Where the Heart Is by LS Pullen ~ Sarah A’s Review

Felicity Jamison could never have imagined how one fateful night would change her life. Compelled to stay away from the only place she’s ever felt at home, has meant losing her best friend and first love, Nate Davenport.

Fate now intervenes leaving her with no other choice but to return.

Not only does she harbour demons of her own, she carries with her a secret that threatens to destroy an entire family.

Nate has experienced his fair share of grief, what he didn’t expect was for Felicity to walk back into his life, a mere shadow of the girl he used to know.

Angry and hurt, the last thing he is willing to admit is how much he needs her.

Will he risk turning to her for comfort?

Together, can they move past a heart-breaking revelation or are they destined to be apart forever?

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I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I’ve not had great luck finding new authors who appeal to me and can pull me in and impress me with their storytelling abilities. LS Pullen did a fantastic job telling Felicity and Nate’s story, weaving their past into their present and building a foundation for their future that was rock-solid.

I loved how LS Pullen handled the delicate situations of trauma and mental illness in Where the Heart Is. Both situations served to move the plot forward while being respectful of the pain Felicity was dealing with. I was happy to see how Ms. Pullen allowed Felicity to grow in strength while never making it seem like something magically healed everything she’d suffered through.

Nate was incredible. I loved how sensitive and respectful he was to Felicity. He was dealing with a lot on his own, considering what brought him and Felicity back together, but it only helped him to acknowledge the things he’d always known and wanted. He was such an unwavering and supportive force throughout the novel; it was impossible not to fall a little bit in love with him.

My only wish for this novel is that it gets another editing pass. There were quite a few issues with plural/possessive transposition, as well as several typos. It wasn’t enough to take me out of the experience of the novel, but enough to be noticeable.

Where the Heart Is is the debut novel from LS Pullen. I was quite impressed with her storytelling abilities, and I am sure as she continues to write and learn, her work will be highly sought after. I can’t wait to see what she has in store in the future and look forward to watching her grow.

Leila aka L.S.Pullen is a daughter, sister, aunt and debut author of Where the Heart Is. She spends her week commuting into London for her day job. When she’s not working, her passion is reading and writing. She also enjoys art, photography, film, and theatre. In true English fashion, loves afternoon tea. Leila is a Ravenclaw.

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