The Hearts Discovery by Amy McGuire
I was half expecting a typical YA romance, but the fact that this was a trilogy in the making had me intrigued. Whereas this type of material is usually hard pushed to fill one novel substantially, Amy McGuire has created a classic romance that just grows on you from the very first chapter.
As far as romance stories go, in my opinion The Hearts Desire has more depth than the classic Romeo and Juliet. They only had each other to worry about and it all seems a little flat compared to Amy McGuire’s romance with all its complex relationships.
There are more characters involved, more drama, more difficult choices to be made and agonised over. In short, it leaves you eager to read the sequel Worlds Apart.
Worlds Apart is the second book in the Hope Valley Trilogy, where the romance between Anjaline and Gabriel struggles to continue, despite their being so far apart.
The clear distinction between their locations is well written. The reader shares the experience of being in two very different worlds, exploring all the facets of this long distance relationship.
But complications inevitably arise when they each meet many new interesting and attractive people, subjecting them to temptation and despair. They are young and inexperienced, quite unprepared for the complicated jealousies that tend to grow out of uncertainty.
They discover that writing letters in substitute for what they had shared, and that time has a way of dimming reality, making them doubt what they had and if in fact it was real. Will they continue to drift apart as the years pass, or is their romance doomed to die? Will they ever meet again?
You desperately want them to, for despite all the twists and turns that life has thrown at them, you have the feeling they are meant to be together.
The title of the last part of the trilogy Dreams Come True might lead you to believe that they do, but maybe not.
For this trilogy is not just about Anjaline and Gabriel. There are a wealth of complicated relationships in these books and each and every one of them deserves a happy ending. But because of the complex romantic tangle that Amy McGuire has so cleverly devised you know this will not be the case for everyone…