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on 21 February 2015
A very different genre from usual I had come to expect,there are still the love angle but the angst is even more obvious. I have to say that I really enjoyed this modern twist but her historical ones are really gripping
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on 25 March 2015
WHERE THE HEART IS is the first installment (novella) in Darcy Burke’s Ribbon Ridge romance series focusing on the Archer sextuplets (Evan, Sara, Alex, Tori, Kyle & Liam) of Ribbon Ridge and their younger brother Hayden. This is the Archer family best friend and Archer Industries CFO Derek Sumner, and art teacher Chloe English’s storyline. The timeline follows a few weeks prior to the Christmas holidays wherein Chloe finds herself homeless and dependent upon the charity of friends.

Told from alternating third person perspectives WHERE THE HEART IS introduces the reader to the well-to-do and successful Archer family of Ribbon Ridge including the infamous sextuplets who, as children and tweens, were featured in a reality television series Seven is Enough. The Archer family own a series of microbreweries and pubs, and in this Archer Industries has been established. The focus of the storyline follows the Archer family’s ‘foster son’ Derek Sumner-a volunteer firefighter, amongst other noteworthy professions- as he embarks on a relationship with the woman whose burned out apartment finds her in desperate need of housing and friends.

Derek will introduce Chloe English to the Archer family who welcome the young woman like one of their own. When the Archer family patriarch Robert, reminds Derek that his own family home is currently available for the now homeless Chloe, Derek’s own horrific memories of the past begin to overwhelm and take control.

The relationship between Chloe and Derek is very quick to develop-one of instant attraction, lust and love that is tempered by Derek’s constant need to run when memories of the past haunt his thoughts. Offering Chloe his family home sets into motion a series of misunderstandings and heartbreak as Derek runs when the going gets tough. The $ex scenes are intimate and provocative but I did take issue with the lack of condoms.

The Archer family of Ribbon Ridge is not perfect. They are a close knit family but due to the inherent and potential issues with multiple births-and in this case 6 babies at once-the now adult sextuplets are not without some emotional, mental and physical problems including OCD, Asperger’s syndrome, SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), chronic lung disease and depression. Each storyline will end with a happily ever after but getting there will be heartbreaking and emotional.

WHERE THE HEART IS is a quick read; a novella length storyline that introduces the Archer family with all of their quirks and problems, issues and struggles, and the never ending stream of people who come and go in their lives. Darcy Burke does a fantastic job building a world where the potential for future storylines is but a heartbreak away. A passionate, intelligent and intriguing look at an extraordinary family trying to maintain an ordinary life.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 3 December 2013
This is a short novel/novella about Chloe who moves into a small town to escape from a failed engagement and a pushy mother. She is trying to reinvent herself with a job as an art teacher and a second employment in a pub. When her house burns down she is taken in by Derek, a voluntary fireman who is also the Chief Finance Officer of a large company. Derek comes with his adopted family who all make Chloe very welcome - but, of course, it is Derek that she wants to make the longest lasting relationship with.

In such a short novel the writer doesn't have a lot of room to develop themes and therefore some of the characterisation and plot-setting is perfunctory and the story takes place over a very unrealistically short time period. It also seems that this is the first in a series about this small town and therefore issues which will arise with some other characters need to be hinted at here. The result of this is that that the time given to rounding out the characters of Derek and Chloe is necessarily truncated and they seem a bit shallow and unformed. Derek's problem with his family background and why he doesn't want Chloe in his house seemed very intense and I didn't really get why it was so important - it could have done with a few more chapters and a longer length novel to work round all the issues and integrate them into what we know about Derek - as it was, his sudden change of heart seemed alarmingly abrupt and the short time frame made it look as though he was subject to extreme mood swings.

This plot didn't really work for me in such a short novel. I never felt properly involved with the main characters or that I really knew what they were like. It was all a bit rushed. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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on 19 October 2015
A quick pleasant read. Great characters you can warm to. The story wasn't too far fetched either,it was a simple love story.
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on 25 October 2015
enjoyed this book, good storyline and great characters.
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on 1 November 2015
really enjoyable book. i can really recommend it
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 November 2015
Usual baggage from the past commitment phobic male and patient, sweet heroine. Well written and easy to read and romance fans will enjoy it.
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on 14 November 2015
Enjoyable read, loved the characters, already downloaded the other books in this series.
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on 8 April 2016
Easy reading but very far fetched. Fortunately it was only a short story.
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on 25 January 2016
Excellent story, had to purchase the next book to continue the story
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