Books That Make Your Heart Flutter Blog Hop

Books That Make Your Heart Flutter

As someone who has read thousands of books over her lifetime, I can think of two aspects of a story that make my heart flutter.

First, I can get swept away and be unable to put down a book that has a driving plotline. One action leads into the next and both put the protagonist in even worse danger to the point that the reader can’t imagine anything possibly getting worse…and then it does. A couple of books come to mind here.

One is The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy with the basic plot being a Russian submarine commander wants to defect to the free world. The format of the novel was that action occurred on three primary stages (settings)–US government, Russian government and the sub itself. Each scene flipped to a different setting and the reader knew the ultimate showdown had huge consequences. I remember reading part of the novel aloud on a long drive the length of California. (before audio books, folks)  Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton was another that hooked me. Other authors who write similar compelling works are Lee Child, Michael Connelly,  Camilla Lackberg, John Grisham.

Recently, I read Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, which has been turned into a TV series. Partially because of the extremely short chapter length (1-4 pages each) but also the almost non-stop action of incidents and events that propel the protagonist forward.

The second type of book that makes my heart flutter is a well-written romance that really digs into the characters. Especially stories that start out with flawed characters who think they have done something that makes them unlovable. Like The Wives of Bodie Stone by Maggie Osborne or Portraits by Stef Ann Holm–both historical novels have heroes who were in prison.

Strong characterization and deep point of view go a long way to guarantee my reading pleasure. I strive for those two elements in the stories I create. In my latest release, Forged By Fire (part of the anthology, A Cowboy Celebration from Prairie Rose Publications), I created a hero, Berg, who thought an event that happened in his past made him undesirable and therefore, he shies away from people.  One simple act of kindness makes Ivey, the cook of the boarding house, to look at him in a different way.

Forged By Fire is just one of four historical stories included in Prairie Rose anthologies set in a Texas town.

Leave a comment about a book that made your heart flutter and the reason why for a chance to win your choice of a print copy of :

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16 thoughts on “Books That Make Your Heart Flutter Blog Hop”

    1. Megan, I was raised by a father who loved westerns, and at a time when westerns were more plentiful as television series. We watched Bonanza, The Virginian, Rawhide, Rifleman, Palladin, Gunsmoke. I’ve love to hear what you think if you decide to try a western.

  1. I never get tired of Rhett’s love and devotion for Scarlett and I will never, ever understand her stupidity! Gone With The Wind sets my heart aflutter over and over!!
    Connie
    cps1950 ATgmailDOTcom

  2. I read Gone With the Wind for the first time at the age of 13. I completely fell in love with the book and the story never grows old no matter how often I’ve read it.
    Pam
    pmayes444 at gmail dot com

    1. Pam, Interesting that we read it in our early teens. I haven’t read it a second time, but know I’d probably appreciate it more as an adult. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  3. I like a good romance. But, I don’t like it to be completely smooth all the way. I’ll go with the *Strobe Edge* series by Io Sakisaka for this.

  4. To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite read. The reality of the story brought it home for me and the way Atticus fought for his clientagainst all odds made him the hero for all time. I also love Stephasnie Laurens Cynster family series.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Carol,
      I agree the book was a good one. Just something about “having” to read it in high school removes it from the favorite category for me. I’m not sure high schoolers reading it in California could relate to the themes To Kill A Mockingbird held. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love my epic novels – epic scifi, epic fantasy, epic historical fiction. Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth is one of my all-time favorite books with plenty of mystery, action, and a bit of romance.

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