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The Hollow Heart (The Heartfelt Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Adrienne Vaughan
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Book Description

The Hollow Heart, a contemporary romantic adventure.
Marianne Coltrane is a feisty, award-winning journalist who is far from lucky in love. Taking herself off to the wilds of the west of Ireland to recuperate, she literally runs into Ryan O'Gorman, the most conceited, infuriating man in the world.
He's an actor who's just landed the biggest role in movie history and he loathes journalists. One thing they do have in common is they both think their chance of true love has passed them by...but fate has other ideas!
Sexy, moving and funny, this heart-warming duo and cast of colourful characters will stay with you, long after the last page leaves you smiling.


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About the Author

Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough audience. As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. It was no surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and marry a pop star – some of that came true – and in common with so many, still holds the burning ambition to be a ‘Bond Girl’! She now runs a busy PR practice and writes poems, short stories and ideas for books, in her spare time. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a founder member of the indie publishing group The New Romantics4. Adrienne lives in Leicestershire with her husband, two cocker spaniels and a retired dressage horse called Marco. The Hollow Heart is her debut novel. The sequel, A Change of Heart, is currently being scribbled down at every available moment.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Publisher: The New Romantics4; 1 edition (9 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A06NUMO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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SECRETS OF THE HEART - final novel in the Heartfelt Trilogy, available in paperback and Kindle - November 2014

A CHANGE OF HEART - The standalone sequel to The Hollow Heart - shortlisted for Best Author Published Reader Award (Festival of Romantic Fiction 2014)

THE HOLLOW HEART - shortlisted for Best Author Published Reader Award. (Festival of Romantic Fiction 2013)

Hocus Pocus - spooky short stories with a twist - anthology with other authors - A Seed of Doubt by Adrienne Vaughan

Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated - tough gig!

As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. No surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and marry a rock star - some of that came true! And in common with so many, she still holds the burning ambition to be a 'Bond Girl'.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written, thoroughly enjoyable read 30 July 2014
By AlisonW
Format:Kindle Edition
Marianne Coltrane is an award-winning journalist with tragedy in her past but a seemingly glittering future ahead. She meets dependable MP George at an awards ceremony and life seems settled and happy. However, some twists and turns throw Marianne’s life into turmoil and she eventually travels to a small Irish island hoping to find some peace. Here she meets some wonderful characters and makes some wonderful friends. She also falls for a gorgeous film star - also trying to find some peace in Innishmahon. But things never go smoothly for Marianne, and circumstances soon have her in turmoil again as she strives to make the right decisions to ensure a happy future.
Adrienne Vaughan paints a charming picture of the locals and the life of Innishmahon, and gives us a strong, feisty and likeable character in Marianne. I found myself cheering her on, and hoping that she would eventually find happiness. There were also some really interesting sub-plots that added to the joy and the tragedy of this well-written and thoroughly enjoyable novel.
I did find the islanders perhaps a little too good to be true at times - and I wondered about the speed at which Marianne and Oonagh became such close friends. The sub-plot concerning Oonagh was particularly well written and sympathetic - however, because I liked Oonagh so much, I would have liked this to have been developed further.
On the whole though, this is a great read, perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon or to take with you to the beach this summer. I recommend ‘The Hollow Heart’ and will definitely be reading the follow-up, ‘A Change of Heart.’
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance, humour and the 'feel-good' factor! 26 Nov. 2012
Format:Paperback
An extremely well-written story with characters that keep you rooting for them. One minute you're swept up in the glamour and 'celebrity' of Hollywood and the next your cosy-ing up with the wonderful village community in Ireland. With laugh out-loud moments that are easily imaginable on the big screen, The Hollow Heart is a fantastic debut novel full of romance, humour and the 'feel-good' factor - a must for romantic comedy fans!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic mystery with an Irish setting 10 May 2014
Format:Paperback
The Hollow Heart is the first book in the Heartfelt series. It features reporter Marianne Coltrane and begins with her work at the Chesterford Chronicle where her latest scoop uncovers the illegal sale of babies from a refuge for single pregnant women. Once the story breaks Marianne finds herself being awarded Journalist of the Year for her stolen babies expose.

It's at the awards she meets dependable George Brownlow MP. With a twist, destiny plunges Marianne through a series of cruel disasters and it's not until she decides to take a break and escape to the Island of Innishmahon off of the Irish coast, that she begins to mend her emotional wounds. The people of the island are so welcoming; Padar and Oonagh Quinn who run the pub, Miss MacReady the postmistress and Father Gregory.

Marianne finds another person on the island is also there to find himself and escape from life. Ryan O'Gorman, TV star, once saved Marianne's life, now he's here saving more lives when a storm hits and families need rescuing. He doesn't want to be remembered as a hero he wants to be a writer, but life in the fast lane pulls him away from the island and Marianne.

Stormy times lay ahead for more than one character, and I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series to see how obstacles are overcome, relationships smoothed and families are re-united. I really enjoyed Marianne's journey and easily fell in love with the people and the island of Innishmahon.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. 2 Dec. 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is beautifully written. Its sexy, amusing and has pathos, but also there is a great warmth within its pages. The characters are so well drawn, they live and breath, but more important, they stay with you. The descriptions are vivid and colourful. The Irish background shines through. I loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Debut! 5 Dec. 2012
By MrsRave
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed The Hollow Heart. A great cast of characters, plenty of grit, glitz and glamour, and some memorable comic moments, so vividly portrayed that you can't help nodding your head, grinning and picturing every scene. I loved the spirited heroine, Marianne, whose chemistry with sexy, leading man, Ryan O'Gorman, creates all sorts of dilemmas. The novel is also quite moving in places. Definitely a story that touches the full spectrum of emotions. Fab debut!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make time for this book! 9 Nov. 2013
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. It was one of those that once you start, you just have to keep going, so when you buy it make sure you leave yourself a good clear weekend to just read!

This book is full of interesting, vibrant and unusual characters who you very quickly feel that you 'know'. What happens to them and what their future holds matters to you and The Hollow Heart is one of those books that carries on in your head long after the last page.

Most of the book takes place in Ireland in a little village and you get a real sense of what life is like there and how all the characters interact - there are also some vivid descriptions of the scenery which makes this book very 'visual'. A must, I would say, for anyone with Irish roots and family. I am sure they would identify with much within the book. I, however, am not of Irish descent but still enjoyed the village life depicted throughout the book.

'The Hollow Heart' book made me laugh, made me sad, surprised me, but above all left me wanting more. So, if you do nothing else this weekend then buy this book and settle down for a really good read!

Adrienne's next book A Change of Heart: ...fall in love all over again: 2 (The Heartfelt Series) is already on my wishlist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut!
This is a fantastic story!
Début novel by the lovely Adrienne Vaughan, it will keep you glued to the book until you've finished it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isabella
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a fab love story that had me gripped from start to finish
This was a fab love story that had me gripped from start to finish, read the book in under 6 days,didn't want to put it down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sarah bourne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very easy reading
The first in a romantic trilogy I believe? The first book took a little while to get into but once i familiarised myself with the characters i couldn't put it down it was very easy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by lis naylor
4.0 out of 5 stars ... book review challenge and have to say I really enjoyed it, You...
Was sent this book as part of a book review challenge and have to say I really enjoyed it, You will laugh and cry all at the same time, romance and friendship throughout. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story
Most enjoyable book I have read in a long time. Listened to the author on radio leicester(quite by chance) and was drawn in. Read more
Published 10 months ago by anne birch
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Had this book for a Xmas present. Loved every page. Very gripping story set in Ireland with great characters and a lot of twists and turns. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pat G
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous debut novel
I really loved this novel. The story of Marianne Coltrane, a campaigning journalist, is gripping from the start. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sharon Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow Heart
A wonderful book, great story and a fabulous mix of characters - loved the wee dog, Monty, he was a star ! Looking forward to the sequel very much.
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars The hollow heart
Can't wait to read the follow up with this author a truly gripping romantic exciting story lines with a happy ending could not put the book down
Published 13 months ago by mrs b roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books ............
You know when you have a good book by your bed ............... you don't stay downstairs watching rubbish TV late at night .............. you tidy up and rush to bed ...... Read more
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