Review: Heart of the Hurricane by May Woodworth

Heart of the Hurricane by May Woodworth
Release Date: June 28, 2014
Publisher: Big World Network
Pages: 297
Source: Book provided by author for review



Past and Present collide when Niki retreats to a cottage in Nova Scotia that she inherited from her grandmother Eliza and great aunt Joanna. After a recent divorce, with her teenage daughter Melissa in tow, Niki struggles with decisions of what to do next and whether or not an entire career change is in order. At the cottage, she discovers her grandmother’s diary and is whisked back into the past, into Eliza and Joanna’s world during the Great August Gales of Nova Scotia, casting a light on her own life she never saw coming.


Review:  The discovery of a family journal ties the past and present together in May Woodworth’s Heart of the Hurricane.

It’s a story featuring young love, old love and same sex love centered around the Neely family. The author switches between past and present as the journal is read, but the transitions are smooth and natural.

Although the story’s premise seemed to be interesting, there were too many story threads and not enough development. Falls from a cliff, a potential baby swap and ghostly sightings are only a few of the topics covered.

I also had some reservations about the relationship between Eliza and Joanna. Given that they lived in a small village, I am surprised that they weren’t more concerned about public scrutiny.

The author warns the reader at the beginning that the story is one of loss, but also of hope. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make a solid connection with the characters. I had thought the storyline would focus more on the aftermath of the Great August Gales, but it didn’t quite work out that way.