Michele Wallace Campanelli
While typically associated with extraordinary bravery or valor, “Hero Of Her Heart” redefines “hero” to encompass a broader concept. Here, a hero is not solely defined by physical strength or superhuman abilities but by the depth of character, capacity for selflessness, and ability to inspire and positively impact the lives of others. Jono Haze, the central male character, represents this definition. His courage extends beyond the physical realm as he becomes a beacon of hope, support, and unwavering love for those around him. Through his actions, Jono exemplifies the true essence of a hero—a person who possesses inner strength, compassion, and the ability to uplift and change the lives of those they touch.
Michele Wallace Campanelli’s novel tells the story of Angel Frederick and Jono Haze, two individuals from different worlds whose lives intersect meaningfully. Angel, a rising music star, is drawn to Jono, a charismatic cowboy with a heart of gold. As their connection deepens, they face personal challenges and confront their feelings. The story takes place against the backdrop of a picturesque ranch in Colorado, where love, forgiveness, and self-discovery take center stage. A few lines offer glimpses into its emotional depths: Angel, yearning for a few precious moments with Jono, expresses her longing, “Just one more minute until I can talk to Jono.” And Jono’s steadfast commitment to Angel shines through his words, “I will be patient, Angel. I know how I feel about you.”
As the story unfolds, we witness their intense and evolving relationship, struggles with personal demons, and determination to overcome obstacles in their path—an emotionally rich journey of the nature of relationships and the healing power of second chances.
Campanelli’s writing depicts the path of forgiveness and redemption, showing that love and understanding can heal even the deepest wounds. Through the characters of Angel and Jono, the author teaches us that true strength lies not only in physical acts of heroism but also in the ability to forgive and find love in unexpected places. “Love is patient; love is kind. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger, neither does it brood over injuries.”
“Hero Of Her Heart” will delight readers with its fervent romance. If you’re looking for a novel that explores the complexities of the human heart, this one will enthrall you from the first page to the last.
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024