Saturday, 1 February 2014

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4.0 out of 5 stars great! March 21, 2013
 
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Reviewer- DMP for Rorreviews . wordpress . com
I really must applaud McCune for going off the proverbial hero/heroine stereotype board by making Jim "not as handsome as she first thought" and Rachel being "A little more plump than he had originally thought". There are just NOT enough of realistic characters in books for my liking, but McCune succeeded in pleasing my appetite.
The lively and fun dialogue McCune creates in this romance made me recall many personal life experiences with my 'true love' and as McCune quotes in her book, woman have many true loves in their lifetime, if done right.
I absolutely love how she weaved the blossoming romance between Jim and Rachel. Tender yet passionate at various times. The strength McCune brings out in Rachel had me cheering her on and the realization from the beginning that Jim showed when recognizing Rachel's simple life had me wishing more real life men would be in-tuned to that behavior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection March 16, 2013
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Much of the plot of Heart-Strong centers around what it means to be "perfect," especially perfect for someone. Is the slender, perfectly groomed, perfectly behaved blonde perfect? Is the curvy, less-than-perfectly groomed and behaved brunette? The contrast between the two characters couldn't be more marked, although both are divorced mothers of sons (big contrast between the boys, too, of course). The distinctions are, naturally, superficial. What's really important is that Rachel and Jim, as do so many of us, construct a vision of what they think would be "perfect" for them, ignoring their own natural impulses and instincts.

I liked the structure of the book, which starts with an appealing set-up and brings the characters right back to it at the end. It's a nifty mechanism, but it works because it also illustrates the theme of perfection. Vivid characters also bring the theme to life in a way that keeps it fresh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming page-turner March 27, 2013
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In Heart-Strong, Rachel and Jim meet sweet outside the supermarket. Is it love? Not so fast. First,
girl-next-door Rachel must learn to trust her heart; not her practical, curly head; and guy-next-door Jim must dodge the wiles of the Perfect Woman. As always, Bonnie McCune's characters are wonderfully human, funny and oh-so-easy to identify with. I especially loved the passage where Rachel bungles the language of texting while trying to make amends with Jim. This quick, hard-to-put down read left me charmed.
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Rachel Kinsey is a short, plump, semi-chaotic paralegal who can see the good in everyone. She runs on her emotions more than her head; heart-strong, not head-strong, and perhaps that’s why she’s dated so many of the wrong men. One day, she bumps into a stranger at the food store and feels an automatic attraction for the man who shares her opinions on the high cost of food. She assumes she’ll never see him again, but when her son comes home from soccer injured, he’s in the company of the stranger, a guy named Jim who has been helping the team.
Jim has also felt an attraction for the strange woman he met at the grocery, although he can’t figure out why. She isn’t anything like the ideal woman he has logically selected in an itemized list of attributes. When they recognize each other, they begin to date.
But this isn’t a typical romance. Jim isn’t ready to commit, and starts dating another woman, Donna, on the side. Donna fits his list of attributes more than Rachel does, and he goes back and forth between the two. It isn’t a love triangle so much as a case of indecision, being torn between logic and emotion, and not knowing what it is that he really wants.
The book is only six chapters long, making it a pleasant four-hour read. The love scenes are limited to kisses, and the attraction is based more on friendship than physique. It doesn’t follow the usual plot development for a romance novel. Actually, it’s more in keeping with “Bridges Over Madison County”. It’s about making up your mind, exploring what is in your heart, and learning to accept people just the way they are, faults and all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Head-Strong August 4, 2013
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I enjoyed the work. Most of the story was extremely realistic and believable. Most of the characters brought an instant connection and seemed like people I knew, so putting the book down wasn't an option.

Great book, Bonnie!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heart Strong August 1, 2013
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The two main characters are destined for each other and drawn to each other from the moment they nearly meet, but they keep missing each other. When they finally do meet up Rachel Kinsey doesn't fit the description of a classical beauty. She's a soccer mom who doesn't mind expressing her opinion and she's cute but slightly plump.

Attorney Jim Landers loves soccer and kids and is immediately drawn to Rachel but is captivated by the perfection and glamour of another woman. Will Rachel and Jim ever connect? A simple romance with light humor. I give it three out of five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's the Way It Is! July 13, 2013
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I enjoyed this sweet, charming story from the cute meet in the grocery store all the way to the end. Set in the real world of today it was imbued with deft touches that struck a chord in my heart. I well remember how my brother went through a phase where he would only date red-headed women. So when Jim in the story mentions that he usually went for blondes, I nodded my head. Yes, that's the way it is.

And just as it is in the real world, Jim isn't sure about Rachel--who, among other things is impulsive, and certainly not perfect. So Jim dates another woman who is flawless, but he constantly compares the two women. He even makes up a list of each woman's attributes. It reminded me of the time my husband and I were buying a house. We made lists of what we wanted and what each house featured. However, Jim is dealing with women--and to me it was a bit funny that he thought he could be so objective by using that list.

It's a short tale, but I recommend it. It will give you a cozy feeling inside and maybe like me you'll nod your head. Yes, that's the way it is.

Headstrong.  Rachel Kinsey fits the description perfectly.  The divorced soccer mom may be ditzy and as sympathetic to losers as a charity, but she knows what she wants.  A man completely different from her unreliable ex-husband and the outrageous characters she’s usually doomed to attract.

Enter Jim Landers, the ideal candidate.  An accidental encounter introduces her to the tall, dark attorney who loves soccer and kids.  The only problem?  He’s not prepared for a ready-made family and a woman as comfortable as a beloved sweater rather than a beauty queen.  A woman whose kindness, enthusiasm for life, and unguarded honesty may disturb a man who values order, perfection, and serenity.  Jim turns to the flawless yet distant Donna as a substitute for Rachel.

She should show him how much he means to her, but rejection from an absent father and a capricious ex-husband may have ruined Rachel’s ability to connect to Jim  Will she risk herself, her son and their future by revealing how much Jim means to her?

A touching, tender tale full of gentle humor, about thinking too much and feeling too little.  Rachel must learn to be heart-strong in order to find her soul mate.

 
EXCERPT


Copyright 2012 © Bonnie McCune

Rachel Kinsey always met men. Frequently unsuitable ones. Buskers whistling on pan pipes or thrumming drums. Winos old and young. Patched-up homeless with shopping carts asking for a handout. But also construction workers, computer techs, teachers. She related to all sorts, always inherently able to identify the human element in each.
Her universal appeal to them was a sympathetic outlook and an open, trusting demeanor, the result of her big hazel eyes fringed with curly lashes and her teddy-bear rounded cheeks. She may not have been the most gorgeous female in town, but she oozed empathy, compassion for their problems, understanding about their clashes with friends and family.
Their universal appeal to her was a human connection with the male of the species. Men of all shapes, sizes, and colors fascinated her. She considered them as nearly a separate class of creatures. Lacking brothers, cousins, uncles and assorted other men in her family, and robbed of the weak connection she’d had with an emotionally distant father when he divorced her mother, she made males the subject of informal but intense scrutiny. She knew this weakness for fellow mortals, even unreliable or penniless fellows, caused many of her personal problems. But the failing, which had culminated in a defunct marriage with an infrequently employed handyman, also had brought her son Scott, now ten, so she loosed her curiosity unfettered.
Late one afternoon in August she announced to her sister, “I met a man today.”
“You’re always meeting men. Usually unsuitable ones,” her sister snapped back.
“I don’t know if he’s unsuitable, but he was tall and had the brownest eyes. I’d know him if I saw him again.” In her musings, she tilted the water pitcher somewhere in the vicinity of the glasses.
Sharon turned from the stove where she was wafting spoons of spaghetti sauce through clouds of steam and tomato splatterings. “Rachel,” she whooped and jumped across the kitchen to rescue the pitcher before the water spilled. “Was he another one of your weirdoes?” Sharon asked as she put the pitcher on the counter.
“Oh, no. None of those. He was just a regular man. Had a decent haircut. Even wore a sports jacket. Although he did look...a bit ragged around the cuffs. And his tie was off-center.”
“So a touch of vulnerability. Where did you meet him?”
“Outside Super Shop “
“What does he do?” asked Sharon.
“I don’t know.”
“Where does he live?”
“I don’t know.”
“What’s his name?”
“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. All I know is I want to see him again.”
“Well, you realize the chances of that.” Sharon moved the spaghetti pan to the sink and began draining it.
“Yes, slim and none,” Rachel recited Sharon’s standard philosophy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bonnie McCune credits her tenacity for the successes in her life, and A Saint Comes Stumbling In is proof.  Since fifth grade, she has been determined to be a writer.  This is her first published novel, but her interest in writing led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing.  She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization and managed Denver's beautification program. Simultaneously, she’s been a free lance writer with publications in local, regional, and specialty publications for news and features.  Her main interest now is fiction writing, and her pieces have won several awards.  Her civic involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers' and arts' groups, and children's literacy.

For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Cook Off.  A special love is live theater.  Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress.  For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world.  McCune lives in Denver, Colorado, where she’s been married to the same man forever, has two children and three grandchildren, and is working on a humorous novel about aging.

Read more about Bonnie at www.BonnieMcCune.com






















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