Broken Faith
2nd Edition - 2013
Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Lori L. Lake, Author of Snow Moon Rising, The 'Gun' Series, Stepping Out, The Milk of Human Kindness, & more.
Midwest Book Review - Oct, 2002

In a spin-off book from her debut novel, COMING HOME, this author pens the story of Marika Havers, a cynical immigration attorney living in Calgary, Canada. Marika is in a world of hurt. No relationship has ever lasted-except for an occasional loveless liaison with a woman named Cass, who uses Marika cruelly.
Rhiannon "Rhi" Davies lives a hardscrabble existence in a shabby part of town. She rents a room from her mean-spirited aunt who took Rhi in at age ten when the girl's parents died. For years, Rhi has dreamed of escape from the critical, loveless aunt. Since getting a paralegal certificate, she's saved every penny she can, planning and scheming to get out of her situation. Rhi enters Marika's work life by taking a temporary paralegal job when the regular employee goes on maternity leave. Marika and Rhi have almost nothing in common-except for their lack of faith in themselves or that they are worthy of love.

When Rhi is attacked and badly injured by a crazed man in the office, Marika is shocked into compassion. She takes Rhi into her home and cares for the convalescing young woman, and against all odds, the two women are drawn to one another.

This might be a typical romance except for two things. First of all, the writing is exquisite. Every scene, every character, every detail is described with loving care. The secondary characters, especially the kindly priest, the mean aunt, and several helpful friends, are well-drawn. Secondly, the story doesn't end with the two women gaining rapport and falling in love. Instead, Marika's past comes back to haunt them, dragging them into danger and near death. The story ends up being more than a typical romance and is, in fact, a cross-genre thriller.

Told with a deft touch by a talented writer, BROKEN FAITH is an exhilarating story that gains power the further the reader gets into it. There are so many twists and turns along the way, most of them unexpected, and the suspense grows gradually as the reader becomes aware of the breadth of the plot. Simply put, this is a terrific book, and I recommend it highly.

K. Johnson - June, 2006

'Broken Faith' is not a sequel, but a companion novel to Hart's book 'Coming Home.' There is some character overlap, but new characters are introduced as well. If you read and enjoyed 'Coming Home,' you'll probably enjoy this one as well. However, 'Broken Faith' is a completely different kind of story than her first novel.

Introduced are Marika Havers (from 'Coming Home'), a successful attorney who has no life outside of work. She is in an abusive almost-relationship with a woman who enjoys violent sex and absolute power. Through a series of events, Marika finds herself working with Rhiannon Davies. Rhi is a reclusive administrative assistant who comes from a seriously odd family life.

Marika's ex-cop friend, Lee, meets Rhi and decides to create situations for the two loners to learn more about each other outside of work. As the women get closer, they begin to question what is really important in their respective lives. Marika learns what it means to open up and care for someone else. Rhi learns how to trust and love. On top of their relationship, the women find themselves in the midst of a dangerous criminal situation, once again in need of Lee's help.

Hart masterfully combines wretched pasts, promising futures, and a frightening present into a wonderful novel well worth reading. Like 'Coming Home,' this is a permanent part of my personal collection. Highly recommended.

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