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Book Title: The Heart Listens|
The author of the book: Helen Van Slyke
ISBN 13: 9780446313919
Edition: Warner Books (NY)
Date of issue: July 1st 1986
Format files: PDF
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During the 1970s and early 1980s Helen Van Slyke carved a nice successful niche for herself with the contemporary 'woman's novel,' a niche she shared with another novelist who's virtually unknown today, Cynthia Freeman. Also appearing on bookstore shelves around this same time was Danielle Steel, who really began taking off by the end of the decade and who, since she's still alive and writing, has had the enduring career. Van Slyke hit her stride with her third novel. THE HEART LISTENS, a 1973 novel that eventually achieved bestsellerdom in paperback via word-of-mouth and necessitating a sequel, THE MIXED BLESSING. For the remainder of the 1970s Van Slyke produced several bestsellers, and died shortly after signing a lucrative contract for several new novels, one of which was completed after her death by another writer. And by the mid-80s her books began going out-of-print (this was almost exactly the same fate that Freeman and her books met with as well - huge popularity, the author's death, and oblivion).
Someone should reissue some of Van Slyke's novels, particularly THE HEART LISTENS. In my late teens I wasn't above reading what might be considered "women's fiction," (I also read Taylor Caldwell and Susan Howatch at this time, as well as - gasp! - Victoria Holt, authors that today's male in his late teens would obviously avoid like the plague) and the popularity of THE HEART LISTENS piqued my interest. All these years later I recall it as an engrossing novel, and especially recall staying up late one night, bleary-eyed, trying to finish it. But although sleep won out, I remember waking up the next morning and, first thing, reaching for that book to finish it!
The reason I've posted this is because I'm thinking of re-reading THE HEART LISTENS, thinking about it seriously enough that I've taken it down from the shelf.
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