A Crowded Heart


ISBN: 9781629013138

Format: Paperback

Pages: 174

Trim: 6 x 9

Website: https://andreamckenzieraine.com

Aerio Link: https://aerbook.com/maker/productcard-2630240-2041.html

Categories: Fiction

Willis Hancocks is a bright, ambitious young man who wants to break out of his small-town existence and make a difference in the world. When WWII breaks out, he rushes to enlist, despite his parents’ disapproval. As the world falls apart, Willis finds a way to forge through and finds solace in an incomparable friendship and a surprising, brief encounter with a love that takes hold and eventually threatens to jeopardize the life he strives to build while battling his post-war demons. While Willis is set on building a new world for himself with a single-minded goal for personal success-a lucrative, purposeful, easy lifestyle-obstacles are continuously thrown in his path, and he must embrace, overcome, or dodge them entirely. In the course of the choices he makes, and the destiny that is chosen for him, he unwittingly drags the people who are closest to him down into the darkness.

3 reviews for A Crowded Heart

  1. Carol Meyer

    Excellent I couldn’t put it down.
    I am an avid reader and know a well written book within the first few pages
    I found this book an easy read yet with profound deep thoughts as people are never simple!
    It was also very enlightening as it helped explain the characters in the now sequel which I had read previously, Turnstiles –
    Andrea has captured human emotion and turmoil – how we can be our own worst enemy
    -I could relate so much to my mom and dads relationship as he too suffered from the effects of WW2
    and in turn the family suffered emotionally and physically as the result of this horrible War in which a young 18 Year old boy was thrown into totally unprepared and no help given to deal with the trauma after
    Her characters are so human.
    So well written !
    Bravo Andrea!

  2. Linda Rogers

    A Crowded heart is a beautiful character study of a traumatised survivor of mid century war, but beyond that it resonates in the trauma affecting our ability to empathise in critical times where family and world conflict is conflating at an alarming rate. What they used to call shell shock is now a global condition. In telling one story, Raine opens the door to conversation about what it means to be human.

  3. Book Life

    Willis, a Canadian soldier during WWII, is smitten with Ellie while on leave. They are married too soon after the war is over, given the survivor’s guilt haunting Willis. Raine’s novel is skillfully written, though some of the subplots tend to meander longer than needed. The characters are well crafted, and the most interesting and thought-provoking feature of the work is the transformation of Willis from a sympathetic character to one whose narcissism erases any regard readers may have felt for him.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *