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Deep in the Heart

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,804 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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
Jan 27, 2014 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.
Aug 28, 2012 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
May 03, 2012 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
Teresa Snyder
Dec 29, 2012 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
Anne OK
Apr 19, 2012 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
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
Jan 26, 2014 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
Aug 28, 2012 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
Aug 24, 2014 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
Ileana Tsai
Aug 01, 2012 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
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book from beginning to end. No matter the problems in your life no matter the hurt, no matter the pain, no matter the bitterness or no matter the hate when you put God in charge everything is beautiful!
Lisa Blair
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A story about love, perseverance and forgiveness. Maggie Montgomery overcomes numerous obstacles in her life and chooses to be an advocate for children, especially those who are neglected. God's love helps her triumph over all the ugliness in her past and present.

Keith Ayers is a billionaire's son who appreciates the opportunities wealth provides, but despises all its trappings. He despises how people assume he is lazy and how they want to dictate his worth based on his dad's money or on his job
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow is what I would say about this book. Some call it a love story which it is, but it is way more than a cheap love story. Maggie is destitute without a means to her name. She goes to the Ayer mansion hoping to get the nanny position and she gets the job, but little did she know how hard it would be to keep the job as high expectations are made for all the staff especially the nanny. Maggie falls in love with the Ayer children. She also falls in love with the Ayer son even though he is engaged ...more
Andrea Grigg
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read it in two sittings - kept me turning the pages!
May 21, 2012 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.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Light and a quick read, but I felt the writing was somewhat immature.
EJ Roberts
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is what a romance novel should be. While it is heavily laden with Christian prayers and a few sermons, it is written with such emotion. It took me on a rollercoaster ride of feelings and even made me cry. That is probably the highest praise I can give an author. Staci Stallings is absolutely amazing at what she does.

Maggie is a doll. Even though she has absolutely nothing, and realizes she doesn’t fit into this world of money and power, she does her absolute best. All the while, she’s askin
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-ended by ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Angel Graham
Aug 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2-star-books
So many reasons this gets a low score.

First, I like Maggie. I like Keith. They just don't really have all that much chemistry together.

I don't like Mr. or Mrs. Avery. I despise Dallas.

I love Izzy and Peter. They are the saving grace of this book.

There is so much emotional, verbal, physical abuse in this book. No one does anything about it until a serious injury occurs that never should have happened if just one person had said something with the first noted sign of physical abuse.

There are only
Clara K Page
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book

I would have given this book a couple more stars of they were available. This book started with a bang and just kept getting better and better. Maggie was so kind and sweet and even though life had not been so kind to her she kept a strong Faith in God. Keith also had been dealt some hard knocks, but he didn't handle his as well as Maggie. Keith was a very complex person. This book had lots of twists and turns and some real surprises. The spiritual parts were excellent.
Paula Bothwell
Deep in the Heart - PG
Violence: intimated, no details
Language: fewer than five swears
Sex: none. There was some alluding to a past life of promiscuity, but there were no details.
I liked this book. It's clean. I liked the H's journey to Christ. I like that the h and H prayed together, but I do not appreciate, nor was I interested in, having every single one of their prayers written out for me.
Barb Nifong
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!

So much to learn from this book! Maggie grew up in several foster homes. Her parent were killed by a drunk driver. She became a nanny for a rich family who had everything, money with all 5he trappings. But as she fell in love with Keith, The son. Her one question was “ do you want to look rich, or be rich.” That’s a question for all of us. Which do you want?
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Review for Deep in the Heart

Taking into consideration this is a Christian Romance Novel it is a genre book. It is a sweet, uplifting story about love and the power of faith. The sermons felt a little heavy but it is a cute story. Christian Romance novels are not my forte but it is a nice story. More character/conflict development could have been used to flesh out the problems more or if a conflict had been discarded it might have flowed better but overall not bad.
Bernard Holler
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christian Romance at its best, when it is love at first sight.

It is so good to read a Christian Romance book where you don't have to worry about the foul language or sex scenes. Maggie Montgomery turns out to be a wonderful nanny for Peter and Isabella Ayer, children of billionaire Conrad Ayer. Enter the picture of older half-brother Keith and even though he is engaged to a Senator's daughter he can't forget Maggie.....
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
A delightful, but predictable romance of rich boy falls in love with girl of humble origins. It is a Christian romance which is its saving grace if you are a believer. In my opinion it was totally unnecessary to repeat entire sermons as a Christian reader would know this and understand with much less words. The non-Christian reader will be completely put off and skip it or give up.
All in all it was an OK light holiday read.
Barbara M Stewart
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deep in the Heart

This book was a very touching book for me to read. I was so afraid that Keith was going to go through with the wedding to Dallas even though he knew they not meant to be together and he was in love with Maggie. He told Dallas they were not meant to be together. Eventually it all worked out for good. Highly recommend this book for a good read even though you may shed a few tears along the way.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a good story of the personal struggles we face mixed in with forgiveness, then you throw in a hot cowboy and you have yourself a good book. Haha! As in other books that I have read by this author I love the religious and spiritual references she used. It’s a good story, but the message behind it is even better.
Julie G Miles
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great plot

This is the first book I've read by this author. I really like her writing style and it was hard to put this book down. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and watch their relationship grow in a realistic easy. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Sweet Christian love story

Wonderful messages are though out this book! Prayer, forgiveness, mercy, and love are woven into the story. Not to mention, going to church and reading the word of God. This is story is definitely better than some I have read, there was character development that was enjoyable.
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