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A Struggle of the Heart

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A young woman faces the age-old dilemma: what to do when you are torn between two lovers?

Annette, a beautician in Norman, Oklahoma, does not believe she’ll ever find love, let alone two men who fall head over heels for her. Aaron, a handsome and virile Native American with long dark hair and sensuous brown eyes, draws her to him like a magnet. Tim, a good-looking, happy-g...more
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Beth Adams
A beautiful story and tribute to Oklahoma. What I loved most about Marie's story were how real her characters seemed....almost like reading a friend's first hand account. And the struggle Annette has to go through is instantly relatable to everyone who has ever been in love.
Ella Medler
A Struggle of the Heart is a Romance novel which delivers exactly what the title promises. A young woman, Annette, learns to live with the complications love brings as she tries to find her place in the world.
The beginning is quite slow, but the main character is so likeable, you feel you should keep going to see where life takes her. I worried a little when Aaron was introduced because it seemed he’d been formed using the same pattern as Annette’s, but he soon developed into his own person, com...more
This is the story of Annette, a young woman who moves to Norman, Oklahoma to attend college. While she is still struggling to decide what she wants to study, she meets Aaron a vivacious young man who knows what he wants from life.

While their relationship develops she learns he is keeping a secret from her, he has signed up to join the army and will be leaving soon for boot camp. They keep their love alive through correspondence but is it enough.

Following the devastating bombing of the Alfred P....more
K.S. Haigwood
A Struggle of The Heart is a beautifully written romance novel. The story packs a powerful message that any romance lover craves when they open a book. True Love. I am not a spoiler and I don't believe in giving a story away, but this book is a great read for a rainy day. It started out a bit slow for me, but I enjoy a fast paced read. The story was well written and Ms.Fostino really has a way with words. Her characters are well developed and you will find yourself asking which guy she should ch...more
If you're looking for a Notebook meets The Vow-type book, this is a great choice. Though the beginning is awfully slow, the author has obviously devoted an immense amount of time to character development, and the story itself is framed with a not-too-sugary romantic structure. I personally thoroughly enjoy books where the heroine must choose between Best and Best, and this captured every possible aspect of that choice. I hesitate to give anything away - no spoilers here! - but if romance is your...more
Marina Aimer
It delights me to tell others about great books! This is a book you should read. This story drew me in and kept me engaged all the way through, with excellent writing, characters I grew fond of and worried about, lovely descriptions, and moving examples of close and loving families! Annette's relationship with her mother was beautiful and poignant, and reminded me of the closeness I had with my own mother when she was alive. Everything in this story is real and touched my heart. The characters w...more
M.G. Wells
A Struggle of the Heart is a romantic tale that features a love triangle between Annette, Aaron and Tim. The story is written in diary form from Annette’s point of view. Annette is young and naïve and quickly discovers how heartbreaking romantic relationships can be.

Young women experiencing this kind of scenario will easily relate to Annette and her personal struggle to choose between two men and which one will be the best for her. The author’s description of people and places is very detailed....more
Cindy Smith
Annette moved to Norman, OK with her best friend from high school to go to college. She is not sure what she wants to take so she decides to work in a little longer to save up a bit more money before attending school.
Aaron is a walk-in customer who is gorgeous. He requests someone who no longer works there, and Annette grabs him. He asks her out immediately. They click so fast she wonders if "love at first sight" could be real. He tells her he was thinking about joining the army, but fails to m...more
I loved this book because I felt that I was reading the authors adult life story as opposed to a story they wrote. It was if we were sitting chatting over coffee or wine.

Annette met her gorgeous Native American Aaron when he walked into the salon she worked at, and it was immediate attraction. They were falling in love fast, but unfortunately he had already signed up for the Army and was shipping off to boot camp soon after. She threw herself into her studies to be an EMT and that took her mind...more
Melodie Ramone
This is my favorite of the books I've read by Marie Fostino. Raw emotion and realistic situations, the flashback into the horror of the Oklahoma City bombing, parts of it were difficult to read, because it was so real. A Struggle of the Heart had great characters and the plot moved along at a pace that made it easy to read and hard to put down.
Jessica Adkins-Charles {Bottles & Books Reviews}
A struggle of the heart is a beautiful read that makes you think about the choices that define your life and help make you the person you are meant to be.

Can a devastating incident impact your life so much it can show you what you are meant to do with it? Can heart break lead to happily ever after? For Annette Ferrari the answer is yes. Leaving behind the small town of Lawton, Annette heads to the city in search of herself. In the journey to find out who she wants to be Annette falls in love, g...more
Janice Ross
"A Struggle of the Heart" is an emotional and enjoyable read about Annette Ferrari and
choices that she makes in life and love. Marie Fostino provides a
tremendous amount of insight to help readers truly understand the growth
and transitions Annette goes through. Although there were a couple basic
errors, in the novel, the overall direction and underlying plot is simply
not lost. I enjoyed the historical reference to the events in Oklahoma
because they helped to make the novel that much more relatable...more
Melanie Adkins
Annette had grown up in a small town and was very close to her parents. After high school she moved to the city to attend college and share a house with her best friend. Working as a beautician, she never expected to find love strolling into her shop. Aaron was a very handsome and wonderful man. She fell in love immediately. They shared everything. Then Aaron told her he signed up to join the Army. While devastated, Annette supported his decision. She never dreamed her life could change so dras...more
This book had me gripped from the word go, I was totally hooked and could not put it down. It told the story of Annette, a young lady who fell in love and had her heart broken. Then through the tragedy of a bombing in her local city, decisions were made which lead her to a different path. I was really involved with the characters, which were very believable. Being a health care professional myself the intensity and stress of going through medical school, I could really relate too.
The book was ea...more
Carey Heywood
This book is so sweet, just a beautiful portrayal of a first love. I related to the independent nature of Annette, leaving her home town to go off to school and working at a salon to pay her own way. Aaron's courtship of her from fishing to feeding ducks rang with a simple honesty of young love. I cried right along with Annette when he told her he enlisted. Then the Oklahoma City bombing and how that event changed the course of her future was so well done. I remember that day and Marie Fostino's...more
Mary Lowery
Aaron Anette and Tim......
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loved this book. twists and turns throughout the book had me not able to put this book down. loved it
This is a story of love and romance that is believable. Love lost, life changing events, passion, bewildering pain... three good people who all deserve a fairy tale ending that can only be possible for two. Who would you pick?

I think she made the right choice.

At the end of the day, this story is a beautiful tribute to one of the Great American Tragedies.

Read this! And have tissues handy!
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