Heartwood by Catherine lane ~ Book Review by Ameliah Faith

Heartwood-CoverTitle: Heartwood

Author: Catherine lane

Publisher: Ylva

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/20/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance


All Nikka thinks about is making partner in the law firm she works for. So, when the firm sends her to the Springs, a women’s resort town and home of famous lesbian author Beth Walker, Nikka jumps at the chance to prove herself to her sexy boss, Lea.
But nothing in the Springs is as it seems. Beth is hiding secrets about her mysterious past with movie star Dawn Montgomery. Lea may only be out for her own gain and keeping Beth a prisoner in her own home. And the only person who might see the truth of the situation is adorably impulsive Maggie.
Will Nikka stay true to her life’s ambition, or will she dare look into the mystery—and into her own heart?

My View:

My 300th Review!!

Heartwood is the story of Beth and Dawn and Nikka and Maggie, past and present. In 1960 Beth loved Dawn so much that she wrote a story based on their love. The book became a cult it and many women throughout the decades prize it for helping them realize the truth about themselves. Fast forward to the present. Beth is now a recluse who relies on her law firm to manage her affairs, including a live in nurse. Maggie is hired to be Beth’s personal chef but is not allowed to get anywhere near the author. She feels there is something really wrong but has no way to confirm it. Meanwhile Nikka is an up and coming star in the law firm that handles Beth’s affairs. Lea, her boss, is the one responsible for keeping the writer off limits. Nikka accidentally sees Bath and knows something is up. Can Nikka and Maggie get to the bottom of the mystery or will they both be exiled from the estate and their jobs? Who is the girl with the cherry blossom tattoo?

Ive been a fan of Ms Lane’s since her very first story. She has a beautiful, emotional style to her writing that I just can not stay away from. Heartwood is a darker novel with more depth and substance than her previous books. Her characters are so easy to care for. Whether you love them or hate them or fear them, you will care. I very much enjoyed having two stories that merged into one. There is so much more time to get to know the characters and see why they behave the way they do. I found myself falling for Young Beth. Her story is very bittersweet and memorable…sigh.

The apprehension the mystery caused was just divine, who doesn’t love to worry about the safety of the leads? I love how Ms Lane can make me scared for the “good” gals (vs the “evil” ones), excited about the events, I was heartbroken, happy, relieved and finally contented with a big smile on my face. I commend Ms Lane for stretching her wings in this novel and I hope you will care for the book as much as I do.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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