Date: July 7 2004
Reviewed: soft cover
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Adult women's fiction
Notes: adult language, sexual content
Holiday: First half of the book takes place around the holiday
Hole in Her Heart
By Carolyn Russell
The year is 1955,
and twenty-year-old Julie Mitchell's life is about to change when
she meets the man of her dreams while dancing at the local servicemen's
club. Julie has agreed to be a dancing girl in the Christmas show
at the urging of her friend -- an event that will alter the future.
Julie falls in love with Rick Danbury that
very night. Rick is from South Carolina, is full of charm, and has
an eye for the women. He's an Army enlisted man escaping the trouble
he's caused while at college. Julie sees and hears about his shortcomings,
but they don't seem to matter to her. Even though Rick is a playboy,
his feelings for Julie become very real. So real, in fact, that
he can't bring himself to use her in a way he's used all the other
women in his life. Since a woman Rick has been sleeping with claims
to be pregnant, Rick elopes with her, leaving Julie with a broken
heart and nothing but a good-bye letter.
Will Julie ever be able to get over her
broken heart? Can she patch it with a marriage to another man? Julie
marries a man from work and goes on to have children and a long
marriage. In 1981 Julie is 46 and finds herself a widow. At the
urging of her mother, Julie starts to think about the possibilities
of seeing Rick again. Where will she even begin to look for him?
What's happened to him over the last 25 years? Did he forget her?
Julie's slow search for Rick uncovers many
roads and paths they each took that led them to where they are now.
This is a must read for any woman who has had a first love that
left a hole in her heart. Things aren't always as they seem to us
when we are able to get a glimpse from the other side. This book
feels more like a true love story rather than a fiction read or
a Hollywood movie ending outcome. A truly enjoyable bittersweet
story and a wonderful read.