Release Date: June 13, 2016
Sleep, it was luxury I didn’t have.
I could hear it then, in the dark light of night, in the dusky morning…
The click of the trigger, the smell of her blood, the sound of the rain.
I never thought I would see her again.
She was a ghost.
She was dead.
When Maggie Wright pushed her way into my life, she brought the phantom with her, and I was helpless to her pull.
Everything I had, all of it, had been taken from me ten years ago. I had nothing but the shirt on my back, the memories that still burned through my veins, and the regret I drowned in every day.
I am Ryan Hartford…and I have nothing left to lose.
My favourite thing about having read the majority of A.M. Johnson’s books is that every time a new book is announced, I get giddy and excited knowing that whatever the story is, wherever her characters take me, its going to be great. A.M. Johnson challenges herself as a writer, writing what is in her heart and soul, Johnson pushes herself beyond all boundaries and expectations. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Her latest novel, Sacred Hart is no different. In a perfect blend of complexity, depth and honesty, A.M. Johnson’s execution of Ryan Hartford’s story is poignant, genuine, and devastatingly beautiful.
Sacred Hart is filled with hard truths and heavy realities, opening with a gut–wrenching prologue, this story is not for the faint hearted. Delving deep into death, heartache and regret, readers are instantly aware of how broken Ryan Hartford really is. Moving from his hometown, the change in scenery does nothing to dull his heartache. The cloud of darkness hovers and his past threatens to swallow him whole; until he meets Maggie Wright. Wearing her heart on her sleeve Maggie Wright feels connected to Ryan instantly. Watching him walk around with a heavy heart, she pushes her insecurities aside and patiently knocks the wall down from around his heart.
Told in alternate point of views readers become familiar with both Ryan and Maggie. Their past, their present and what they want for their futures are fluently written throughout the chapters. With hearts torn open and emotions running rampant on the pages, Sacred Hart is a captivating depiction of love, loss and redemption. Focusing more on the depth and direction of this journey, instead of the destination, Johnson writes of a love that endures all things. Keeping to a realistic pace readers are immersed in a kaleidoscope of feelings, allowing each highlight of the journey to be felt, deeply; Sacred Hart is a beautiful marriage of hurt and hope.
Once again A.M. Johnson has blown me away. Talented and dedicated, nothing but pure love, blood, sweat and tears shines from within this book. Bringing to life pain and peace, A.M. Johnson uses Ryan Hartford, Maggie Wright and everything else in between to create a memorable and moving tale of second chances. A reminder to live and love, this is a story you don’t want to miss.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Marie Johnson was born and raised in Valrico, Florida. She’s now surrounded by mountains with her husband and three children in Ogden, Utah. She attended Weber State University and graduated with her A.S.N. She is a full-time registered nurse. Reading and writing have always been something she is passionate about. She loves to write about the human experience, love and happily ever afters.