Monday, November 21, 2016

A Missing Heart by Shari J. Ryan

Cover Design: MadHat Books
Release Date: November 21, 2016


I’ve made mistakes. Some of those mistakes have ruined lives, including my own. Because of this, my past is something I have kept to myself, so when I found a woman who also wanted her past to remain hidden, it felt like the universe was pushing us together. It turns out the universe had nothing to do with that. If a person’s past doesn’t exist, the present may not unravel the way it should. I found out the hard way, when I learned that my wife is not who I thought she was…living with a past I should know about. Her continuous self-destructive behaviors let me know she clearly has a plan—possibly one I never should have been a part of. I keep trying to save her, but she’s making it hard. Now, both of our pasts have simultaneously rolled into the spotlight—colliding head-on, and causing the present to come crashing down on top of us. I learned that since our pasts are part of who we are, they will always be the foundation of our present and our future. The question I have is, will either of us walk away in one piece?  



Once again Shari Ryan has brought me to an emotional precipice as I read her newest story,  A Missing Heart.  Ryan quickly reminds me exactly why she is one of my favorite authors as she tells me the story of AJ Cole. We originally met AJ in Ryan’s debut novel-A Heart of Time which featured AJ’s older brother Hunter struggling in the wake of his high school sweetheart wife Ellie’s death.  Just like with A Heart of Time, Ryan wrings every emotion out of you as you read AJ’s story of unconditional love.  

In A Missing Heart, AJ Cole is struggling in life. He is exhausted. Exhausted for struggling to maintain another failing marriage, exhausted for caring for his wife after the birth of their son and exhausted from missing the two women in his life that he never got a shot at forever with.    Struggling to be a great father to the son he has, he can’t help but wonder what happened to the little girl he was forced to give up years ago when the love of his life, Cammy gave her up at 17.  Now, having read Ryan’s first book featuring his family, I would have never guessed the jovial, playboy AJ would have such a deeply emotional story.  Ryan proves her writing cred by building AJ into a man you not only think is charming but a complex man with deeply rooted feelings and more love than his heart can hold if only he hadn’t given it to the two ladies who left him at 17.   

It was easy to fall in love with this story.  The characters latched on quickly to my heart.  I rooted for them, wishing hoping for a happily ever after.  While AJ’s story wasn’t what I expected of him, it was exactly what I did expect of Ryan, something with a deeper message, a heartfelt story that gives you goosebumps as you read.  It’s that good.   If you are looking for a story with a wonderful message that is full of the kind of love that will make your heart soar and your eyes teary then look no further than Ryan’s A Missing Heart.  Find out for yourself what sets her stories apart from other books on the shelf.  You’ll never miss out another great romance by Ryan again.



Signed paperback of A Missing Heart
About the Author
International Bestselling Author, Shari J. Ryan, hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates. When Shari isn't writing or designing book covers, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.  

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