The Wandering Hearts Series
by Wendy Owens
Published March 31, 2014
Series | 201 pages | Contemporary Romance – Second Chances
by Wendy Owens
(adapted from goodreads)
An alternate cover edition can be found here.
A broken heart is only the beginning for her.
Bookworm Annabelle Hart thinks she’s found the love of her life. But when her fiancé’s philandering ways shatter their happy future, she decides she’s through playing the victim. Now, rather than read about life, she wants to live it—starting with a sabbatical from her editing job in Chicago to travel the world. But the past refuses to let her go so easily.
He thinks he has his life figured out.
After watching the woman he thought he loved walk away from him, Holden Blackburn is still picking up the pieces. Content with his life as the owner of an English Inn, just outside the sleepy town of Alton, he’s living his new and peaceful normal. That is, at least, until Annabelle stumbles into his life, and he’s overwhelmed by a desire to learn all he can about her. Now if only he can get her to stay in one place long enough.
Will they risk their hearts on a new chance at love?
When her past returns in a way she can’t ignore, Anna panics, running from any possible future with Holden. She’s determined to keep her life from falling apart again, but she soon discovers the only place she feels safe is in Holden’s arms.
But some things even he can’t protect her from.
“I was provided by the author with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.”
Is been three days, after I finish reading this book, to finally sit at my personal spot and start writing down my thoughts about the story. Do Anything hit a spot in my heart and mind because of its topic, from the first page. Does youth relationships have rules that say the couple must be upgraded into marriage after some years of being together? Regarding what reasons, a girl or a woman at her early twenties, considers to walk through the aisle and be a marred woman? Each question has a different answer, because we women are individual different, I do know that, so each one of us has her own answers to give. What I believe is the same? We are going to live same situations into our marriage, which are going to hurt us, crush us or even distroy us, even if we do want to live happily ever after.
How do you find yourself again if you’re not sure who the hell you ever were? – Annabelle
Here is Annabelle, a woman in her early twenties, ready to figure out what fate keeps for her in future, after she decided to break up with her fiancé a month before their wedding. She was a freshman in college when she first met Jack. A confident, beautiful young man, a senior if I remember correctly, who courted her with a delightful way for her tastes, making her feel special and unique. She truly felt that he was the one and only she wanted to be married with, one day. But, after the terrible accident, finding him with an other woman on their own bed, this dream of hers, fell way down and crushed into shivers. Now, after all the drama she’s been dealing lately she decided to make a huge step and travels the world, all by herself.
“At this point, I’d do anything to forget what has happened, and I’m confident that the answers I seek lie over the ocean.” ~ Annabelle
Annabelle is a unique soul, no matter what she believes for herself. Of course, she didn’t needed a Jack to make her feel unique, but as any woman, her insecurites needed him and his ability to make things easier in her life. Having not the perfect relationship with her parents, most with her mother, Annabelle was alone when she made decisions in her life. Of course, she had Jack to talk to, but it was her bestie Kenzie who was the rock she always needed. She was blessed to have her in her life! Two beautiful souls, one vulnerable and one sassy, both down to earth but with their own anchors to keep them in hostage, Annabelle and Kenzie are the most admirable couple into the story by far. The many years of friendship, made the two women connected unconditionally deeply. It felt as family, that they could lie on and feel safe, giving them the straingth to move over their problems and live their lives with dignity and respect.
” I’m going to get some stamps in my passport, put some stories in my journal. I’m going to live” – Annabelle
What it began as a soul-searching trip, (which I can’t manage to imagine how it is possible a person could find it all alone in a foreign country), ends with the most unexpected situation. When Annabelle, chose to cross the ocean and land in England, it was because of the dream she had to walk the streets all these great classics did, at their time. She loved book, she even worked as an editor, the work of her dreams, when she decided to quit it and travels the world, so England and it’s old villages was the perfect place to begin with. However, the fresh air and the nature beauty of the countryside, which was so different from Chicago, plus the fact that she was all by herself with no one to share this experience, overwhelmed her very much at first. It was a really joy when Holden came into the picture…
“Oh Annabelle she has always been a good girl. That Annabelle, always has her nose in a book.”
When Annabelle put her foot into The Three Horseshoes Inn the soul-searching thing took the wrong road. How can someone find who she is, when she had to live under the same roof with a gorgeous man who owned the place? Hardly I may say!! Holden was nothing like Jack! Through out the story it was obvious he wasn’t. Holden had a sweet, pure soul despite he’s thirty and his sad past. Advantages that where important for Annabelle to trust him and extent her stay at his inn. Both spent countless times together, they visit the countrysides and Jane’s Austen house or stayed inside, infront of the fireplace and talked for hours, most about the variety of books they read and their favorite authors. Holden was the one, except Kenzie, who believed and encouraged her to write a story for her own, despite her protests. I felt mesmerized by his actions and I wanted to shout Annabelle never to leave this man..Making it harder, having so common interests was delightful for Annabelle and when Holden was so close to her, made her feel affected by him in more intimate ways.. They did have many passioned encounters than never ended in the bed, because of Annabelle’s morals. She didn’t wanted to be commited with an other man when she had first to found out herself and how she wanted to live her life. She couldn’t let her heart and Holden’s as well, to be in hurt again. That’s why, when Annabelle found out about the baby she was carrying she left him intentionally….broken.
“I hear my heart beating. I think I can hear his beating as well. In unison. We want the same thing. Each other.” – Annabelle
Do anything was a bright light for me to see what people, as individual ones, and me as well, are capable to make, create, do to have a happy life. To make the same decision, as Annabelle has, isn’t always the best thing to do but, for her I believe was a huge step for her own happiness. Reading every line, every page of this amazing story, crearly made me see that and I understood all the parameters someone like her would act the way she did into the story. However, as hard as it was for her to keep her needs first, it was clear that when as a person she never spent a year or two alone, she couldn’t easily incorporated with difficult decisions. I think it was the young of her age that didn’t help her much either.
What I loved much, was the way the author narrated the story. It felt like a journal indeed, just like Annabelle wrote hers through out the story. It was so easily reading it, with a fluent writing style, which maked it the faster page-turning book I’ve ever read. It was an enjoyable experience, looking into a woman’s world, who was having a hard time finding what to do in her life, who have found the love and care she was craved so much, who left it for the sake of both, who wrote, despite her protests, two stories before she birth her beautiful angel and then, who shout her feelings loudly and clearly. Oh, I’m undeniable consumed by this book. I may talk about it for days or weeks, because if I don’t I might never stop writing all down.
Do Anything is the first of the three books for the Wondering Hearts series, Wendy Owens wrote. Grab the copies and start reading them. Yes it’s a romantic novel. Yes you are going to laugh a lot while you read the dialogs. Yes you are going to cry as well, while you read the love lines they shared. Don’t say who to whom, you have to find it out. With my hand in my heart I truly recomment this book.
Book rates: 5 stars
- Plot:5 stars
- Characters: 5 stars
- Writing:5 stars
- Pacing: 5 stars
- Cover: 5 stars
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Is Kenzie enough to make him risk the pain?
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