by Candice Poarch

June 2002
ISBN: 1-583-14222-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

Bargain Of The Heart is a tale of two people who have grown apart. Crystal and Richard Dupree love each other, of that there is no question. But, sometimes love just isnít enough, especially when itís taken for granted.

Following in his fatherís footsteps, Richard is a man who works hard to provide for his family. A prosperous lawyer, Richard always has his hands in more than one pie, and as a result his relationship with his wife, Crystal, has suffered. When Richard wasnít physically there to support her when she miscarried their child or emotionally there afterwards, Crystal decided it was time to pack it in.

At first, Richard doesnít understand what sheís upset about. He knows he should have been there when she miscarried but he didnít know and it was only one mistake. Wasnít it? Yeah. Sure.

This reader felt like knocking some sense into the dense Richard. It took him forever to realize that all Crystal wanted was a real relationship with him. One in which they talked when things bothered them and spent time alone together. And not just in bed.

One of the things in this book that I gave a big thumbs up to was Crystalís determination not to settle for the same old Richard. Despite the fact that she loved him and has always been incredibly attracted to him she didnít cave when he pressured her to come home. Although, she did do the do with him in a moment of weakness.

In addition to Richard and Crystalís story was a wonderful budding romance between Crystalís Aunt Annie and farmer, Travis Walker. Their courtship is every bit as entertaining as Crystal and Richardís and I enjoyed reading about every minute of it. Bargain Of The Heart is a nicely written story. While there was nothing in it that reached out and grabbed me, I enjoyed reading it and Iím looking forward to checking out other books by Candice Poarch.

Reviewed in October 2002 by JaToya.

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