Book Review: Hidden Under Her Heart


Hidden Under Her Heart by Rachelle Ayala is a wonderful book to add to your summer reading list!

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Unwanted pregnancies bring a torrent of emotions and choices. Maryanne Torres tries to gain validation and love by giving more in each relationship than she takes. Her boyfriend, Lucas Knight believes his reason for existence lies in becoming a triathlon champion.

An unexpected pregnancy forces Maryanne to examine her past while Lucas is torn between concern and bitterness.

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Generally I give a new book three chapters before putting it away and not completing it. I didn’t need three chapters to decide. I was drawn into the story within the first few pages.

Maryanne is tired of her life and failed relationships. She decides to make a bet with a friend and stop having sex. The first one to “fall off the wagon” owes the other one a weekend spa getaway.

Maryanne meets Lucas when he becomes a patient at the allergy clinic where she works. After Lucas hits on her in a completely immature way, I couldn’t understand why Maryanne would give him another chance.

Soon Maryanne’s need to have a man validate her became a central theme. For years she had bounced from one boyfriend to another, each one a failed relationship because she lived only for them. Her self worth was entirely wrapped up in what her current boyfriend thought of her.

Her relationship was with Lucas was no different. She often jumps to conclusions and makes judgments based on past experiences. She creates pain within the relationship but also battles with an overwhelming need for his love.

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I know a book is good when I stay up late into the night.


Ms. Ayala does a wonderful job intertwining themes of love, hurt, pain, and past regrets. She leads the characters down a path that few stories take. This book has a good balance of a predictable story line with plenty of surprises to keep you interested.

She tackles guilt, abortion, religious legalism, and unwanted pregnancies. In the end, she shows how God and faith can lead to grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness.

If you are looking for a realistic love story, this one pushes the limits. There were times when Maryanne and Lucas’s relationship went a direction quicker than I feel would have happened in real life.

However, as a Christian Romance novel it hits the spot. I was looking for a book to get lost in and forget the world for a bit. This book definitely meets that mark.

I highly recommend adding this read to your summer list. And for .99 for the ebook at both Smashwords (multiple formats) and Amazon, it is well worth it.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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