Heart
Heart

Heart

FICTION

395 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $15.95 (CA $17.95) (US $15.95)

Publication Date: October 2013

ISBN 9781615470235

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Overview

College teaching assistant Ruth Tyack is excitedly planning for a new job in Rome when she falls in love with Tom, a poet and guest-lecturer at the college. Despite their intense feelings for each other, Ruth and Tom must part after one final glorious weekend before her departure. Tom is married and has too much respect for his wife and a deep bond with his special needs' son. Once overseas, Ruth enters into a brief but tragic marriage with the scion of an aristocratic family. After Bruno’s passing, she turns to his handsome cousin Peter, who has long been attracted to Ruth, for solace. Though initially thrilled, Ruth finds herself married to a traditionalist, one who expects a docile partner willing to overlook his affairs like other wealthy Italian wives. While chafing under the constraints, she’s nonetheless mindful of her vows to Peter and her responsibility to their son. As their unhappiness grows, she keeps coming back to her feelings for Tom and her love that has never been extinguished. Having kept in touch with him over the years, she’s been deeply affected by his personal tragedy and the anguish he faced as his wife suffered a series of breakdowns and was committed to an institution. Should she remain in an increasingly untenable marriage or follow her heart? The rerelease of this bestselling contemporary romance has been updated to include three new chapters which reveal the path she takes.

Reviews

Ruth Tyack is a graduate student when she meets poet Tom Jeffers, and they fall deeply and instantly in love. Unfortunately Ruth has accepted a teaching position in Rome, and Tom has a wife and a retarded son. Because of the intensity of their passion, Ruth and Tom vow not to try to get in touch with each other, but in the years that follow, their thoughts are with each other constantly. In Rome, full of pain and separation from Tom, Ruth meets Bruno, an Italian who courts her slowly but determinely. She marries Bruno, who is killed in a car accident; Tom's wife goes insane and he is left to care for his son. Ruth is drawn to Bruno's sexy cousin Peter; they also marry, but he turns out to be a chauvinistic lout who takes away her freedom and self-esteem. Pregnant with Peter's child, Ruth leaves him for an inevitable reunion with Tom, nine years after their first meeting. The dialogue in "Heart" is a bit stilted and cliche-ridden, and action tends toward the melodramatic, but Ross has written an entertaining, unabashedly romantic story. - Publishers Weekly in 1982

Author Biography

 Susan Ross is a marriage and family therapist, a teacher, and a writer. She lives in Akron, Ohio.

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