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Hearts Book Review Summary

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Sonnet, Feb 2001, 6.50, 390 pp.
ISBN: 0671775480

    Early in the Teddy Roosevelt administration, Truvy Valentine teaches economics and coaches athletics at the all girls St. Francis Academy. Although a renegade in many ways, her energy makes Truvy a popular teacher among the administration, staff, and students. However, she totally crosses the line when she reads extracts from a nonregulated book, “The Science of Life”, that provides insight on human sexuality to her students. Truvy is given a leave of absence to decide whether she can return under the condition that she teach inside the school's rules.

    Truvy travels to Harmony, Montana, home of her friend Edwinna Wolcott. There she meets Jake “Bruiser” Brewster, who runs a local gym and was once considered the world's strongest man. Truvy replaces the pregnant Edwinna teaching dance, with most of her students coming from Jake's gym. However, not only can't she dance in spite of being a talented athlete, she only wants to dance with Jake, not the men competing in a local physique contest.

    HEARTS is a superb historical romance that provides the audience with a feel for western America circa 1901. The story line is enjoyable as the tidbits of history are cleverly woven into the plot. Truvy and Jake are a dynamic duo and the support cast adds to the authenticity of the fabulous fourth and final book of Stef Ann Holmes wonderful “Brides for all Seasons” series.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman Sex makes him    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   teacher Effect of sexing    -   confused

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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