What the Heart Knows

The best-selling Novel One of the Milford-Haven Saga

“. . . a setting of unadulterated beauty. . .and a cast of successful, sexy, sometimes quirkily independent characters . . .romance. . .scandal, and carefully parsed out mystery. . . the novel is poised to convince readers to continue with the series.”Publishers Weekly

“Former Days of Our Lives actress Purl imbues her soap opera finesse into the fictional setting of Milford-Haven . . . . This may be Apple Pie, USA, but hearts are on the line . . . a whirlwind of juicy drama.”Kirkus Review

What the Heart Knows is an upbeat novel, billed by the author as “small town fiction,” and the first book of Purl’s Milford-Haven series. The book opens powerfully with the appearance of the first of many strongly developed characters . . . well-traveled, educated, and street-smart. . . . Purl . . . creates genuine relationships that make sense within the story; each character has a clear set of goals and morals, all served up through dialogue and inner thought processes. ForeWord Reviews

The charming coastal town of Milford-Haven, California comes to life in Mara Purl’s enchanting novel What the Heart Knows. Based on her award-winning BBC radio drama, this is the first serial novel in a set of twelve that invites readers to experience a slice of the mystery and romance that is life in Milford-Haven. Although the picturesque, seaside setting of Milford-Haven plays in important role in the novel, the cast of interesting and eccentric characters is what really draws the reader into the book. Bookwire Review