Title: Heart Storms
Author: N. Christine Samuelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
When three people's lives collide in a perfect storm of heartbreak and ruin, betrayal and love, will they be destroyed or transformed by their fate? They are drawn to coastal South Carolina to an oceanfront Victorian B & B inn, fleeing their former lives of heartbreak, betrayal, anger, racism and grief.
Jade Armstrong from Santa Barbara is newly divorced and left with nothing by her treacherous ex-husband. Gabriel Montoro of San Antonio is reeling from a cheating wife and loss of living with his young daughter. Rick Stirling owns the inn and has suffered a devastating personal loss.
Through work and friendship, their inner conflicts extend to each other while vying for the need for survival, healing, attraction and love. The plot twists keep the reader guessing about their individual and linked destinies.
None of them want love or relationship, but as they move into and through the emotional storm of their lives, destiny brings them together in an extraordinary way in the quaint beach town of Golden Shores.
The story takes place in the Grand Strand region of coastal South Carolina providing a restorative, inspiring seaside setting. A charming oceanfront inn complete with mystical, enchanting elements lifts the characters' spirits and helps them on their journeys. Their passionate triangle must be broken for them to move on with their lives, but who ends up with whom, or do they, and when?
Jade Armstrong’s life comes crashing down when her husband admits to drug and gambling addictions while also confessing to numerous affairs. He also leaves her for a younger woman of means who’s pregnant with his child. Jade never saw this storm coming but after coming to grips with it, she packs all her belongings and heads east to a lovely coastal town in South Carolina. She secures a job at a quaint inn struggling to make it. The owner, Rick, and her share an immediate connection. As they try to get the inn up and running, Rick hires a brilliant chef named Gabriel Montoro. Jade is attracted to both Rick and Gabriel but isn’t sure she can handle another heartbreak. But the heart knows what it wants and Jade is swept up in one storm after another. Can she steer her way to a happily ever after or will she be tossed overboard?
Heart Storms is a beautifully written story about heartache, betrayal, love, loss and letting go of the past. Written from three POV’s, the reader is instantly plunged into the minds of the three main characters. Emotionally gripping, I found myself crying over the suffering Jade, Rick and Gabriel go through. The more angst, the more my fingers turned the pages. There are a few twists in the plot I didn’t see coming. The wedding scene tore my heart out.
The ending seemed odd at first read, after all that happened, but after I mulled over it for a few days, it started to make sense. A thought-provoking book.
If you’re looking for a poignant book blending mystical and romantic elements, pick up Heart Storms today.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in the hopes I’d review it.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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N. Christine Samuelson writes about the eternal bonds of love that transform lives and transcend death. Her novels reflect the challenges, fears and conflicts, tragedies and victories that manifest through time and powerful connections of love. Her storylines are realistic but laced with a touch of mysticism, mystery and suspense.
From living in 14 cities in 10 states with years of formal and self-taught education, she's acquired a wealth of personal, professional, and life experiences which inspire the diverse settings, characters, and authentic storylines of her novels written in a unique voice.
Currently living in coastal South Carolina, the sea is a constant source of inspiration and she hopes readers of her books will be inspired to look at life and love through a different lens, expand their horizons, and enrich their lives.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N