Changes of the Heart
by Debra Erfert
About the Book:
Title: Changes of the Heart | Author: Debra Erfert | Publisher: Stone Horse Press | Pages: 232 | Genre: Romance/Mystery/Suspense | Age Level: Young Adult
Buying the 1920s farmhouse south of Phoenix, where the rumors of John Dillinger’s gang hid out in the 30s, is supposed to be accident-prone 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.
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Changes of the Heart is a cozy romantic mystery with a bit of suspense. It's an easy read with clean content. There are some references to God, but not many, so anyone of any faith can read it without feeling preached at.
Grace is accident-prone and she likes to scream. She also finds herself in a couple of dangerous situations. She's certainly not a heroine, and not my favorite protagonist either, but she's able to throw a punch when she feels threatened. Micah is the strong protective guy with a couple of weaknesses and a possible hidden motive. Grace has to figure out if he really loves her or if he's just using her. Can she trust her heart? And, what secrets does her newly purchased 1920's farmhouse and barn hold? Are they the kind of secrets that someone would be willing to kill her for?
I have reviewed a couple of other books by Debra Erfert and some scenes in this story reminded me of her other stories. I still enjoyed reading it, even if several parts were predictable. I think the suspense could have been fleshed out further, but sometimes you just need a quick escape and this book did that for me.
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About the Author:
DJ (Debra) Erfert
While growing up, going to libraries felt like an adventure filled with mystery and wonder to Debra. The hushed tones invoked secrets, and the dusty, sometimes moldy, smell of paper was the same in each city she lived. Leaving the library with just a single book never happened. Years later, her love of reading turned to a passion for writing stories others might enjoy. She’s an award winning fine artist who lives in a southwest Arizona city with her husband, a retired police lieutenant, where the average summer temperatures are well above 100 degrees--truly hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.