Games of the Heart

Games of the Heart

eBook - 2012
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From the balcony of his house, Mike Haines can see the quiet, commonplace beauty of the Holliday farm. But what he remembers is the little sister of his high school girlfriend, Dusty who grew up there. As a teen, Dusty had gone off the rails but when she was a kid, she was sweet, she was funny and she had a special bond with Mike. But after high school, she took off and Mike never saw her again. Then tragedy strikes Dusty's family, she comes back into town and Mike thinks she hasn't changed back to the sweet, funny girl he knew but instead continued to be selfish and thoughtless, leaving her family alone to deal with their mourning. So he seeks her out and confronts her in an effort to understand what went wrong and to force her to sort herself out. He finds out quickly he's wrong about Dusty Holliday. Very wrong. And right after Mike discovers that, the bond they had years before snaps back into place in ways he would never suspect. But Mike Haines had a bad marriage then he played games of the heart for a good woman. And lost. In order to protect himself and his kids, he's cautious, he's careful to read the signs and he's not interested in finding a woman he has to fix. Then he learns what happened to Dusty and he thinks she needs to be fixed. He swings, he misses and in this new game of hearts, for Dusty, Mike just got strike three.
Publisher: [Los Gatos, California] : Smashwords Edition, 2012
ISBN: 9781476061719
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 27, 2016

"Games of the Heart" are about two characters, Mike Haines and Dusty Holliday. These two have been in love with each other for twenty-five years, but no other relationship formed when they were younger. Until the death of Dusty’s brother, Darrin brings her back home. However as these two figure out their relationship another relationship is in bloom with Mike’s daughter, Reesee and Dusty’s nephew, Fin. 

Watching fated love and young love grow throughout the book was amazing, but it was a long road for the Holliday and Haines because everyone is trying to come to grips with old wounds, new paths and tragic losses that just haven’t healed. But in the mist of all this the Haines and Hollidays rallies together to strengthen their numbers because the love that you witness and feel as you read in "Games of the Heart" is profound.

Every emotion Kristen Ashley wrote, I felt. When these characters were joking and laughing, so was I. When a tragedy stuck and made them worried with fear, I felt as if I was there with them. Waiting for an answer of hope, as tears silently slid down my face, soaking the pages while reading forward. 

Once again, Kristen Ashley wrote a book that not only moves me, but made me feel like I was part of the family of this amazing, full of love family.


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