Deirdre Reid and Hartley Tate feel an immediate attraction when they meet at the office where they will work together and fall in love. There is only one problem: they are married to others and Lee has four daughters to whom he is devoted.
For 15 months Deirdre and Lee carry on a passionate affair. Then Lee’s wife is offered a big promotion across the country. With his heart breaking, Lee leaves Deirdre in San Francisco and moves East with his family so his wife can advance her high-powered career.
Soon, unforeseen circumstances have Deirdre second-guessing her insistence on a clean break. She resists every impulse to fly to Lee’s side, but on the first anniversary of their parting, Deirdre grows increasingly regretful and melancholy. Then she receives a surprising Christmas present, which sets in motion a 38-year ritual that, against all odds, keeps alive the love she shared with Lee.
As their destiny unfolds, Deirdre and Lee dream about finding their way back to each other’s arms, and an unlikely guide emerges to light the path of their journey.
The more I read, the more I enjoyed this wistfully told tale. I lived in San Francisco and the bay area for a number of years and I felt right at home in the story. The scene-setting was delightful, action and dialogue were perfect. I laughed out loud more than once. My eyes got a little sweaty once or twice also.
This story was such a wonderful pleasure to read. I give “Dear Heart” a score of 4.8 stars, it would have been higher except for the small handful of spelling errors I found.
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Tags: romance, contemporary, historical
Copyright 2019 by Mark L. Schultz