The Doubting Heart (Heart's Desire Book 2)
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The Doubting Heart (Heart's Desire Book 2)

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A woman determined to prove her friend was murdered questions her sanity when his look-alike appears.

When Shelby Holt convinces a friend to work at Wildhorse Pass tourist ranch, she never imagines he will die there. The police say Michael's death was accidental, but Shelby doesn't believe it. Haunted by guilt, she puts her academic career on hold to investigate.

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Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 25th 2013 by The Wild Rose Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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The Doubting Heart is another tension filled, well written romantic suspense from Brenda Gayle. The heroine, Shelby Holt, is convinced her dear friend and mentor, Michael Graham, has been murdered. In order to stay at the ranch she and Michael were conducting research at she pretends to be traumatized by his disappearance and believe that he will return for her. The owners feel some sympathy and allow Shelby to remain at the ranch. To earn her keep she works with the guests and helps with the ch...more
Mary Metcalfe
It took awhile for me to get immersed in this book. But after a few chapters I became very curious about Shelby and just sat back with my coffee, put up my feet and suspended all disbelief for a few hours. Sure, there were a few things that didn't ring true, like the Graham dynasty not running a security check on Shelby. And the ending was pretty abrupt for a romance. And, the clinical names during the steamy sex scenes dampened the steam a bit. But, all in all, the writing and dialogue were ver...more
InD'Tale Magazine

Though this is the second book in the 'Heart's Desire' series this can be read as a standalone.

Full review in June 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Judith Lott
A very good book - I really enjoyed the story - kept you guessing until the end. Thanks to Ms Gayle and Goodreads for a wonderful experience!
I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway.

A nice romance that had just the right amount of conflict.
Contemporary Western mystery with romance tendencies at the Wildhorse Pass tourist ranch, where Miss Shelby Holt invites her friend to work with her which goes horribly wrong when Micheal dies in suspicious circumstances. Dr Chad Graham is guilt-ridden over his cousin Micheal's death so he decides to pose as a ranch hand to investigate. Chad comes from a close family so he keeps in touch with his cousins, so it hits him hard to think that Micheal may be dead or murdered. Shelby and Chad have an...more
Every now and again I get in the mood to read something suspenseful and after reading the blurb to Brenda Gayle's newest release, The Doubting Heart, I was greatly intrigued. After turning the final page I'm left a bit disappointed though. There were many good aspects about this book but some things just didn't work for me.

What worked for me were the scenic descriptions. Coming from a rural background I applaud the author on the rich and realistic descriptions of ranch life and the rugged men wh...more
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I've been a writer all my life but returned to my love of fiction after more than 20 years in the world of corporate communications--although some might argue there is plenty of opportunity for fiction-writing there, too. I have a Master's degree in journalism and an undergraduate degree in psychology. A fan of many genres, I am drawn to contemporary romance and enjoy creating deeply emotional sto...more
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