Rival Hearts is my first read from author Tara Randel, a writer of five previous romance novels. When initially requested to read and review the story, the title left me curious; however, I soon discovered the story well defined by its title. Ben Masterson, chief editor for Masterson Publishing Company pits a dualistic competition of sorts between employs and colleagues Molly Henderson, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben Weaver, editor of Outdoor Adventures. Masterson dangles the bait of the editor-in-chief of a new magazine, American Legend for the winner of this bout. The winner to be determined on one condition -Molly and Ben must switch roles for 30 days and write an article about the experience. Masterson deems himself judge over the contest and outcome. The switch means for Molly learning how to navigate a kayak and Ben to create a quilt.
Switching places! Was this a fair process of determining a winner? Molly had longevity as an employee of Masterson Publishing and Ben was a recent employ with only background experience as a world traveler in sports and outdoor adventures - oh yes, there is the time he hosted that TV series, Extreme Survivalist. Thirty days__that seems an impossible task for each in that time limit - unrealistic. These might have been questions both contestants thought privately, at least in my own thoughts. Nevertheless - the race is on!
Molly and Ben share little in common. Both have scars buried deep from their childhood. Ben lost his parents tragically at a young age, now exhausted from moving from place to place; while Molly was a sickly child feeling unloved and a disappointment to her parents Ben had no siblings, while Molly admired her much older brother and longed for his approval. With private battles of their own, the two diverse competitors go through intense and humorous battles while chasing the bait dangled before them. This becomes a captivating story about rival, romance, and reward.
Molly indeed has a quilter's heart_.soft and quiet_and as complex as a quilted design. With sensitivity toward the downtrodden, she spent many hours as a compassionate volunteer. Molly's faith in God leads her on a path toward a talent for quilting - the joy of her life. Ben enters the scene with unknowns - and his personality, likes and dislikes seem to come in sporadic revealing throughout the story. He is due for a valuable lesson in more than quilting from Nora and the women of Molly's Christian quilting group. What surprised me was the rapport between Molly and Ben_.helping each other behind the scenes_until sabotage happened, derailing the trust and budding romance between them, each believing the other had been dishonest and manipulative. Ben and Molly truly become rivals_.until the intervention of God, family, friends, and other characters to reveal the saboteur and change the whole game.
Ms. Randel's story would appeal to any age group. Her writing is clean, fun, thoughtful and even a bit intriguing. Script was slow and repetitive at times, but so is real life. Personally, I felt the background details about the protagonists were more vital to my enjoyment of the book than the competition. At my age, perhaps it is less about the romance and more about the characters "whys" of their decisions. My fulfillment is when God has led to the making of the right decisions. My gratitude goes to Tara Randel for penning the best in the genre I enjoy reading.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review.
I really enjoyed the storyline of Rival Hearts! From the beginning I fell in love with Molly and slowly I fell in love with Ben too! They were both great main characters that had me rooting for them in the competition and hurting with life's disappointments!
Tara did an amazing job in having such a powerful message about the need for community in our lives! Like Molly I sometimes forget the beauty and gift of having family around all the time where there are people who wish they could say they have family!
I personally can't quilt, but love reading books that involve quilting and Rival Hearts did not disappoint! It was really interesting to see what Molly did as an editor for a quilting magazine! I so loved her design idea that takes up much of her time!
Overall I really enjoyed this novel! There was some mild action, romance, and the need for community within our lives!
*(I received this novel from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own opinions and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
This is a book about Molly and Ben, two colleagues that have to compete against each other for a promotion at the magazine they both write articles for. Both want the promotional position and are willing to step out of their comfort zones to accomplish the task. Molly is a quilter and Ben is an outdoor kayaker, when their Boss finds this out he decides that they need to switch positions and write on story on each others hobbies. The person that does the best to impress the boss will get promoted and the new corner office with a window. The story is all about what they experience with a little bit of love interest with each other.
I found this book to be a little slow for my reading. It was very predictable and needed just a little bit more twists and turns to keep me interested. I finished the book as it was a short story of 200 pages with many hesitations as it was hard to keep my interest. I would recommend this to my friends that want a read that is just smooth, predictable and not having to concentrate on a story line. Fun, afternoon read.
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Molly and Ben are magazine editors for the same publishing group. Molly conceived of and now heads a successful quilting magazine. Ben's the relatively new editor of the company's outdoor magazine. When the publisher needs an editor for a new magazine, he conceives of a competition between Molly and Ben. Molly will have to kayak and Ben will have to quilt. Each will write an article about their experiences and the winner will be named the new editor.
This novel was fun. Molly, sheltered from outdoor activities when young because of severe allergies, enlists the help of her macho brother. Ben feels out of his element holding needle and thread when all he's ever done is write about sports.
The competition goes along pretty well until Molly and Ben each begin to have feelings for the other. But just when it looks like romance is on the way, it appears Ben has sabotaged Molly's chances for success. The sparks fly and and it looks like both will lose, no matter who wins.
I really liked the characters in the novel. Molly is a gutsy woman and doesn't hesitate to show what she is made of. Ben turns out to be a deeper man than he would have others believe. Both characters grow through the competition experience to reveal hidden qualities.
In addition to a good romance, the author had added other issues to the novel, such as women working together to help each other, supporting women in need of a safe place, and restoration of family relationships. These all work together to make for a rewarding novel. I really enjoyed it.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through a publicity group for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver have been rival magazine writers for the same publishing group for years. When both come up for the same promotion, they find themselves in an unexpected competition to win the spot. Molly, editor of Quilter's Heart, and Ben, editor of Outdoor Adventures, must switch roles, each working for the other for one month, then submit an article at the end of their quests.
Can girly-girl Molly survive the outdoor adventures that Ben has planned? Can Ben navigate the perils of the social dynamics of quilting events without destroying a valuable quilt in one short month? More importantly, in this he-said, she-said situation, will Molly and Ben give in to their attraction and fall in love, no matter who wins?
I have loved each book in this series and this was no exception. Each book's main plot contains a quilt, but the variety of authors succeed in making it unique and different from the others.
I am a quilter! Anyone who quilts will realize how addictive this hobby is. Thus, you look at quilts, go to quilt and fabric shops, quilt shows, AND read any book that involves a quilt!! I guess we are a strange lot!!
The main character, Molly, appealed to me immediately. I could easily identify with this young lady who loved to quilt however was not athletic, not even a bit!! That is me!! You can find us both at a sewing machine but rarely playing baseball, canoeing or swimming!!! Molly tended to stay clear of these activities!! This made her my best friend from the beginning of the book. Ben, the athlete, was also an adorable character, full of charm, handsome, athletic BUT not a quilter. I can just picture the look on his face as he attempts to use needle and thread.
The plot of the story was full of twists and turns. It grabbed my attention upon reading the first chapter and kept me engrossed until the last page. A well developed plot makes for a great read and this book fullfilled this !
The "Quilts of Love" Series has provided me with a wide variety of stories, all including a very special quilt in each one. Each author has been successful in composing a creation totally different from the others! That in itself, is a feat! Tara Randel is a new author to me, but you can be sure that I will be looking for her books in the future.
A great summer read! Don't miss it!
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