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Monday, September 6, 2010

Blog Tour Feature: Desires of the Heart by Beverly Taylor


What would you do if you were in jeopardy of losing your man to another woman? Carson and Katharine O’Connor seem on the surface to be perfect people—good looking, successful and God-fearing, but no one could accuse them of being too perfect to be believable.

Katharine spends her life building a home and family until the day Carson leaves her and allows a voluptuous, cunning school counselor, Cindy Lomax, and her disturbed pre-teen daughter, Deanna, to move in with him on a temporary, platonic basis—or so he thinks. Katharine must find her way beyond the past and will stop at nothing to rebuild her marriage, to include having breast and buttock implants in order to compete with Cindy’s striking figure in winning her husband back.

When tragedy strikes, Carson realizes it was pure love that guided him to Katharine. Is it too late for Carson to rectify his mistake with her? Will Cindy’s vengeful tactics prevail? Will Deanna’s criminal intention manifest itself? Will Katharine find the strength to forgive, despite the fiery darts that have been thrown at her?

Desires of the Heart is a story of lost and found faith, learning to love yourself, how one man’s selfish decisions affect and endanger those around him, and a stunning glimpse into how man looks on outward appearance but God looks on the heart.

Desires of the Heart by Beverly Taylor

Review by Tavares S. Carney for Echelon Books

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Katharine and Carson O’Connor’s marriage has hit the bricks in Beverly Jackson’s most recent offering, Desires of the Heart. Will Katharine let go and let God, or will she defer to her own thoughts and feelings and jump into action doing what she thinks is best to save her marriage? Will Carson succumb to his flesh or will he stand firm on his religious beliefs?

Touching upon marital woes of infidelity, pornography, and deception, the author does a good job in weaving a storyline ripe with twists and turns to keep me reading. I wanted to know what happened in the end. Faith plays a major role in both Carson’s and Katharine’s lives. Readers can decide for themselves the levels of faith each character exudes when placed in certain circumstances and faced with life-altering decisions. Supporting characters, Cindy and DeAnna Lomax, lend to the latter theme of deception. Although, Cindy and DeAnna are the antagonists in this selection, I found myself, at times, empathizing with DeAnna because of her age and suffered loss. Cindy on the other hand, using her position and beauty for the wrong things, was quite the conniving one.

The characters in this story each desire something, be it love, money, a mate, or a parental figure. Beverly Taylor tells a story of the lengths people will go to in order to save what is theirs or to get what they want. The themes that stood out mostly for me were learning to love oneself before we can make anyone else happy and giving our cares to God, knowing that He works things out for the good of those who believe in and trust Him.

Review by Tavares S. Carney


Beverly Taylor grew up in the Midwest and attended Jacksonville Theological Seminary where she completed her Bachelor of Religious Arts in Christian Psychology. She is the author of Foolish Virgin, a young adult novel. She is also the Executive Director of Chastity House, a nonprofit residential community care home for disadvantaged teen girls. Visit her online at


  1. I read Desires of the Heart, and had the opportunity, to interview Beverly on my blog talk radio show, the certain ones, it was delightful!