True Heart

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She would have given anything to be like the other Volsung girls; tall and fair. Her nickname, "Mouse" said it all. She was small and dark-haired, but the name did not hint at her noble nature.

"True Heart" is the story of a young woman learning that her worth is not found in a man's superficial judgment of beauty, but in courage and character. More

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About Frank Altobelli

A bit about me; I'm Frank and I live in Elgin Texas with my wife and 3 of my 4 daughters, my oldest is away at college. I work in Austin as a software engineer. I enjoy working with our church youth group and of-course, writing.

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Review by: ken san on July 23, 2011 :
Don't let the cheap cover art fool you! (sorry, but that cover is the only part i hate about this book) This book is teen-YA fantasy at it's best!
The story is intricate enough to be classed as a proper epic fantasy, yet it's simple and light-hearted enough to be a nice, feel-good read. Perfect for days when life gets too complicated to be blustered by dark-themed epic-fantasy novels that are more common nowadays.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: RAVENSWOOD PUBLISHING on July 6, 2011 :

This book was wonderful! It had the perfect amount of fantasy and adventure along with a love story that was sweet and unexpected. Mouse, the heroine of the novel is almost sprite-like in her mannerisms and you can tell she has a heart of gold. When she decides to leave her home rather than be given in marriage to a man she does not want or love she realized that the one she does care for has no feelings of the sort for her. All at once heart-breaking and yet insightful she realizes that her true love is a man she had never met before. Taking them on an adventure while leading them to their destination she finds her own destiny and learns things about herself that she never knew.

This book is written with the imagination of a man that still seems to have a little of the young boy left in him. Frank Altobelli is a virtuoso at writing YA fantasy and I know we'll see more of him in the near future.

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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(reviewed 57 days after purchase)
Review by: Mary Daugherty on May 20, 2011 :
Meet Mouse, but don’t under-estimate her. She is a small, dark-haired Volsung girl with a bow and arrow and she knows how to use it. This little girl it full of strength and courage. She is a heroine that readers will not soon forget.

As her love for a young man, Brandt grows, Mouse must find a way to get him to see her as wife material but life intervenes. Brandt and Mouse meet three odd characters while out hunting in the Holberth Forest and Mouse’s courage will be tested to the limit as she decides to be their escort across the mountains to the Seamly Court. But the home of the Fae is on a path leads through the cursed city of Kadem and the heart of dreaded Az-Aziel’s forest realm.

“‘True Heart’ is the story of a young woman learning that her worth is not found in a man’s superficial judgment of beauty, but in courage and character.” (Frank Altobelli) Reminiscent of Tolkien’s works, Altobelli weaves a story of a magical land and creative characters. All the characters were well developed and scene descriptions were wonderfully vivid. Although, I found that it took me a while to read the story, every minute was worth it to get every rich detail.

A wonderful story for young adult and adults too.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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