STRAIGHT TO THE HEART is the story of Monique Oliver's gradual
metamorphosis. Just months away from her fortieth birthday she is given
a pink slip by her employer of fifteen years, and about the same time
her boyfriend ends their relationship. Monique could not have imagined
she would be single, jobless and without prospects for either loss, at
this stage of her life.
After too many dismal relationships, she has sworn off men until she
recaptures her emotional balance. But behind each dark cloud is a silver
lining, and for Monique it is an offer to run a bed and breakfast in her
mother's hometown, Washington, N.C. She uses this opportunity to help her
uncle and his ailing wife and to get away from the issues confronting her
in Atlanta. When she arrives in Washington she feels like a man-magnet,
every one is flirting with her no matter their ages. But Monique is not interested, she is determined to stick to her resolution, that is until
she sees contractor Russell MacDonald. But, there is a hitch, Russell is
not the flirting kind and certainly not with Monique, he thinks she
already gets too much attention. Monique wants to change his mind, but
she must first change her ways.
Bettye Griffin has written a lightly comical story with the warmth and
sincerity of a small town. The secondary characters add just the right
filler for the story and they compliment the lives of the hero and the
heroine. The pull of STRAIGHT TO THE HEART beckons readers in a way I
have come to expect from this author. This is a good summer read.
Reviewed by aNN
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers