About the Book
Author: Hope Toler Doughtery
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar-entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
Discovering the kidnapped, innocent woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
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Mary Wade Kimball stops to rescue a kitten and quickly becomes the kidnap victim of two despicable and desperate men and it is only with the help of an undercover agent that she is able to escape. These actions, however, reveal his true identity and Brett Davis finds himself at risk also. Suddenly, these two total strangers are forced to trust each other in their race against death.
Rescued Hearts tackles some heavy subjects, including human trafficking and illegal drugs but the multi-faceted characters and intriguing plot overshadow these unsavory elements. I liked both Mary Wade and Brett but it's Brett's grandmother, Gigi, who stole my heart. She has the wisdom that comes from age and experience and a deep, unquestioning faith that shines for all to see. She also has a spine of steel and I was especially impressed with the strength that she shows during an intense rescue scene!
Fans of romantic suspense will surely enjoy Rescued Hearts because Hope Toler Dougherty has a knack for placing realistic characters into incredible situations and making it all seem possible!
I received a copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit Tours. These are my own thoughts.
About the Author
Hope holds a Master’s degree and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her novels include Irish Encounter and Mars…With Venus Rising, Rescued Hearts, and Forever Music. She’s a member of ACFW and RWA. Residing in North Carolina, she and her husband enjoy visits with their daughters and twin sons.
More from HopeI live in the country on land my great grandfather owned. For exercise, I ride my bike on our two-lane roads. One afternoon a few years ago, I took a detour off the paved road and onto a dirt path not too far from my house.
The lane meanders by the location of a distant cousin’s long-since demolished house. Trees and a few bushes still outline the phantom house’s parameters, but no boards or bricks mark the spot. Farm equipment waits under nearby shelters.
As I passed the lonely trees and silent tractors, a creepy sensation tickled the back of my neck. My imagination kicked into gear. What if a bike rider rode by an abandoned house? What if she saw a kitten entangled in a honeysuckle vine at the porch steps? What if, while she tried to free the kitten, someone grabbed her and dragged her inside where she was beaten and threatened with rape?
My pedaling picked up speed, and I reached home in record time.
Those questions continued popping up in my mind, however. I began seeing the characters, then hearing them speak every night as I dropped off to sleep. I’d never written a romantic suspense story before, but the characters refused to leave me alone.
Those initial questions led to the first chapter of Rescued Hearts.
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