Collision of the Heart  -     By: Laurie Alice Eakes
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Mia Roper isn't a typical 19th-century woman. She's determined to become a journalist in Boston, and nothing's going to stop her---not even a train wreck! When a snow-related collision strands her outside of town, she plans to get back on track as soon as the trains resume running. But will love derail her plans? 195 pages, softcover from Waterfall.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 195
Vendor: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.20 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1503936287
ISBN-13: 9781503936287

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Mia Roper isn’t a typical nineteenth-century woman. Refusing to pass up the hard-won opportunity to prove herself as a journalist, she left Hillsdale, Michigan, hoping in vain that Ayden Goswell would follow her to Boston.

When the train bringing her back for her first major story crashes in a snowstorm outside town, Mia is stranded. Not even the survival of a fellow passenger, a toddler, can ease her heart’s sudden ache at seeing Ayden, now a history professor at the local college, courting someone else.

Ayden’s never gotten over the fact that the most fascinating woman he ever met chose her career over marriage…and he let her go. But marrying the department director’s daughter could at least guarantee him a permanent job. It’s a satisfactory arrangement, yet his kind, pretty bride-to-be has one simple flaw: she’s not Mia.

As soon as the trains are running, Mia will be leaving again, unless she and Ayden can reconcile ambition and love—and take a leap of faith together.

Author Bio

Laurie Alice Eakes lay in bed as a child telling herself stories and dreaming of becoming a published writer. She is now a bestselling, award-winning author with nearly two dozen books in print. Romantic Times writes: Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top. Laurie Alice has a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a masters degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. She lives in Texas with her husband and sundry pets. She loves watching old movies with her husband in the winter and going for long walks along Galveston beaches in the summer. When she isnt writing, shes doing housework, which she considers time to work out plot points, and visiting museums as a recreational activity. For more information about Laurie Alice and her books, visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    October 18, 2016
    Amanda B
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mia Roper rejected life in small town Hillsdale, Michigan in order to prove herself as a journalist in Boston. She hoped Ayden Goswell would follow her, but he did not. On assignment in 1856, she headed back to the town she had sworn never to return to. When her train crashes in a snowstorm outside of town, she is forced to face people from her past that she'd hoped to avoid, as she attempts to help rescue a follow passenger, a toddler.

    Ayden never got over his love of Mia, but has attempted to move on with his life as a professor, and with a new woman.

    When the two come face to face again, will they reunite, or run in fear? Can they rescue each other?

    I loved this book; it was such a sweet story of second chances. In 195 pages, Eakes tells a complete, believable story. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to read this book, even before it re-releases, and I sincerely thank Laurie Alice Eakes and her publisher, Waterfall Press, for the complimentary copy. I'm happy to leave this honest review in order to encourage you to grab yourself a copy of this book. If you like sweet historical romances, you'll love this one!
  2. Redding, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great story
    August 24, 2016
    Deborha Mitchell
    Redding, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Collision of the Heart is a great story. It grabbed me from the beginning....what a way to start a story! The characters are wonderful and I can totally picture this town in my head as I read. This is a 'going home' story with a lot of heart. And with some suspense thrown in there, you have the makings of a great book. I highly recommend this and I look forward to reading more by this author.

    I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
  3. WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance and Intrique
    August 22, 2016
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've come to love Laurie Eakes characters as they always have depth. I liked that this book was based on an actual train wreck and how the town pulled together to help. Mia, a strong, independent woman who has come home to write a major story is on the train and Ayden, her lost love is helping people from the train. A string of events keeps you on your toes waiting to see the outcome. Very enjoyable read. I was given a copy of Collision of the Heart from the author for an honest review and I have done that.
  4. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hearts Melt in Snowy Romance
    August 18, 2016
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I am so excited to write this review - I just love being able to give a book an enthusiastic 5 stars! I started this book and finished it in the same day because I just couldn't put it down for long.

    Once again, Laurie Alice Eakes has given her readers a quality book with outstanding characters and storylines. I fell in love with the impetuous Mia Roper and her plans to make a name for herself in the journalism world. She has paid a high price for the attempt - a broken engagement with the handsome Ayden Goswell, who had once promised to follow her to Boston, but stayed in Hillsdale to teach and help his ailing father. They are unexpectedly brought back together when the train she's traveling on collides with another on the tracks near Hillsdale, Michigan (a true historical event). The whole community pitches in to shelter the stricken travelers, and Mia ends up staying with her old friends, the Goswells. The former lovers are thrown together as they search for clues about the identity of a motherless toddler Mia rescued from the burning train. Their conversations are as sharp and flashing-fast as the rapiers they once fenced with. Obviously neither one has gotten over their first love - not even the almost-engaged Professor Goswell. Tension reaches a fever pitch when they actually pick up their fencing weapons and square off again in a (well-researched!) match. They soon realize they have traded a once-in-a-lifetime love for a career that now pales in comparison, but is it too late? The perfect Miss Charmaine Finney, professional commitments, and a band of kidnappers stand in the way of their happiness. Eakes' trademark attention to detail and plot twists give this book an exceptionally satisfying ending to her story.

    I won a copy of this book, which did not influence my review. I am glad this book (formerly published for book clubs under the title, The Professor's Heart), has been reprinted for wider circulation - I urge you to get a copy and spend some time in Hillsdale, Michigan with Eakes.
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