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We all have the power to effect change–we just need to find the strength to harness it. With every good deed done, and helping hand offered, we are making the world a better place. The dedicated women selected as this year’s recipients of Harlequin’s More Than Words award have changed many lives for the better, through their compassionate hearts and unshakable commitment. To celebrate their accomplishments, bestselling authors have written stories inspired by these real-life heroines.
In this book, Jillian Hart honors the work of Mary Byberg, a committed volunteer for Nellie’s Shelter for Women and Children in Toronto, Ontario.
We hope More Than Words inspires you look inside your heart and to get in touch with the heroine inside of you.(less)
Mariah Duncan is an abused wife who is among the few people who manage to escape from the clutches of a monster. Her life revolves around her son Jake and the shelter she built for abused women called ‘Mary’s Place’. She is fiercely independent and her marriage had only managed to make her stronger. Years later she meets Wyatt, her first love. Wyatt and Mariah were college sweethearts and chose separate paths because of differences that arose between them. Now years later, when they meet an evident fire is burning between them; and for obvious reasons, they are both hesitant to start a relationship.
The book is short, concise and crisp. The author addresses a key social element like victimized women but manages to keep the hope alive in the plot. The love between Wyatt and Mariah is sincere and is portrayed in a mature fashion. I liked both the lead characters and Mariah’s son Jake tremendously. Since the book is short not much time was spent on character or event descriptions but whatever was done was sufficient to carry the plot forward.
Rated a 4 on 5 for a short laid-back read. This is a freebie from Amazon so go ahead and download this quickly!!