Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blog Tour: HIDDEN IN THE HEART by Catherine West

Everything Claire wants seems to be beyond her reach...

After losing her mother to cancer and suffering a miscarriage soon after, Claire Ferguson numbs the pain with alcohol and pills, and wonders if her own life is worth living.

Adopted at birth, Claire is convinced she has some unknown genetic flaw that may have been the cause of her miscarriage. She must find a way to deal with the guilt she harbors. But exoneration will come with a price.

With her marriage in trouble and her father refusing to answer any questions about her adoption, Claire begins the search for her birth mother. For the first time in her life, she really wants to know where she came from.

But what if the woman who gave her life doesn't want to be found?

My thoughts...

Hidden in the Heart is a touching novel about loss, adoption, forgiveness, and hope. Claire's life is in a downward spiral after the loss of her adoptive mother and suffering a miscarriage. She has turned to alcohol and prescription drugs to handle her grief. Wondering if the miscarriage had something to do with genetics she knows she has to find out who her "real" mother is in able to get this information. Claire begins her road to recovery which the author powerfully describes, alcoholism is not pretty.

When she begins the search to locate her "real" mother her adoptive father refuses to give her any information. Adoption records show the mother didn't want her name released. What Claire eventually discovers is shocking. This is a beautifully written novel full of drama and emotion, it will have you feeling the character's pain and stir up compassion within. When traumatic events happen we learn we're stronger than we think.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Hidden in the Heart has been nominated for a 2013 Grace Award and is on the long list for an INSPY award. Link to buy the book:

Meet Catherine:

Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, "Yesterday's Tomorrow", released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader's Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine's second novel, "Hidden in the Heart", released in September 2012. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two college-aged children.

Learn more about Catherine by visiting her website:

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