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Feature book: Wayward Heart

20 June 2018

Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

Subgenre: rural romance
Release date: Dec 2016
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Format: print and ebook
Length: 408 pages
RRP: A$14.99 print; A$13.99 ebook

I haven’t read any of the other Rocking Horse Hill books, so getting the characters straight in Wayward Heart was a little disconcerting at first. However, I trusted Cathryn Hein to take me by the hand and lead me through. Which she did! By the end the characters felt like old friends, and I so want to read more of Granny B. What a firecracker!

In this book, grieving Digby Wallace-Jones hooks up with his sister’s long-time best friend Jasmine Thomas, somewhat by happenstance. His sister’s wedding is upcoming and Jas is bridesmaid while he is best man for the groom. He and Jas have known each other for years, but never really in any sort of romantic sense.

The recent death of Digby’s fiancée was unspeakably horrible. It sounds like she was a very troubled lady, and maybe not the nicest person in the world. But Digby loved her despite her faults, even though his heart was and still is sore and troubled, knowing she fractured some of the relationships in his family. This guy loves big, and he’s a man walking on the edge of a very dark pit. All the family are tip-toeing around him, worried they might never reconcile properly or that he might go and do something stupid …

Jas is coming out of an ill-fated relationship with Mike, a married man. He really is a loser and she knows it, but it takes quite a bit of strength for her to break the bonds and she’s not quite there yet. She fell in love with him before she realised he had a wife and children. She’s horrified by her own behaviour—and his!—but love is love and takes some doing to undo.

When Digby realises Jas has a stalker his protective instincts kick in. The two find comfort together, even with everything else still unresolved. The question becomes whether they can actually get past their own huge issues, and then find love.

This is a very heartfelt and moving romance, the kind Cathryn Hein does so very well.

Reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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