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Changes of the Heart
by Debra Erfert
A coincidence is God’s way of staying anonymous.
Buying the 1920s farmhouse south of Phoenix, where the rumors of John Dillinger’s gang hid out in the 30s, is supposed to be Grace Evanheart’s way of escaping an old romance. When she finds an ancient diary with a map under the bedroom’s floorboard, the rumors solidify into fact. She doesn’t know who to trust with the news; Micah Stevens, the handsome deputy and the great grandson of the original landowners with whom she’s attracted, or Jerry, the young historian who seems too intent on learning about her new home?
Micah seems convinced their paths cross exactly at the right time and in the right place for them to fall in love. Now he just has to convince Grace of the same thing before suspicions of his real motive have her running again.
"Debra lives in Southwest Arizona, and has been married to Mike for 36 years. She's the mother of two awesome sons, who married their forever loves, and she's a grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren with one more on the way.
Debra wrote her first novella thirteen years ago just for grins. That brief taste into the world of an author started an undeniable writing obsession rivaling only her love of chocolate. She's an award-winning fine artist, and loves traveling with her husband."
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Book Review by Robyn Echols:
There were many ways in which I quickly identified with Grace Evanheart, the first-person voice of this story. She decided on a change in her life, bought an old farm house out in the country, and. even though the power was not yet turned on, moved in as it was starting to grow dark. Her idea of starter furniture was plastic, the type you inflate. Thanks to the author’s description, I could picture her as she set about pumping it up in the glow of flashlights while pondering how long it would be before the stink of newly unfolded plastic dissipated.
Turned out there was quite a story to that old house, and the novel revealed it piece by suspenseful piece.
The first person who started providing Grace with information on the history of the house was the grandson of the former owner, Micah Stevens, who also happened to be the local deputy sheriff. Unaware the house had been sold, and fearing the worst when he saw the play of flashlight beams through the windows, he met the new owner when he made a grand entrance law enforcement style.
Then there was the old diary of Micah’s great-grandmother which Grace decided to read before turning it back over to the family. It gradually revealed clues to why sinister forces might have an interest in the house and a motive to get rid of her. The story kept me guessing just who might be behind the threat to Grace’s home and her personal safety.
The story was well-written, suspenseful, had good character development and a twist at the end that caught me by surprise. It is a clean romance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and highly recommend it.
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