Severed Hearts

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Julie Blanton's dream is realized when shy Johnny Michaels all but professes his love. But, when he enlists two days later without so much as a goodbye, her world crashes. Johnny has loved Julie since high school. But before he can muster the courage to ask for a real date, he overhears words that cut to the core. Humiliation drives him to make a rash decision. Will it cost him Julie's love?

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Words: 17,470
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465820792
About Laurean Brooks

Hi there, wonderful readers!

My name is Laurean Brooks, And I LOVE it when a story comes together!

I live in rural northwest Tennessee, a stone's throw from the Kentucky state line. Besides writing, I enjoy singing in the choir, reading, browsing flea markets with hubby, and walking in the woods with my two loveable Labs, Yipper and Riley.

After a fifth grade teacher announced to the class, "Someday, Laurie will become an author," I itched to create spunky, unique characters and outlandish situations--always with humor.

I'll introduce you to charming heroes who live to ignite the tempers of spitfire heroines, and to sassy heroines who are always ladies...though they do frequently choke on their own shoe leather.

You can be assured that all my stories will have a G rating. So snuggle up with your daughter, download a story, and get caught up in a sweet romance. Laugh, cry, relax, and enjoy!

Keep checking back. My shortstory "Jonquils in the Snow" will soon be posted here at Smashwords. I loved writing this one. The words flowed like honey. Hope your reading enjoyment equals mine while writing it.

JOURNEY TO FORGIVENESS, a historical, inspirational romance set in 1938, and released by White Rose Publishing in 2009, is Laurean Brooks' debut novel.


"Can a young woman with a haunted past embrace a future with the charming man who has stolen her heart? But is that all he has stolen?"

Journey To Forgiveness has received 5-star reviews at "You Gotta Read book reviews" and "Review Your"

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Review by: Marilyn on Aug. 15, 2015 :
If you are looking for a quick read this is a great book. I fell in love with the characters, even though at times I wanted to shake them both.

Julie Blanton can't figure out why Johnny Michaels will not ask her out. She knows he drives out of the way to eat at her counter daily and he seams to like her. When she finally does the asking, could this be to good to be true? When they finally realize they both have feelings for each other will she ever understand why he up and disappears? What is God asking her to do? Why is waiting always the hardest.

Johnny Michaels lives on the wrong side of the track. He does not understand how God seams to bless some while others struggle just to get by. When Julie Blanton actually seems in his reach, is it to good to be true? Will his pride keep him from what God has in store or will he learn to trust God and his will?

I was given a copy of this novella from the author for my honest opinion.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Kathy Watts on Feb. 26, 2015 :
What an inspirational story of faith, trust, priorities and true love. The year, 1970, small town America, where Vietnam is a hot topic, the draft is still in effect, family, friends and making an honest living are important. Johnny Michaels comes from a poor family, but they are good, honest hard-working people. Julie Blanton comes from a family that has nicer things and are doing well. Johnny and Julie had one class together in high school, Civics class, but Johnny was a shy young man. When Julie invites Johnny to a church picnic this is the catalyst for their new relationship into dating and falling in love. The reoccurring theme and reminder in this story is, "Who do you put first in your life?" Put God first, family second, friends third and your job last. When we set the correct priorities and God is number one in our life, everything else will fall into place. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeannie Walker on March 23, 2014 :
I admit I like love stories ... This short novel isn’t a scorcher ... it just slowly pulls you in. I think it is a love story with a message: “Don’t let material things come between you and God - Always put God first.” For He knows who holds tomorrow.
As one of my favorite Carpenter’s song goes,”We’ve Only Begun to Live”.
My friends - there is a place where there’s room to grow, with so much of life ahead. I hope each of you enjoys life to the fullest and watch the signs along the way.
I also hope you will shout a big hello to Lauren ... read her work and then write a review for her. She has some charming heroes and spitfire, sassy heroines in her “G” rated stories.

Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Donna Basinow on Sep. 23, 2011 :
What a lovely story! Severed Hearts started a little slow, but once you get a feel for the characters, it grabs you by the heart and just sweeps you along.

The doubts and fears both Julie and Johnny go through are so true of most or our own insecurities. It’s easy to doubt what we feel, what we see, what we think, when we try to guide our own lives without God to lead us.

The message here is sweet and clear and God’s love shines through it all.

Very nice, Ms. Brooks. I very much enjoyed Severed Hearts!
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

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