WHERE THE HEART LEADS
by Ginny McBlain

May 2003
ISBN: 1-58749-365-9
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Since her husband’s murder, Ashley Lanning has been raising her infant son alone. Her child and her job as the curator of the Post Museum keep her quite busy. Pursuing a relationship with the devilishly handsome Kit Garrett is the last thing she needs to be doing, especially when Kit causes her to feel again, something she’s not sure she’s ready to do. She’s lost one husband, it would be foolish to give her heart to a military intelligence officer whose professional lifestyle can only keep her up at night.


When his wife, Marla, leaves him to pursue her acting career, Major Kit Garrett must adapt to his role as a single father. His two children, Amy and Marc, have been devastated by their mother’s abandonment, and it’s up to him to fill in the void.


Over a period of time, Kit and Ashley fall in love, but several things stand in the way of their happiness. Will Kit be able to forgive himself for a tragedy, which happened long ago? Ashley and Marc’s fragile friendship, can it survive Marla’s return? Or will a terrible man from the past end Ashley’s life before she can begin to live again?


Every woman loves a guy in uniform so I was instantly attracted to this tale. After reading it though, I was somewhat disappointed. Although the story line was interesting, I found the characters unappealing and unreal. For instance, over the years, Ashley has been unable to forget the two people responsible for her husband’s death, one whom has been caught and the other who is still on the loose. When the dangerous stranger reappears in her life, she fails to place him immediately although she does somehow recognize his eyes. She even gives him a lift in her car. Full recognition does not occur until her life is in jeopardy. I had a hard time believing this.


I was also concerned about Kit’s attitude toward the children. In the story, he barely allows them to breathe, yet it can also be assumed at the same time that since he knows very little about caring for them, he could not have spent a great deal of time in their presence. I find this lack of parenting skills to be in direct conflict with the idea of his protectiveness toward them.


One other little thing that surprisingly bothered me was the baby’s nickname, Nuisance. It just didn’t sit well with me.


What I did enjoy was the opportunity to expand my knowledge of military terminology. I also think the writer did a fine job of detailing the life of a spouse in the armed services.


Reviewed in April 2003 by Natasha.

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