4 out of 5 stars
This book is one that tugs at any animal lover or rescuer’s heart strings. The story focuses on Abby who is trying to get her business plan of customer built cat furniture business idea off the ground in order to help further her own animal rescue desires as well as to gain financial strength to take care of her younger sister (after their parents death she became Grace’s guardian) and Holden a wealthy man who owns a struggling furniture business and is left holding the bag – which in this case is his ex wife’s 6 year old daughter Cara, when his ex wife disappears to a rehab center in the dessert. These two main characters exemplify opposites attract slogan, Holden is serious and responsible, and Abby is a loving, free spirit. What I enjoyed is that both Abby and Holden came with baggage but despite their past mistakes they ended up realizing that life is too short to hold back trying for happiness.
The animals are the extra sprinkles on top of a delicious cupcake. The author really encompasses the attitudes and mannerisms with the pets in the book. They are supporting characters that truly make the book special. My only criticism was that I could see the plot of the story and how it would be completed well before the book got started. It would have been better if it the plot twists were not so transparent and could have unfolded in a more natural way. Also the ending was a non-ender. It felt abrupt and left the reader with more questions than actual answers. This is the first book I’ve read from this author and despite those minor issues I truly enjoyed the book. I did laugh, I did cry and I did feel enriched from reading it. I look forward to read what other books the author has and I could highly recommend this book for anyone who loves animals and a good romance.
Reviewed By: Darkling Fae
Hearts in Motion
A Rescued Hearts Novel
By: Edie Ramer
25ȼ from every HEARTS IN MOTION book sold will go to the Washington County Humane
Society in Wisconsin. It has a 5-star rating and, like most rescue associations, badly needs the money.
Take two cats, a dog, and a determined woman…
Animal lover Abby Pimm isn’t looking for love. With two rescue cats, one rescue dog, a
struggling business, and her fourteen-year-old sister to raise, she’s got her hands full. What she
needs is an angel – though she’ll settle for the devil if he’ll invest in her fledgling company and
Wealthy businessman Holden Ramsay is no devil. He’s doing all the right things, and when he’s
forced to care for his ex’s six-year-old daughter, he ends up hiring Abby as a temporary sitter –
a woman who lights up his damaged heart, and perks up other organs as well. A woman who
might be his redemption…or his downfall.
The animals that Abby rescued think maybe it’s time they do a little rescue work of their own—
because sometimes humans in love can be so dense…
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In my stories, miracles are interrupted…but sometimes a few sneak through. I like to think miracles happen in life, too. Part of the reason I feel this way is because I was weaned on fairy tales. But when my mother unleashed me into the aisles of my local library, I gravitated to Nancy Drew. I also devoured comic books about Wonder Woman and Super Girl. My penchant for strong heroines who don’t wait for men to save them is reflected in my books.
I started my writing career selling short stories for mystery magazines and anthologies. I’ve published quite a few paranormal romances and I’ve even tiptoed into the sci fi romance genre. Now I write contemporary romance with heart and attitude and magic. I love writing a magical realism series set in the small village of Miracle, Wisconsin. These are stand-alone books, and anything can and does happen. Everyone gets a chance to tell their story, from a cat to a young blogger to a young woman to young seniors.
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Abby watched Holden Ramsay stride up her front sidewalk, purpose in every firm step. Daisy had told her he was coming to pick up Cara and, in the future, would be dropping her off in the mornings. If not for the girl’s sad little face, she might have smiled at Daisy and made her apologies.
That and the fact that she desperately needed the money. Daisy’s proposal was an answer to the prayer she hadn’t made. Enough to pay a few bills and get them over this hump.
Only two weeks…
By then she would think of something to keep them going. Something to save them all.
She crossed her arms and leaned against the doorjamb.
He hadn’t changed. A face like that could be on a movie poster. A chin that looked stubborn. A line permanently etched into his forehead. Brows slashed above silvery-blue eyes that made her feel as if he were peering into her soul.
“Well, if it isn’t the Big Bad Wolf at my door,” she said.
His face that had been set in hard lines made a lightning change to surprise. The lower half of his face opened into a grin, and she thought it was like watching a large rock crack in half.
Still looking at him, she amended that to a very handsome rock.
“Do you really want me to say the Big Bad Wolf’s reply, Little Red?”
She groaned, though she’d asked for it. When would she learn to keep her mouth shut? So what if keeping her mouth shut was boring? She could be boring.
But not today.
She pushed away from the doorjamb. “Only if you want to get your shin kicked.”
“Hard to resist that line. I could take my chances.”
“And I could kick higher.”
He laughed again and shook his head. “You have an odd effect on me.”
“Join the crowd.” She gestured behind him, as if hundreds of confused, invisible people were milling there, afraid to get too close to her. “So you are human. That’s not what I’ve been hearing.”
“I’m sure it’s nothing Ryan ever said about me.”
“It was a long time ago that I dated your brother for a glorious ten days.” She rolled her eyes, though there was a small ache in her chest. Not for Ryan. For her parents, who’d laughed at her when she’d fumed at them about Ryan and his brother, until she’d laughed, too.
She tamped the ache down. She preferred to think they were still alive somewhere, in another dimension, another place. Maybe just a breath away, sending her and Grace love. Telling her they believed in her. Telling her not to let one of the city’s wealthiest bachelors overwhelm her.
“My brother’s an asshole,” he said.
“No arguments.” She grinned. “You said the same thing nine years ago when I went to your house and asked for my physics book back.”
“Demanded it back. Said you were going to call the police on Ryan if I didn’t get it for you.” He lowered his head to peer down at her, reminding her that her feet were bare, and she was about ten inches shorter than his six-foot-or-more height.
She straightened her spine. “And you told me to go ahead and call the police.”
“You got the book for me anyway.”
“I was afraid you would combust in my grandmother’s foyer if I didn’t. How did you do in physics, anyway?”
She opened the screen door. “Like I said, a long time ago. Come on in.”