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Open Your Heart (Arabesque) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2002
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Years ago, nurse Shelly Bishop barely escaped a brutal assault by someone she trusted. She was determined to continue rebuilding her shattered life and confidence, but she never expected that her new patient would be the father of old acquaintance Justin Thornton - or that the brief desire she and Justin once shared would become dangerously irresistible passion...Burned by betrayal and heartbreak, Justin had put his entire life into his family's banking empire and swore to stay clear of emotional complications for good. Little by little, however he found himself drawn to Shelly's gentleness and quiet honesty - and hoped for a chance to lay both their unhappy pasts to rest. Now, between buried secrets and a ruthless business rival, Justin and Shelly must risk their fragile trust to at last find the love of a lifetime.
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I enjoyed the Open Your Heart.
The two main characters, Shelly Bishop and Justin Thorton, are extremely well written and gave me a detailed sense of their personality and motivations. Shelly, battling the inner turmoil of a long ago betrayal, is timid when it comes to opening her heart and trusting for fear of being hurt again. Having been physically attacked by a man whom she once considered a friend, she finds it difficult to open up to anyone including her family. Then there's Justin Thorton, the strong hero, who struggles with having been betrayed by his wife's infidelity. The wife begged his forgiveness just before she is killed in a car accident. Justin didn't forgive her and is tortured by that decision.
Several secondary characters also add to the fullness of the novel. My favorites are; Phillip Thorton, the sly matchmaking father of Justin, and Toby Gillis, an all around menace and meanie. In a well-rounded ensemble, these characters brought the story to life and had me excitedly reading until the wee hours of the morning.
Bravo Michelle, you've got a winner in Open Your heart!
Shelly, a nurse has been strongly affected by an attempted date rape. She spends her time volunteering at a local rape crisis center and mentoring her troubled niece. Justin has inherited the CEO position at the family owned Hopetown Savings Bank. Like Shelly, Justin harbors a burdensome past. His adulterous wife asked for his forgiveness seconds before she dies. Unable to forgive her, Justin spends his days engrossed in the bank's operations.
Justin's terminally ill father, Phillip Thornton, hires Shelly as his private nurse. Day by day, Shelly and Justin draw closer to each other, slowly trusting with their hearts again. Unfortunately, their relationship becomes threatened by a common enemy.
Once the reader begins reading this book, it will not be easy to put it down. Shelly and Justin's relationship goes up and down as they learn to trust and reveal buried insecurities. The novel's concluding chapters will no doubt draw emotions and tears! This debut is a great romantic read!