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Deep in the Heart

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Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily ...more
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published January 11th 2014 by Spirit Light Publishing (first published September 1st 2011)
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Lynne Stringer
Feb 05, 2015 Lynne Stringer rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, romance
While this book held few surprises I don't necessarily find that a bad thing when it comes to a romance novel. And this one, unlike a few I have read lately, was well written and plotted, with the characters well drawn. The Christian element was strong, but I felt it was appropriate for the story and it never felt forced or overdone. Very enjoyable.
Anne OK
Apr 19, 2012 Anne OK rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Strong storyline with some very likable characters, as well as some not-so-likable ones, in this new-to-me-author's book. *It was not and should have been noted that this is an inspirational story with heavy emphasis on religion.* There are several romantic moments but behind closed doors. Recent college graduate, who has been raised in foster homes from the age of eight with $2.00 to her name, signs on as a nanny for a millionaire's two adorable children. What she doesn't realize is that there' ...more
Tiffany
Aug 24, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Ever have a "right time, right book" moment? This was it for me. I wasn't going to do anything other than read the sample, but I could not get the characters out of my head... or the cover (it did me in). I really loved the moments that brought them together, the struggle and the restraint they endured, and the messages throughout. I even read some of the church sermons to my boys and found myself wanting to pick up my Bible. The ending was a little rushed for me, considering the entirety of the ...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie's whole world is about to be up- ...more
Joy
Jan 28, 2014 Joy rated it did not like it

Christian romance
No cliffhanger

Do excuse the blaspheming but this story irritated the hell out of my romantic bone.

Except for her faith in God Maggie Montgomery is alone in the world. Down to her last penny she gratefully accepts a position as a nanny for the rich and famous Ayers but only one Ayer catches her eye - oldest son Keith.

Keith has a host of issues stemming from never feeling good enough to follow his father's much vaunted footsteps. Keith is unhappily resigned to his lot in life and
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Sarah
Mar 31, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It deserves 100 stars. Maggie Montgomery was raised in the foster care system after loosing both her parents in a car accident when she was eight years old. Keith Ayers, son of a billionair, lost his mother when he was 12. With the will of God these two were thrown together. Maggie was given a job as a Nanny to Mr. Conrad Ayer's two youngest children, and from the first day she could tell that Keith was different than any other she had met, not to ...more
Joana
May 06, 2012 Joana rated it it was amazing
Whilst Maggie Montgomery struggles to fit into a world that seems like it's cut a few sizes too big for her, Keith Ayer struggles to earn his father love by doing what everybody expects from him. Maggie is an orphan turned nanny, whilst Keith is the son of a billionaire about to marry the daughter of a state senator. Years earlier, a tragic accident took away the glue that held their lives together and just as the circumstances were intertwined, soon their hearts followed.

This is a beautiful lov
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Becky
Aug 31, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
I give this book at least twenty stars. I have NEVER read any other book more powerful to me than this one. Not only is this a romance and love story, it is a story of forgiveness, transformation in peoples lives, acceptance and love. A young woman named Maggie Montgomery comes to the Ayers home to be the nanny of Lizzy and Peter. The Ayers are very wealthy in materialism only. Keith Ayers is the first son of Conrad Ayers. He lost his mother as a child. Maggie thinks at first that he is just a h ...more
Teresa Snyder
Mar 01, 2013 Teresa Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome book! Staci Stallings is an incredible writer. I fall in love with her characters; like I'm living the story.

Absolutely lived Keith and Maggie, the two main characters. Didn't care for Dallas or Ike, two of the secondary characters. Keith, the rich kid, has tried it all to please his dad and to try and make himself happy. Maggie, the poor kid, ends up in the world of the rich and famous, teaching them all love and forgiveness.

There are a couple of, didn't see that coming; a
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April
Mar 16, 2014 April rated it really liked it
Deep in the heart was a well written novel. The characters are well rounded and the storyline kept me speeding through the story. In fact, I started this novel yesterday and finished it late last night (reading it in two sittings). There were very few places in this novel where you felt you could set the book aside and well by the time I was towards the end of the book, I knew there was no way I could set the book down and go to bed without this book still spinning through my mind.

Stallings did
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Dorene
Jan 28, 2014 Dorene rated it it was amazing
I could consider writing a spoiler review....but that would ruin it for others who should read this book. I could sit and give you a detailed description of what the book contains....but that too would ruin it for others who should read this book. Some may not think the way I do after they read this book and others will be as amazed as I have at the end.

Let's just say that I have never read a book that I had really hard tears flowing at the end. They were so bad that I had to stop and dry my ey
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Kandra
May 06, 2014 Kandra rated it it was ok
Well, I finally made my way through it, clear to the end! This book was drawn-out, actionless, with weak characters and many grammatical errors. Much of the writing was just irritating. The two children in the story constantly "looked up at her with his little eyes" and that was just annoying to me. Cute children don't have little eyes. They have big beautiful eyes! Anyway, the only suspense was whether the spineless cad of a hero would leave his fiancee waiting at the altar and go after the goo ...more
Jeffrey
Apr 24, 2015 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Maggie Montgomery doesn't know it yet but she is about to become a savior figure to one of the most powerful, wealthy and influential families in all of Texas. But how can this be since she was orphaned at age 8 and has been shuffled around foster homes ever since then?

Was it an accident or an act of divine providence that she was temporarily hired by the Ayers to be a nanny to their two young children? The poor kids are regimented and managed with military precision by their often absentee par
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Ileana
Aug 01, 2012 Ileana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
This is my all time favorite novel. I like the way the love story was developed and how the author the book to share the Gospel to those of us who read it. I truly enjoyed to book from cover to cover. It is definitely a sweet love story with an unexpected twist at the end. I highly recommended to those of us who like to read romance
Jennifer
Jan 13, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Fun premise for a plot. Got exciting a few times, not breathtaking but fair. I really like the fact that the character flaws of past indiscretions were not drawn out. Instead they were plainly stated. The characters are placed in rather compromising situations without resolution (i.e. Engaged couple sharing an apartment implies sex. However, the outcome on the mornings after are never mentioned. Also, the would-be lovers are in a spend-the night situation without any qualms about it, when they a ...more
Debbie Saraceni
Very moving story

Maggie and Keith were brought together in unusual circumstances with his family. Maggie needed a job and ended up being hired by Keith's dad as a nanny to his young siblings. Keith was a young man engaged to a beautiful woman but as time passed Keith was questioning whether he had made the right decision to marry Dallas. The story is full of so much self discovery and learning about what in life is important. Maggie coming from a tragic background had managed to turn to God for
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Angela Lambkin
Jan 05, 2015 Angela Lambkin rated it it was amazing
Deep In The Heart - I thought was a very I dwarfing mystery and suspenseful story

I am giving this ebook five stars for such s sweet mystery with suspense! I liked it all!
I recommend this book for anyone who loves a sweet Christian romance with mystery!
I received this ebook for free awhile back as a free gift download on an email of these
types of ebooks! I really enjoyed it and found it hard to set down but had to as I had so
many other authors ebooks to be read and reviewed. It wasn't till las
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Lainie Adams
Sep 06, 2014 Lainie Adams rated it it was amazing
FIRST BOOK I HAVE READ BY THIS AUTHOR BUT ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ

I LOVED everything about this book. I started reading last night and just finished at 4am. The relationship between the two main characters was beautiful. Maggie's undaunted faith and example makes me want to be a better person. The way Maggie's and Keith's lives were entertained was unbelievable. This book gives me hope in a God first relationship that is as comfortable as breathing. This book also gives me hope tha
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Cayla
Mar 26, 2016 Cayla rated it really liked it
I've read Staci Stallings work before, so I knew what to expect. It's good Christian fiction without going overboard. This is a very touching story about a young girl named Maggie and a young man named Keith. Both of their lives were forever changed at young ages by a tragic event and propelled them to the kind of adults they are now.

Peter and Izzy tug at your heartstrings. Their parents seem so out-of-touch with them. So distant and disconnected when they should be the most positive role models
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Michelle
May 21, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Christian Romance about allowing God to open doors for you instead of breaking down the ones you think are for you.
Jamie Rhodes
Feb 14, 2014 Jamie Rhodes rated it really liked it
Nice faith based story. My only complaint would be that I wanted more of the love that Maggie and Keith so obviously shared. Throughout the story we saw them becoming friends, but not getting to be more because Keith was engaged. There is a surprising twist near the end. The entire time I read this book my heart broke for the awful things that Maggie has gone through and the awful way that Keith's friends acted toward her. There is a lot of church in this book. The church heals Keith and pulls l ...more
Stacia
Feb 04, 2014 Stacia rated it liked it
Light and a quick read, but I felt the writing was somewhat immature.
Catherine Richmond
Friends of mine are involved in a ministry to young people who are aging-out of the foster care system. I was glad to see this issue raised in Deep in the Heart.

The lost-soul lord of the manor falling in love with the governess is a favorite romance plot. In this 21st century update, Maggie Montgomery, nanny in the Ayer mansion, is attracted to the heir apparent. Keith Ayer seems to have it all - money, friends, a gorgeous fiancée. His life is spiraling out of control and Maggie holds the key t
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Gina
Apr 16, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
A truly inspiring read.

I simply loved everything about this novel. It had me reaching for the tissues one time too many. I honestly couldn't set the book down.

It has portrayed so many messages/lessons of love, forgiveness, strength, hope, courage and most importantly faith.

This book really gives me hope that we are surrounded by God's everlasting love.

The author has done a fine job with the characters and storyline.

I highly recommend this book to those looking for a true romance story.
Jeanette
Mar 14, 2016 Jeanette rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Mixed feelings with this book. I enjoyed the characters of Maggie and Keith. Maggie had endured a lot in her life so far, but developed a strong relationship with God through it thanks to the influence of her last foster family. She was a great witness in this book. Keith grew up with wealth but was lost, he felt like two different people being pulled in opposite directions. The two meet when Maggie is hired as the nanny of Keith's younger brother and sister. A friendship forms between the two b ...more
Sharon Hughson
Mar 12, 2015 Sharon Hughson rated it really liked it
A very easy book to read and enjoy. There were horses - so I was in. I give it 3.8 out of 5 stars.
Although I liked the characters, I'm not sure they were too believable - Maggie seemed a tad perfect and Keith a teensy bit dense to me. It wasn't easy to relate to them, either. One is a foster child and the other a child of the extremely wealthy. I still enjoyed watching the story unfold.
It was predictable, as most romances are. Both of the "twists" were easy to see coming. I am not a fan of peopl
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Elizabeth
Apr 26, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Maggie Montgomery has no home no money other than the two dollars in her pocket so she knows that if she doesn't get the job with the billionaire family she is going to be in series trouble. But as luck would hold it Maggie got the job but she finds it to be more complicated than she thought not only because she has a crush on Keith the billionaires son who happens to be engaged to a gorgeous rich successful women something Maggie isn't. But because the Ayer family expect Maggie to follow a sch ...more
Melissa
Apr 28, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
**Originally posted at Melissa's Bookshelf.

Though I generally prefer Christian historical fiction, every once in awhile I will go for a contemporary romance. This one caught my eye, not only because I really liked the cover, but I also have a penchant for stories set in the West. While Stallings is less subtle in her use of Christian themes, prayer, and Biblical passages than a lot of the Christian fiction I read, those elements were not too over the top for my tastes. Overall, I thought Deep In
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Lesley McDaniel
May 21, 2012 Lesley McDaniel rated it really liked it
Grab yourself a tall glass of Texas sweet tea, and curl up with “Deep in the Heart”, a new romance by Staci Stallings. It roped me in from the start, putting me right there in the too-big shoes of MAGGIE MONTGOMERY, the fish-out-of-water poor girl who suddenly finds herself living on a sprawling Texas ranch. Feeling totally out of place as the new nanny to the two children of the ranch owner and his second wife, she tries to live up to their impossible expectations.

Enter KEITH AYER, the son of t
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Paige Norman
Sep 27, 2014 Paige Norman rated it it was amazing
This was a sweet and touching story with lots of relationship issues, but none of the physical sex that most "romance" novels have. The characters were really wonderful and I loved the way she twined them all together. I loved how the author brought church and prayer and mercy and forgiveness in a real life way into the story. Definitely a re-read; I'm only disappointed that our library doesn't have them! I will definitely read more of Staci Stallings!
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