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1/8/2010 6:00:00 AM
'Song of the Heart' is a search for true love abroad

Clark Isaacs
KDM contributor

"Song of the Heart" by Janet Litherland; 978-1-60703-029-2; Pages: 186; $24.95; Publication Date: October 2008; Trade Paperback Original, Publish America.

Janet Litherland is the author of "Vanished" (a World War II mystery), "Chain of Deception" (an Irish intrigue) and "Discovery in Time" (a Victorian mystery), and several non-fiction books.

Her books are morally pure and her style of writing captivates audiences, showing this type of writing can be accepted and enjoyed without defilement. She is well received by her readers who always look forward to her next novel.

Janet's current novel, "Song of the Heart," is a deeply moving love story about two young ambitious people who fall in love in Wales more than two decades ago.

After 21 years pass by, well-known classical guitarist Susan Evans travels from her home in Tallahassee, Fla., to Trefiw, Wales, in search of her romantic first love, Rhys Llewellyn, the handsome tour guide she met while visiting on a high school educational trip.

Anwen, Susan's loving and beautiful 18 year-old daughter, gladly accompanies her mother on their quest to find Rhys.

Susan wears a locket around her neck and close to her heart with a picture of her and Rhys as a constant reminder of the love they had shared so long ago.

They wrote letters to each other, and she was heartbroken when he suddenly stopped writing her after a year had gone by.

Whatever the circumstances, whatever the outcome, she is determined to locate him and find out the reason why he had stopped communicating.

Back home, a horrible man named Forrest Fletcher, who tried to ruin Susan's life 19 years ago, is released from prison. He is out to get even with her for putting him behind bars. He had raped her!

Susan had no fear when Fletcher stalked her or sent anonymous e-mails. Nothing could stop her from finding the only man she had ever loved, Rhys Llewellyn!

Interestingly, back in Wales, Rhys, now the owner of a successful tour guide business, is trying to re-establish contact with Susan, making this tale even more fascinating.

His personal life has taken a few mysterious twists and soon his hidden secrets are revealed.

Litherland knows how to animate her characters with realism and vividly takes you on a romantic, exciting, excursion through Wales and London.

You cannot put the book down. You are desperate to find out how this love story will end.

The story concludes in fairy-tale fashion, full of unexpected surprises.

"Song of the Heart" is a very delightful and enjoyable read which is highly recommended for romance fans.

Clark Isaacs is an accomplished book critic who is published in local newspapers and national book review lists. Visit Clark Isaacs at http://clarkisaacs.ning.com.

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