Where the Heart Lives – Reviews and Awards

“What I love about this series is how Purl urges me forward with her rich descriptions of locale, her fascinating characters,and a multilayered story of love, murder, jealousy and deceit. Can it get any better than that? In the case of this novel, the answer is yes. Because in addition to an edge-of-your-seat tale, we’re treated to a novel where the writing is surperb. Think: excellent soap opera written as literary fiction. You’ll find yourself stopping, going back, and reading yet again one of many lovely passages.”
– Victoria Zackheim, author of Exit Laughing and The Other Woman

“Slow down and enjoy! Like life itself, this story takes its time to unfold. Those readers who express disappointment at the lack of a conclusion in the Milford-Haven novels are missing the point – through the ever-developing story lines in these books, we’re treated to real depth in the characters, truly rich descriptions of the surrounding environment and a level of emotional involvement that rivals our own very real lives. This 2nd book in the series is SO much more than the typical romance novel which constitutes what many people consider “women’s fiction” – it’s a joy to savor! I have no doubt that by the end, all questions will be answered – in the meanwhile, just as life is a journey and not a destination, I’m enjoying the pace of THIS journey, which allows me to notice all the details and insights the author so carefully reveals, all in due time!”
– Marilyn Harris, Award-winning Musician & Song-Writer


Winner, Fiction: West — USA Regional Excellence Book Award
Winner, Regional Fiction – Beverly Hills Book Award
Winner, Women’s Fiction – International Book Award
Finalist, Fiction: Romance – USA Book News Best Book Award
Finalist, Fiction: Romance – Indie Excellence Award
Winner, Regional Lit — Southern California Book Award
Winner, Fiction – EVVY Award