Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bleeding Heart
by Liza Gyllenhaal

Publisher: NAL Trade
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  
After her accountant husband disappears with millions of dollars stolen from his company’s clients, Alice Hyatt flees New York City and moves to her family’s longtime summer home in a small town in western Massachusetts. There she begins to make a new start, reconnecting with old friends and finding peace—and a growing sense of pride—as a landscape architect.

When extremely wealthy newcomer Graham Mackenzie asks her to design an elaborate garden for him, she can’t turn down the opportunity despite misgivings about Mackenzie’s energy company, which specializes in the controversial practice of fracking.

But just as the project nears completion, she learns Mackenzie’s offer is not all that it seems. Once again, Alice finds herself embroiled in someone else’s crimes, this time putting her newfound success—and possibly her life—in jeopardy....



Kritters Thoughts:  Alice Hyatt has already endured one crazy spouse scandal and I love how this book opens beyond the scandal and even beyond her recovery from the sandal.  She has moved and set up her own business that is slowly building at the perfect pace.  Through a series of events, she ends up working for someone new building in town and although it takes a while drama ensues!

It was so quick and easy to get into this book and to root for Alice.  I wanted to succeed even more so than most folks because of the past that she had overcome.  I also completely enjoyed reading a book about a character that had passion for gardening - I actually learned a few things which is always a plus.  Reading books with characters who have different hobbies is such fun because you as the reader may learn a thing or two, but you aren't aware that you are learning!

When it all started going downhill, it was great to see almost the behind the scenes of Alice's business and see all the threads unravel.  I loved the twists and turns and trying to figure out how these characters were really all connected beyond the superficial that the reader thought was concrete throughout the whole book.  

My first experience with this author and I am already excited to read her previous and upcoming books!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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