Book Review: Secrets of the Heart by Dana Wayne
February 2, 2017
MOVING FROM ONE STATE to begin a new life in another or exchanging one job for another can be challenging in the best of circumstances. Combine both factors with the loss of the two people who matter most, and the changes can seem insurmountable.
Such is the case when nurse Tori Morgan decides her cozy, comfortable life will never be the same … Her world has been turned wrong-side out, and the two people she loved and treasured more than anyone else in the universe are now gone. Loneliness and sadness occupy every crevice of her heart and soul. Tori fears a man called Rico, the cause of her current state of affairs. Tori understands that if she doesn’t make a drastic change, she may never find happiness. To achieve her goal, Tori believes she must leave everything and everyone who are constant reminders of her loss.
Secrets of the Heart begins with Tori staring at the half-packed suitcase containing the new clothes she has purchased. To her, the new items symbolize her mission to start fresh. A new assignment awaits in Montana where Tori will serve as caregiver to a terminally ill, elderly lady, the mother of a successful rancher named Wade McBride. Only her supervisor at the hospital where she works knows about Tori’s new position.
On the day before she leaves for an isolated ranch in Montana, she shares her plan with her best friend Sassy who tries in vain to encourage Tori to stay put. Sassy argues, “How do you know he’s not some wacko serial killer or if he even has a sick mother?” Sassy reasons that Rico is still on the loose and may consider Tori as unfinished business. Her logic only supports the hopelessness that her friend feels.
Tori’s response gives her friend pause when she says. “I’m just existing, Sassy. I’m not living anymore.” To Montana, she would go to heal her emotional scars.
After a long day filled with delays, the airplane carrying Tori to a new life touches down. Surprise and disappointment await her, but Tori straightens her back and proves to the reader how strong a woman she can be. Tori accepts the challenges of living on a ranch. While Tori tends to the physical ailments of Mrs. McBride, she receives comfort and emotional healing from the older woman. Dana Wayne has written a romantic winner that touches all of the emotions and touches them with love and compassion.
Please click HERE to read more about Secret of the Heart.