Three of Hearts
by W. Ferraro
Series: Hamden #1
Publication date: September 17th 2012
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She’s fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.
Three of Hearts is the first book in the Hamden series by W. Ferraro. This is a cute, light read suitable for any fan of the romance genre. The storyline itself was adorable, and I was happy to discover that Ferraro created characters that were more realistic and flawed, instead of a cast of characters chiseled from Italian marble into the perfect god or godess.
In Three of Hearts we are introduced to Mae Turney, an Oncology nurse who has just moved to the town of Hamden after residing in Boston for several years. She wants to get away from the city and find a place she really feels at home, without having to share an apartment with anyone else. We start this story with Mae going to a viewing of an apartment that is for rent in Hamden, and it just so happens to be adjoined to the house of Seth Finn, a very swoon-worthy man who lost his wife several years prior. He is the co-owner of S&D Construction, along with his longtime friend and business partner, Dylan Cross, and spends his time working and caring for his three children. After losing his wife to cancer he has buried the thought of getting seriously involved with a woman again… until he meets Mae.
I am a huge supporter of Indie authors and always cut them slack when reading a book. That said, there are a few things I didn’t care for in this first installment that I must point out for my review to be honest and fair. I didn’t care for the relationship development between Mae and Seth, or even Mae and Seth’s family. In my opinion, things moved a bit too quickly; something that would never happen in reality. I was also put off by the grammatical errors throughout the book. While I generally feel that what is being said is more important than occasional grammatical errors, the excessive lack of punctuation and capitalization took away from my overall reading experience.
I will say that by the end, I was definitely feeling a connection with the characters and would recommend Three of Hearts to anyone that loves the romance genre.
About the Author
Wendy Ferraro lives in New England with her young family. She is a stay-at-home mom to two very active children. When she is not writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with her kids.
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