Author – Thomas Dellenbusch
Genre – Romantic Suspense, Drama
100 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 6/24/17
No. 43 - 2017
My impressions: Simple yet complex, heartwarming, guilt vs. redemption.
Yvonne Schmidt – mother newly arrived in the town of Seilersfeld, Bavaria.
Benedict Marguardt – citizen of Seilersfeld and a newspaper reporter.
This short novella exposed the annoying, gossipy old biddies who in a small town who took it upon themselves to drive a beautiful young woman out of their midst because she was deemed a threatening magnet to the men of their town.
Hidden in Her Heart is a delightful story that appears simple but then evolves into a complex and heartwarming tale by its final page.
Yvonne is the beautiful, beaten down mother with a young child and a secret past. After her sudden and unannounced arrival in the small town, population 800, of Seilersfeld, Bavaria, the town’s gossips soon focus their venomous attacks on the outsider who makes no attempt to ‘fit in’. All Yvonne craves is to be left alone to raise her young son.
Yvonne is perceived as a threat to the town gossips sanctimonious way of life. As suspicion morphs into insidious, immoral faux facts, the self-appointed morals committee takes action.
But they are not without opposition. Journalist Benedict Marguardt, a misshapen and outspoken champion emerges to protect Yvonne. He is attracted to the soft spoken, beautiful woman and comes to her rescue.
I reread the ending twice to fully grasp the impact of the final revelation; the gut wrenching impact was enormous. Hidden in Her Heart is a truly uplifting tale of misplaced guilt and redemption.
The editing is good and the sentence structure and character development are good.
The plot is outstanding and the writing style is crisp without extraneous filler.
I highly recommend this short read.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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