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Two From the Heart

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  4,084 ratings  ·  489 reviews
From the #1 bestselling author of Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and Sundays at Tiffany's, two heartwarming tales about the power of a good story to open our eyes to life's possibilities.

Anne McWilliams has lost everything. After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home she realizes that her life has fallen out of focus. So she takes to the road to ask long
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 10th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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Matt
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
It remains a gamble when a reader picks up something by James Patterson. Will it be a decent read or something that has been cobbled together to make a little pocket change? This pair of short stories seems to show some of Patterson's great work and warms the heart in that sentimental and calming way.

Tell Me Your Best Story (with Emily Raymond):
Anne McWilliams has chosen to isolate herself on a sparsely populated island around North Carolina after a messy divorce. When a tropical storm hits, it
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Christy Hagen Clements
I miss the days when James Patterson would sit down (by himself) and write a great story outside of his typical genre like Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and Sam's Letters to Jennifer. I assumed this was similar to those given the premise. This book was split into two individual stories, the second of which I didn't care for at all. The first story was a decent concept that could have created an entire novel on it's own had some extra thought and time gone into the writing. As it stands, this was ...more
Laura Rash
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. Two different books in one that are completely different. I did enjoy the first one more but the 2nd was still good. A breezy quick read that settled my brain a lil bit like I took a break from the real world.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I didn't realize when I started this that it was really two short stories in one, not a whole book, which is okay, just not quite what I wanted it to be. Definitely not one of his better books.
Kim
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not great - don't waste your time
Carol Irvin
2 and 1/2 stars- 2 stories in 1 book- quick read.
Jillian Stein
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two From The Heart is two very different short stories; both I really enjoyed.

The first story follows a woman trying to rebuild her life from a new divorce. That journey is further complicated when her home is ruined by a hurricane. Talk about adding insult to injury! But all of that leads her on a road to a self discovery she would have missed out on if those two tragedies hadn't happened. She heads out on the road and meets some incredible people and has some life-changing experiences. I reall
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Aaron
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an uneven collection of two novellas that really explore how stories can help change our take on life. As the first story, "Tell Me Your Best Story," starts Anne McWilliams finds herself an a second life-altering event in a short period of time. She recently moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina after finding out her fiance had been cheating on her, and now a minor hurricane is racing through the area. Unfortunately, it destroys her new home. With nowhere to live, Anne finds herself ...more
Francy
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first story is good the second one not so much.
Dawn
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: James Patterson fans.
Recommended to Dawn by: My Mom.
If this book would have only been about the second story, I would have only rated this book 3 stars, but I really enjoyed the first story and that is why I will give this 4 stars. James Patterson books are a "hit or miss" for me.
Jessica
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Two From the Heart is made up two novellas: Tell Me Your Best Story and Write Me a Life. They were both decent stories but for me something was missing. It was a quick read at just five discs for the audiobook. There is a theme explored for both novellas: How stories can shape our life in one form or another.

Tell Me Your Best Story:

Anne McWilliams is our protagonist and she has dealt with two life changing events in a
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Anna
Two so-so novellas, the first better than the second. With a little more development there was potential for better stories, but they both seemed to be rather unbelievable with abrupt endings.
2.5 stars rounded to 3
Carol
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a short novella or two Book Shots in Patterson terms/language. A woman is going through a divorce, and loses everything she owns due to a tropical storm, so she decides to take off and set up housekeeping on an island after a terrible tropical storm destroys everything she owns. It's an okay story and reads fairly well. Anne McWilliams has lost everything. After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home she realizes that her life has fallen out of focus. So she take ...more
Ariana
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't too impressed with this book. I finished it, but felt like it was a waste of my time. I didn't even realize it was two short stories until the title page for the second book popped up. Very disappointing.
Jennifer Brown
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two stories mixed in this one and I didn't enjoy either one. The first one was a little more interesting than the second, but it still sucked. Not my cup of tea!
Theresa Smith
Despite the fact that James Patterson is "one of the best known and biggest-selling writers of all time", this is the first book of his I've ever read. At least, it's the first book of his I've attempted to read. I make this distinction because I couldn't finish it. Split into two novellas, I read the first last night and enjoyed it well enough. I picked it up again this evening to read the second one and within two pages, I was already experiencing disbelief. Within ten, I closed the book. I ha ...more
Donna Hines
One character seems to have lost it all with nothing left to hold onto while the other seems to have it all but is living to work not living to live.
It seems unfair that after giving her all Anne finds she's at the bottom having lost her home, her husband (darn Claire - a hurricane and a mistress) and oh dare I say she lost her sense of self in the process.
Anne now forges ahead to ask "What's your best story" to complete strangers and past friends and the answers may just surprise her.
She uncove
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Lynda Carter
May 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tried-to-read
I did not know the format of this book by James Patterson and some other authors.
It is really 2 stories. The first one was okay. The second one, I could not get into.
There were 5 CDS - the first story comes to an abrupt halt about Track 7 on the 3rd CD.

The first is a story about a character, Anne McWilliams. I was "reading" through the audio CD.
The reader was female and a good reader. The premise of the story was actually a good one. A young female decides to travel the country and write a book
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Kay
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fiction, dnf
I got nothing from this book. I've listened to it for 36 minutes and it was boring. I don't know if it was the co-author or narrator or me.

I like many of Patterson's books but he just put out too many books (with co-writers) and some are just blah.
Barb Lie
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two From the Heart by James Patterson is a different type of read for me from Patterson. This is two different stories written by Patterson and other co writers. The stories revolve around two people who either had drastic life changes or someone who has everything but a life. These are separate stories which have nothing to do with each other.

In the first story Anne McWilliams is currently living on an island when a hurricane hits causing her to lose her house and her beloved camera dark room a
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Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
This book is divided into two short stories. The first is about Anne McWilliams. She lives on the beach in North Carolina, where she has lived for the past few years following a divorce from her husband. She is an old school photographer, so when a hurricane moves through and takes out half of her house that includes her darkroom, she is beyond devastated. Instead of dealing with the mess, she decides to travel the country and take new pictures and hear the stories of the people that go with tho ...more
Eileen
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two stories in this book - Tell me your best story and --then---2nd story, Write me a life.

In the first story Anne has a hurricane destroy her home. She THEN---- take off on a cross country trip to find people she has not seen for awhile, long lost friends, family and even strangers. She wants to write a story and uses the answers from these people to help her find what she has been missing.
It is an ok ---story, but not really much substance to it.
In the second story, a rich young man, Tyler has
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Janie Johnson
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I just love the contemporary novels by James Patterson and his Co-authors. I have yet to be disappointed. I just feel like most of the time I can relate to the people he so brilliantly writes in. I can just immerse myself into the story like I am actually there with them. And I absolutely love that feeling.

In this book there are 2 separate stories with such great characters, and brilliant storylines. Story one is the tale of Anne McWilliams who had a broken marriage, turned to photography and t
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Shari Wiemer
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a major disappointment. I didn't realize until after I got it that it was James Patterson "WITH" other authors. What a sham!!! He's attaching his name to some mediocre authors in order to sell more books. The first chapter or two was excellent writing (probably Patterson's!!) and then it turned to crap soon after. Then halfway through the book, it was done. Somehow I had missed the fact that this was TWO crappy mini-novels mashed together. I'm sure this is a profitable scheme for a ...more
Ginger
When am I going to learn to pass up on a James Patterson book with co-authors I've never heard of? This book contains two stories:
1) Tell Me Your Best Story
2) Write Me A Life
Neither story was all that great, but if I had to choose the better of the two, I'd go with Tell Me Your Best Story. Very disappointed.
Mercedes
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story. After reading mysteries that involved murders, accidents, deaths and betrayal this was a refreshing, light hearted story that had a happy ending. If you need lifted, this is your book.
Aims
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Formulaic and totally cheesy, but that was exactly what I expected. Of the two short novellas, the first one was definitely my favorite by leaps and bounds. All in all, a cutesy Hallmark movie in book form, excellent as a palate cleanser.
Wendy
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two short stories for an easy read. Nothing out of this world, but enjoyable :)
Tina
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two great stories. Didn't realize at first that they would be more short stories (my own fault for not paying attention and excited it was a new James Patterson book!!). Love both. The only thing that I truly do not like about the short stories is I feel that he could always continue and it be a full novel! As always makes you think outside of the box! Great quick read!
Mary Kay
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good romance. Very predictable but a nice light read for the summer.
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