Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Change of Heart
SERIES: Hours of the Night
AUTHOR: Liv Rancourt
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 68 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 01, 2017
Preacher always said New Orleans was a den of sin, so of course Clarabelle had to see for herself…
Momma says a body reaps what they sow, and Clarabelle’s planted the seeds of trouble. The year is 1933, and not much else is growing in the Oklahoma dirt. Clarabelle’s gone and fallen in love with her best friend, so she figures it’s time to go out and see the world.
If she’s lucky, she’ll find the kind of girl who’ll kiss her back.
Clarabelle heads for New Orleans, and that’s where she meets Vaughn. Now, Vaughn’s as pretty as can be, but she’s hiding something. When she gets jumped by a pair of hoodlums, Clarabelle comes to her rescue and accidentally discovers her secret. She has to decide whether Vaughn is really the kind of girl for her, and though Clarabelle started out a dirt-farming Okie, Vaughn teaches her just what it means to be a lady.
Change of Heart is a distant prequel to the other Hours of the Night novels, and can be read as a stand-alone
This story should come with a warning, as it doesn’t I’m going to give it one of my own. Do not pick this book up with the intentions of taking a peek before doing chores or taking care of more pressing matters than reading. I did so and all my good intentions went on the backburner until I was done. I literally couldn’t put my kindle down from the moment I read the first page until I turned the last. And, even then, wow, Clarabelle and Vaughn followed me around for the rest of the day.
Most books I read, one character generally appeals to me more than the other. However, I can’t tell you which of these two I loved more. They both ripped my heart to shreds and put it back together again. On more than one occasion, I’ve been known to state I’m not an emotional reader, well this story blew that theory away.
The way Clara discovered Vaughn wasn’t entirely who she appeared to be was gut-wrenching, and not for the faint hearted. I thought the way Clarabelle dealt with it was extremely well done, her emotions rang true. I’m pretty sure I would’ve had a similar reaction, or perhaps it just felt that way as I was so invested in both of these characters.
This story also goes to show you a short story can pack just as powerful of a punch as a full-length novel if done well. This is one to be re-read and has a place centre stage on my favorites shelf.
I highly recommend this story to everyone, regardless of your preferred genre.