind. Nothing about Danny Flannery’s life is what Kate thought it would be, and as the truth is revealed she longs for a big fat do-over.
Danny’s made a success of his building firm but is hesitant to participate in a flashy magazine spread. He’s dead-set against it when he realizes the journalist sent to interview him is the only woman he’s ever loved and lost. Under pressure from his business partner, Danny agrees to sit down for an interview with the girl he once knew as Kat Fordham and realizes her name isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Everything he thought was true about the past is a lie.
When Danny discovers Kate still wears the heart shaped sea glass necklace he made for her years ago, they clear the air and their passion reignites. But Kate’s still keeping secrets to protect their fragile new relationship. With her family estranged and her career on the line, will she come clean before Danny finds out the truth, and can Danny risk his heart again for the only woman he’s ever loved?
– Goodreads on Heart of Glass
Beautiful cover, isn’t it? It’s delicate, and haunting, don’t you think so?
The short review of this book is this: . Now, for the longer version…:D
This was one of the books that I read for Dewey’s 24h Read-a-Thon, and I loved it the most out of the rest of my reads. It was awesome.
The plot is rather special for a romance novel; it’s very realistic, a trait not that often found in romance, from what I’ve read. Of course, that might as well mean I just stumbled upon the fantasy-romance kind more then other people, but, you know. So this is a very realistic story, and it’s got that awesomeness that only such realistic stories give off. I didn’t feel like I read a romance novel once I was done reading this book, I felt like a friend of mine gave me the detailed version of her love story, you know? With those “gaaaah” moments and all the tension and those moments of “You’ve gotta be kidding me!” and all.
The writing style is the very fluent, easy to read sort. The pace of events is really nice too, it keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat, without becoming overwhelming or confusing (as the case is with some uber-action-packed books).
But the forte of the book are the characters. I just loved them. Basically all of the meaningful characters are very strong, very well written, and they leave a very strong impression on you. I mean, Michael was so out of it and clueless he became adorable, and Kat’s “sister” (nope, I’m not telling you why the ” “, read and find out for yourself :P) I just wanted to choke and then store in the freezer. That was too blunt, wasn’t it? Ah, well…what I meant was, Kat’s “sister” was…lovely.
Danny is charismatic, and charming, and there’s an air about him, ever since he’s young, a confidence that just makes him crush-material. I mean, I may have crushed on him a little, and usually I crush on the bad guys, so that’s how charismatic he is. He’s not a bad boy, but he’s not running for sainthood either, and he’s so unrepentant that you just have to like him. Seriously, you have to. Kidding, kidding 😛
Kate is a darling as well; she’s very angsty, and strong, sort of conflicted, and her life story is on the “wh0a!” side. I felt a strong connection to her, and I loved her attitude when she met Danny. She wasn’t a damsel in distress, even though she could have fit that role what with everything going on, and considering the dramatic situations she went through, she was pretty stoic and selfless. I admired her, though many of her brave acts were drama-generators, as it often happens in real life. Whenever the situation is very tense, and dramatic, and you decide to do something dramatic, my advice is take a big breath; double-check your facts, make sure you’ve got valid info, and get more sources of info. If you can’t do that, don’t go for the dramatic gesture, 9 times out of 10, you’ll just make it worse on yourself, and more pointedly, on others. That’s just an afterthought…
So, all things considered, I say read this. If you love contemporary romance, you’ve gotta read this. It’s just a fabulous book; if you’re wondering why I’m not raving my fangirlism, I’m just gonna come right out and say it: it takes a bigger person then me to pull off enthusiasm at 9°C – that’s how “hot” it is where I am. I’m wondering if the country was renamed “Romanian Pole” or something. Anyways, get this book, read it – you’ll love it.
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