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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Two Hearts Unspoken is a contemporary military romance written by Tamara Ferguson. Beth didn’t know quite what to say when Jim finally proposed to her. Ever since Diamont Motors, her employer, announced that they’d be shutting down the Bloomington, Illinois plant, she had begun planning on a move to Crystal Rock, Wisconsin. She had family there and had even purchased a 4-storey Victorian on the lake. Leaving had seemed the easiest way to end things with Jim. He had never really warmed to Kyle, her twenty-year-old autistic son, and his plans for their married life didn’t include Kyle at all. Beth was excited about the vocational program Kyle would be participating in at Crystal Visions, and she couldn’t wait to finally see the house her cousin Cal had purchased on her behalf. When she and Kyle finally made the drive to their new hometown, they were a bit early for their appointment with Cal, so she took Kyle for a walk on Dragonfly Pointe Beach. She loved the beach and remembered the endless summers she had spent there. She was relieved to find that Kyle was relaxed and having a grand time as well, that is, until she realized he had tackled a man who had been walking his dog along the lake. When she ran up to see if he was okay, Beth was stunned by the effect the man, who introduced himself as Zach, was having on her. For his part, he was feeling just about the same.
Tamara Ferguson’s contemporary military romance novella, Two Hearts Unspoken, is a moving and beautifully written story about a romance between a wounded veteran and the mother of an autistic son, who have both moved to Crystal Rock for healing and a fresh start. I enjoyed seeing how the two of them felt that instant attraction despite the misgivings and insecurities each of them had, and loved seeing how their relationship grew. While this novella is categorized as a romance, it deals with two important and serious issues, namely the rehabilitation of veterans who bear both physical and mental scars from their tours of duty, and the lack of sufficient vocational opportunities for young people with autism, who all too often are shunted away into institutions instead of being surrounded by family. Two Hearts Unspoken is well-plotted and fits marvelously within the author's Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series. I had a grand time reading Two Hearts Unspoken and most highly recommend it.