Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hidden Under Her Heart book review

Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off premarital sex, hoping to land a marrying type of man.
Lucas Knight, a law-school dropout, moves to California to train for the Ironman Triathlon. He's smart, sweet, and everything Maryanne wants in a man, but their relationship suffers from his dedication to the sport. Seeking consolation in the arms of a handsome preacher's son, Maryanne attends a church party where she is raped.

Maryanne is pregnant from the rape and plans to abort. But the identity of her rapist is hidden in her baby's DNA. Lucas asks Maryanne to seek alternatives and pledges to support her through the pregnancy. When Lucas becomes the prime suspect, Maryanne must clear his name and make a life changing decision.

The rapist has other ideas. In order to destroy the evidence, he offers Maryanne an illegal offshore abortion. With Maryanne's life in danger, Lucas races to save her and her baby. However, Maryanne hides a secret that threatens to tear them apart forever.
My Review:
This story really made me upset that someone could get raped, and then have to deal with that man's child growing inside her. the fact that people suggested abortion made me even sadder. I am against abortion, except for this 1 circumstance. The author did a great job in making me feel for the characters and I had to see Maryanne through her pregnancy. There are so many different options instead of abortion nowadays. I wish that the author talked more about those options. However by the end of the book I was happy with the ending and I can not believe all that Maryanne went through. This book is definitely a book many women can relate too. There was also the right amount of romance and Lucas was also a character to bond with.
Lucas has very strong feelings about abortion, for very good reasons. After he talks to his mom he ponders whether or not his reasons against abortion are strong enough to risk losing Maryanne. Maybe he already has and it is too late.
There is also a whole different sub plot that Maryanne's life is in danger. Lucas tries to save her, but can he get the girl and save his heart? This book has so many twists and turns that it is hard to review the second half without ruining it. Let's just say the roller coaster of female emotions is written wonderfully and anyone that has been pregnant can relate to this story. I would love to read a sequel to catch up on these 2 great characters! There is also a surprise at the end for Maryanne and the reader! This surprise is worth reading the book! I am giving this book a 5/5 because it affected my feminine side in ways that other books have not. 

A 99,000-word women's fiction, HIDDEN UNDER HER HEART deals with the consequences of rape and abortion.
[Content Advisory: This book has a pro-life slant. There are a few swear words. The rape is not shown, but there is one mild sex scene between Maryanne and her boyfriend.]
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