Where It All Began

Heartbeats, Book 1
Narrated by: Corry Reynolds
Series: Heartbeats Series, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Can a wrong choice have a happy ending?

Sandra Baker thought her life was on the right track until she ended up pregnant. Her boyfriend, not wanting the baby, pushes her to have an abortion.

After the procedure, Sandra's life falls apart, and she turns to alcohol. Her relationship ends, and she struggles to find meaning in her life.

When she meets Henry Dobbs, a strong Christian man, she begins to wonder if God would accept her. Will she tell Henry her darkest secret? And will she ever be able to forgive herself and find healing? 

Find out in this emotional love story.

©2016 Lorana Hoopes (P)2018 Lorana Hoopes

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An amazing story by Lorana Hoopes

An amazing story written by Lorana Hoopes and a good narration done by Corry Reynolds.

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Heartache & love

I was given a copy of this audio book for an honest review. This sweet, christian romance novel is written by Lorana Hoopes & narrated beautifully by Corry Reynolds. Once again, Lorana delivers a dynamic story that tests the characters beliefs and commitments with a few gut punches. I loved listening to the first book in the Heartbeat series.

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beautiful love story

A well written beautifully narrated story.  This engaging storyline is a standalone but gives  great background and insight into the town and characters if the blue moon series. This amazing love story takes you back to where it all began, moving, emotional, romantic and just plain out addicting from beginning to end.  The characters are interesting and well developed with great chemistry. 

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Emotional

I really loved this emotional and heartfelt story. The characters were so raw and real and the story was engaging.

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Appropriate topic for a book

Finding yourself pregnant is difficult but more so when the guy wants you to have an abortion. Then there is the guilt when you decide to do what he wants. The woman suffers more than the man since he can just walk away from the situation & forget it all when he decides he doesn't want to be involved with the woman anymore. Since this happens a lot in today's society I think this story very appropriate for both men & women to read. It is very well written & has an HEA. I received a free copy from the author. This is my voluntary opinion.

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Great clean story

This book is wonderful. It tells a story of Sandra who went through an abortion and how it made her feel. It goes futher when later she finds the abortion left her unable to have any children. It is a Christian book so its very clean. Lets you know that God does forgive.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Heart-warming story

Where it All Began is a thought-provoking book in Lorana Hoopes Heartbeats series. And if the rest of the books in the series is as good as this first one, I look forward to reading them. The reader is quickly drawn into the drama of Sandra as she finds she is pregnant, chooses abortion and then lives with the aftermath of grief and guilt. The author seems to have a good handle on the emotions and reactions of an individual (and those around her) who make this choice, making the story realistic and relatable. This is definitely a story of how God can make beauty from ashes which brings hope to each one of us. It is a story of forgiveness and healing that readers who enjoy reading second chance stories will not want to miss Where It All Began. I listened to a complimentary copy of the audiobook and Corry Reynolds does a nice job narrating Sandra's story, making for an enjoyable listening experience. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.

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Great Inspirational Christian Book

Sandra is a fulltime nursing student, living with her boyfriend. She isn't religious. She doesn't go to church. She finds herself pregnant and her boyfriend pushes her to get and abortion. She immediately is sorry and starts having bad dreams and turns to alcohal. After the relationship breaks she meets Henry Dobbs a Christian man. They start dating and she goes to church with him and starts to read the bible. She has discussions with Henry. She never feels she is good enough for God to forgive her because of the abortion. Sandra goes through many trials and finally asks God for forgiveness. She finds peace. This is a great story with believable characters. I love how she brings in how God forgives us if you are sincere. I highly recommend this book.

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Amazing book with difficult issues

This book begins with Sandra becoming pregnant and under the advise of her then boyfriend and best friend, she has an abortion. Her life spirals downhill with guilt, alcohol and nightmares of her baby. It deals with many tragic and difficult situations, but ends with God's redeeming love showing through. Sandra and Henry's journey will bury into your heart. Once I started listening to this book, I did not turn it off.

I would highly recommend this book. The narrative is good, the story is both heart-wrenching and beautiful, God's grace is seen, and the narrator is wonderful. I think this should be required reading for late-teens!

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Sweet Christian Romance

This story touches on the effect abortion had on Sandra's life. Everything seemed to fall apart! DrInking , nightmares. Until Henry came into her life. He showed her compassion, love and God's love. Henry showing and teaching her how Gods love is always in his heart..How God will forgive. A loving story between Man, woman, and letting God lead in their lives. A beautiful story of love by Lorana Hoopes and the narration was superb by Corry Reynolds. I was gifted the audio book and offered my honest review.