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  • Hannah Fielding - Romance Novelist

From the blurb:

Discover beautiful South Africa in this sweet, heart-warming Cinderella story about a blogger, a billionaire, and one chance meeting.

When it comes to men, if physiotherapist Caitlin Sutherland didn’t have bad luck, she would have no luck at all. To help cope, Caitlin starts blogging in her spare time, about the types of men she meets and the bad dates she goes on.

While on duty during the annual Wines to Whales bicycle race, a gorgeous, sweaty cyclist walks in and sets her hormones dancing. But he is Don Cavallo; one of the four Cavallo brothers — hotel tycoons, famous as much for their business skills as for the number of beauties regularly seen on their arms.

Don Cavallo has his own issues with the other sex. He has yet to find one who is interested in him and not in his money or hotels. But when this sexy physio puts her hands on his back she not only touches his body, but also his heart.

They’ve both been burned before, but neither of them can stop themselves from playing with fire. 

I enjoyed the author’s last book, so I was looking forward to reading this one, and it didn’t disappoint.

I love the simplicity of the writing and its edges of humour (‘I don’t trust a man who shaves his legs made me laugh’ especially). The story moves along at pace, and felt to me like a light and easy read.

This is character-led fiction, and I really like the cast: two families (plus a friend) brought together by love. In this book the focus is Caitlinand Don, but other potential love stories are developing in the background, which adds a great layer to the story.

The heroine, Caitlin, is likeably imperfect: she struggles to trust any man since her father left her mother, and has become expert at categorising men by their flaws. She’s deeply passionate; that’s my favourite thing about her: the ease with which she falls in love.

The love interest is Don, and he’s certainly ‘swoon-worthy’ enough to carry the story. I love that his self-assurance and self-awareness: he knows what he wants and goes and gets it. Take the moment he first asks Caitlin out:

‘I’d like to take you out, Caitlin.’               

‘As in a date?’ she asked, still stunned.

‘Yes, Caitlin, as in a date.’ He touched her check. ‘There is something here,’ he said and motioned with his hand between them.

I love his directness and, as the story develops, his calm insistence that he does not need to explain himself but should be trusted. Trust is at the heart of this book, and it’s a powerful theme.

The ending is really satisfying for wrapping up the Caitlin and Don story, but it certainly left me wanting to know more about Caitlin’s sisters and Don’s brothers in love, so I do hope there are more books in the pipeline.

Touched to the Heart is available now from Amazon; click on the book cover below to visit the store.

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