Book Review-What The Heart Knows

Book Review-What The Heart KnowsWhat the Heart Knows by Kathleen Eagle
Published by Avon Books on June 1st 2000
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Native American
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0380803097
One Star

A woman knows better than to give her heart easily ... But when you're in love, what the heart knows is the most important thing of all.Helen Ketterling is good at keeping secrets --- and the most precious one of all is her son. Years ago, Helen had left the Bad River Sioux Reservation --- the passionate nights she had spent in the arms of Reese Blue Sky were never meant to last. She had never told him about their child, she wasn't about to tie him down just when he needed his freedom most.Reese is astonished that his first love has returned to Bad River. But while desire he feels for her hasn't abated, he senses that she's holding something back. Although Reese is a man with secrets of his own, this proud man seeks the truth. And in this place where cherished traditions clash with a modern world, he's hoping to believe once again in what the heart knows.

Helen, has come to Bad River on a job, she has been sent by her boss to find out important information and she is earnest in discovering the truth behind a old man’s death, the father to the man she once abandoned, who is the father to her child. Helen, at first never imagined that she would encounter Reese so much, or that the passion they once held for each other would be rekindled as powerful as fireworks. Reese, is shocked when he comes across Helen Ketterling, the one woman who hurt him more than any other, even though he is younger than her, the feelings he had for her were genuine and real. Now she is back in his life, at a time where he has just lost his father, and becoming more involved in family affairs, but then there is a secret that he will soon discover to be shocking and surreal, and when a danger surfaces to threaten everyone he loves, he will discover the true power of love…

The Hero (Reese Blue Sky)
Reese, has always held onto those ancient traditions of his fathers, having been raised on a reservation, his father firmly believed in those traditions. Reese once fell in love with Helen, but then one day she up and leaves with no word to him…no goodbye, and he moves on with his life and makes a career for himself, but when a injury prevents him of playing ball again, he knows that life for him will never be the same.

The Heroine (Helen Ketterling)
Helen, is a undercover agent and detective, and has come to the reservation to find the answer to some secrets, and when she is faced with Reese, she doesn’t know if she will be able to keep a clear head, or keep a deep secret from him. However she knows the truth will eventually come out and she hopes that she won’t lose her son or the only man she has only loved.

My Thoughts 
What The Heart Knows is a single title by Kathleen Eagle, I think though I had high expectations from this book, and I found myself pretty disappointed throughout the whole novel. I have read a few books by Kathleen Eagle, and I think there has only been one or two that I ended up satisfied with. What The Heart Knows started out ok, and I was hoping it would just get better, but the flow was uneven and static at times. The story line was the best part of the book, but I just felt from beginning to end I had to force myself to get through it, I almost gave up on it, but I stuck with it, hoping it would get better however I only ended up in a spirit of frustration and how I seemed to get lost at times, and I felt like there could have more substance to the characters. I hope the next book I read from this author is much better.

About Kathleen Eagle

Kathleen Eagle published her first book, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award winner, with Silhouette Books in 1984. Since then she has published more than 40 books, including historical and contemporary, series and single title, earning her nearly every award in the industry. Her books have consistently appeared on regional and national bestseller lists, including the USA Today list and the New York Times extended bestseller list.

Born in Virginia and raised "on the road" as an Air Force brat, Ms Eagle earned degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Northern State University. She taught at Standing Rock High School in North Dakota for 17 years.

Eagle's work is often singled out by book reviewers for its exceptional quality and appeal. THE NIGHT REMEMBERS was a Chicago Tribune Notable Book. SUNRISE SONG, THE NIGHT REMEMBERS, THE LAST TRUE COWBOY, and WHAT THE HEART KNOWS made the Library Journal "Five Best Romances of the Year" list. BookPage listed WHAT THE HEART KNOWS among its "Top Six Romance Picks" for 1999. THE LAST GOOD MAN was a finalist for the 2000 Minnesota Book Award for Popular Fiction--the only Romance so honored thus far. YOU NEVER CAN TELL was named to RWA's "Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year" list. She is an RWA RITA award winner.

Kathleen Eagle lives in Minnesota with her husband, who is Lakota Sioux. The Eagles have three children and three grandchildren.

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