Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Longings of the Heart

Bonnie Leon's latest book, Longings of the Heart, is a story about the consequences that arise when Hannah Bradshaw decides to withhold a truth about her past from her husband, John. Her decision to lie to him by omission creates ripples that affect many lives. A friendship is sundered, a marriage threatened, and a man violates his principles--all as a result of Hannah's decision.

I'm reminded of a quotation from one of Sir Walter Scott's poems: "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." Hannah's web of deception is tangled indeed.

Bonnie Leon has written a compelling story that draws the reader deeper and deeper as the consequences continue to unfold. Using the fascinating backdrop of early-day Australia, Leon brings her all-too-human characters to vibrant life on the page. I particularly enjoyed her portrayal of the boy, Thomas.

When Longings of the Heart soars to its heart-tugging conclusion, readers will reluctantly close the book, wishing the story didn't have to end. Fortunately, we will read more about John and Hannah Bradshaw in the final volume of the series, to be released next year.

Bonnie Leon is a long ways past being a debut author, but her writing is fresh with every volume. I recommend this book.


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  2. Hi Ann, Wanted to say that I saw your book in my CBD catolog and I pre-ordered last night. Also ordered Bonnie's book as I haven't read it yet. You give it glowing reviews :)

  3. This sounds like a great read and I'm going to look for it. I know Bonnie in person and so admire her...and I need to start collecting all of her books.

    Also Ann...congrats on your book releasing in Jan. Anyone who reads this comment...she's a wonderful author and the book is well worth reading. It holds your attention and her historical depth and authenticity as well as weaving memorable characters, are fantastic!

  4. I would love to read Bonnie's book. If I win, and even if I don't, I'll have to buy the first book so I can read it first. They all sound very interesting.


  5. To think of consequences to live through for one's own actions makes me sick to my stomach. BUT I know they are an important part of growing and maturing. Sounds like a great book!
    Pam W

  6. Hey Ann, thanks for the great review.

    In turn I can't wait to review your new book when it's released. I rarely write reviewso on my blog, but yours is an exception. It's a fabulous book and I can't wait to brag about my knowing the great Ann Shorey. :-)

    Love ya,