Following her husband’s untimely death in Afghanistan, Kate Hemingway’s life is broken beyond repair, but the need to keep her young son’s life stable and secure gives her a reason to carry on. In the wake of this tragedy, Paul, her husband’s best friend, continues to keep contact with his godson, George, and yet, Paul has always been aloof and slightly reserved around Kate, and, as such, the relationship between them is rather strained.
Helping other fractured lives helps Kate comes to terms with her loss and when she accompanies a group of troubled teenage girls to the Yorkshire Moors, she is unprepared, when Paul, in his role as newspaper reporter, asks to join the group. What then follows is a touching and beautifully written story about the power and healing nature of love.
The author’s light and easy style of narrative captures perfectly the emotional insecurity of someone devastated by loss, and of the indecision and uncertainty of growing sexual attraction. Kate’s struggle for control is something everyone can identify with, and her emotional journey is expressed with both warmth and understanding. The controlled passion between Kate and Paul is quite understated but no less powerful because of that, and their burgeoning relationship is a real joy to read.
There is a lovely tenderness to the narrative which I found rather refreshing, as all too often love stories can spend far too much time in the bedroom. In A Way From Heart to Heart, I enjoyed getting to know all about the characters; about the life experiences which had shaped their personalities and of their weaknesses and strengths. Of course, this is a love story, so it helps enormously that both Kate and Paul are attractive and likeable, and you can’t help but hope that everything works out for them.
I read this book almost in one sitting; it’s a great book to curl up with, preferably with a cup of tea and a packet of chocolate biscuits close at hand.
Review credit- Jo Barton
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