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The Hollow Heart

(The Heartfelt Series #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Marianne Coltrane is a feisty, award-winning journalist who is far from lucky in love. Taking herself off to the wilds of the west of Ireland to recuperate, she literally runs into Ryan O'Gorman, the most conceited, infuriating man in the world.
He's an actor who's just landed the biggest role in movie history and he loathes journalists. One thing they do have in common is
Kindle Edition, 439 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by The New Romantics4; 1 edition (first published October 29th 2012)
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Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book,which has a lot more to it than the average romance novel. Spanning the worlds of investigative journalism, the glitz of Hollywood and the rough and rugged coastal islands of Ireland, it is a book you can really get yourself lost in. There is the romance in the novel, and also a lot of drama, heartache and trauma but you will be wiping a tear away one minute and smiling the next.

The characters are very well rounded, they grow as the book progresses and dialogue is
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marianne Coltrane is an award-winning journalist with tragedy in her past but a seemingly glittering future ahead. She meets dependable MP George at an awards ceremony and life seems settled and happy. However, some twists and turns throw Marianne’s life into turmoil and she eventually travels to a small Irish island hoping to find some peace. Here she meets some wonderful characters and makes some wonderful friends. She also falls for a gorgeous film star - also trying to find some peace in Inn ...more
Rosie Amber
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Hollow Heart is the first book in the Heartfelt series. It features reporter Marianne Coltrane and begins with her work at the Chesterford Chronicle where her latest scoop uncovers the illegal sale of babies from a refuge for single pregnant women. Once the story breaks Marianne finds herself being awarded Journalist of the Year for her stolen babies expose.

It's at the awards she meets dependable George Brownlow MP. With a twist, destiny plunges Marianne through a series of cruel disasters a
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
How gorgeous was this book? The story is just wonderful, moving from the cut-throat world of investigative journalism, through glamour, glitz and mayhem,and on to the perfectly-drawn setting of Innishmahon, where it continues as a very moving love story with an uncertain outcome and a gripping tale of the lives of a cast of characters I really took to my heart. At the story’s centre is Marianne – it took me a while to get totally on her side, but I grew to love her, and her day to day struggles ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Hollow Heart is a tempestuous, erotic love story about a complicated couple.  Marianne's previous relationships have resulted in disaster and tragedy and her own upbringing has made her the caring, campaigning journalist who has no truck with unethical, obtrusive probing into private lives. Thus this story is more than a simple romance.  Other characters, such as Oonagh, a flamboyant, fun-loving landlady desperate to have a child, capture our heart and the Irish village of Innishmahon become ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sure sign of a great read is when you're so happy there's a sequel! The Hollow Heart is Marianne Coltrane's story, set primarily in the West of Ireland which made it even more special for me. It's a story of multiple tales - challenges, love, betrayal, vulnerability, friendship, tragedy and ultimately hopefully triumph in the face of it all. Marianne's start in life is unknown which makes her journey a powerful one. Her journalistic background provides a welcome angle, told from both sides of ...more
Cathy Ryan
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
We first meet Marianne Coltrane, investigative journalist for the Chesterfield Chronicle, as she confronts Sister Mary May about the illegal sale and adoption of children from the women’s refuge she runs. Marianne’s work and resulting article earns her a nomination for Journalist of the Year.

At the National Media Awards Marianne eventually meets George Brownlow, the new Chesterfield MP, after an unsuccessful attempt at an interview. She and George hit it off and a relationship develops. But
Sharon Booth
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this novel. The story of Marianne Coltrane, a campaigning journalist, is gripping from the start. The author really puts her heroine through the mill and the story is action-packed, full of twists and turns, tugging at the emotions from the beginning to the end.
The plot is rich and eventful but the characters are what makes this novel stand out. Marianne, whose life is filled with drama from the day she is born, is a very worthy heroine. Courageous, strong and compassionate, she i
Nikki Bywater
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Marianne Coltrane is an award winning, investigative journalist. She uses her journalist skills to do good, to campaign for justice and to expose wrong doing wherever and whenever she can.

When Marianne goes through a series of tragic events in her personal life, in a short space of time, she decides to take a break from work and to go to recuperate and reflect to the west of Ireland to the quiet remote Island of Innishmahon.

But the peace and quiet she is looking for in Innishmahon is soon shatte
Sarah Houldcroft
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was one of those that once you start, you just have to keep going, so when you buy it make sure you leave yourself a good clear weekend to just read!

This book is full of interesting, vibrant and unusual characters who you very quickly feel that you 'know'. What happens to them and what their future holds matters to you and The Hollow Heart is one of those books that carries on in your head long after the last page.

Most of the book takes place in Ireland in a little village
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where better for Adrienne Vaughan to set a romance filled with drama than the remote, windswept isle of Innishmahon off the West Coast of Ireland, the childhood home of investigative journalist, Marianne Coltrane. The place Marianne retreats to, to rest and heal. Successful in her career life, matters of the heart are a different story for Marianne, until a chance encounter with Ryan O’Gorman forces her to question exactly what she wants from life – and him.

The village setting and colourful arra
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I hit lucky when I picked this book up for free on the kindle in March. Marianne is a journalist whose heart is broken by the two men she loved in the past. In a job that is demanding more than she can give and following an event that shook her up ,she moves to an island in the West of Ireland where she has always felt at home. There she meets colourful characters that warm her heart and soul and also has a chance meeting with Ryan. Ryan is an actor whose career has taken off, it is not the firs ...more
Anne Harvey
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a rich full-bodied read from debut novelist, Adrienne Vaughan and I loved it. After losing her fiance tragically and being involved in a terrorist attack, Marianne Coltrane retreats to a small island off the West Coast of Ireland. There she becomes involved in the colourful lives of the residents and more than once, comes into conflict with Ryan O'Gorman, the charismatic actor. To find out how the island's problems and the love between Marianne and Ryan are resolved, you need to read th ...more
Luccia Gray
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pleasant read with engaging characters

The story is told mainly from Marianne's pov and focuses on the many challenging events she has to face. She moves to a small island off the coast of Ireland in search of peace and recovery, and finds love, heartache, and more ups and downs as the plot thickens. It was a pleasant read with engaging characters and a beautifully described setting.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Marianne Coltrane is the main character in The Hallow Heart. We join Marianne in a journey that brings her through the challenges of career change , relocation to an Irish Island , love, loss and then love and loss again. Along the way in this very lively novel the author has introduced many twists and turns to keep you guessing , laughing and shedding the occasional tear until the very last page.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a Kindle Freebie. It drew me in quickly. The characters to me were well drawn - people you could relate to. There were some twists and turns and a few suprises in what the characters did. I will definately look for the next book in the series to see how the characters are faring. Parts definately brought tears to my eyes!
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice surprise .. I really liked this book. While slow at times, it had enough twists to be interesting. Set mainly in Ireland it contained romance, sadness, friendship, and an interesting group of characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was actually a very good read.The writing style can make it difficult to get into it, as there is not much dialogue and the POV changes can be abrupt,but if you give it a chance you will be glad you did.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
loved this book, it makes you cry and smile all at the same time. will definitely be purchasing the next installment
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
this book hits you over the head with over-the-top drama at first, but it eventually smooths out.
Regina A Fontaine
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read....

I had this book for awhile and finally got the chance to read it, why did I wait so long? I usually don't read contemporary but this one is really good, a strong female lead journalist and a male actor. Looking forward to book two.
Christine C
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm halfway through the book, and at this point I don't care if I finish it or not. So MUCH drama and disaster happens that it's become boring. The story is narration-heavy and dialogue-light, and told in such a way that I've developed no attachment to the main characters at all. Marianne is supposed to be much older than her friend Paul but the only way we know that is from a few snippets of conversation. Her thoughts and behavior is more like an impetuous 20-something girl.

I usually become so
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic story!
Début novel by the lovely Adrienne Vaughan, it will keep you glued to the book until you've finished it.
All the ingredients of romance are there, but they are mixed in a most surprising and pleasantly unusual way.
Don't expect the usual unrequited love, because love is very much requited, here, but self-preservation and self-esteem come first. This is what I liked most about the book, and what I liked most in the leading character, who is a lovely woman with a huge heart
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, chick-lit, dnf, romance
Draggy novel. There's so much going on that I am unable to understand what is really supposed to go on.
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Very promising enjoyed the story but as the book progressed i was lost at times with the writing parts of the story needed developing further and the end was too abrupt even though there's a book 2.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 23, 2015 05:40PM  
Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough audience. As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. It was no surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and ma ...more

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