The Secret Heart (Mended Vessels series Book 3)

The Secret Heart (Mended Vessels series Book 3)

After a whirlwind romance, beautiful Shawna Moore marries Hunter Wilson, the governor of Tennessee. Now, she wonders if the governor ever loved her or only hoped to avoid a scandal.

In this modern re-imagining of the biblical story of Bathsheba and King David, an investigative reporter is asking questions—the wedding took place only six weeks following the death of Shawna’s first husband in Iraq. If he discovers the truth about Shawna’s baby, Hunter’s chances for reelection, as well as Shawna’s reputation, will be ruined.

But keeping their secret is destroying their marriage.

Will Hunter’s choice mean the end of his political career or his family?

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About the Book

Celebrity Marriage, Secrets, & Innuendo

Marie Wells Coutu’s newest novel, The Secret Heart, is loosely based on the lives of Bathsheba and David and is the third book in her Mended Vessels series. All the books in the series are contemporary re-imaginings of the stories of strong biblical women such as Esther and the woman at the well. This one is my favorite! Secret is definitely the key word in this story!

Coutu has a beautiful way of revealing character through relationships. The main character, Shawna, is the second wife of the Governor of Tennessee. If that wasn’t hard enough, the Governor’s late wife’s mother lives with them and cares for his children. Can you imagine? Talk about fireworks!

But the real drama is between the power couple themselves. Ambition and guilt are lonely bedfellows and Coutu unravels and re-tangles their marriage with each disappointment. Can it survive all the secrets and scandal? I’ll never tell, but you’ll love getting to know the real Shawna and Hunter.


Series: Mended Vessels Series, Book 3
Genre: Inspirational
Publisher: Write Integrity Press
Publication Year: Feb. 21, 2017
Length: Novel
ISBN: 9781944120061
List Price: 14
really enjoyed reading this book. Thought the character development was great and could relate to the real life difficulties of relationships and the interaction of the characters. Will be reading the others also.
– Edythe M. Jones
I just finished reading Marie Wells Coutu’s The Secret Heart, book three of the Mended Vessels Series. It is definitely my favorite of the series, a page-turner! I drove my husband crazy with my gasping and groaning while reading the part where Cooper “goes out on a limb!” It is so contemporary as far as politics and the media, like news of today. I enjoyed watching the family dynamics evolve for the better. A really good Christian fiction book. Keep your books coming!
– Mary Jo Gulbranson
This story grabs you from the first few pages. Marie Wells Contu's characters are wrapped in faith which blossoms as the story progresses, and flawed, like we humans. I enjoyed getting peeks inside a Governor's daily life, and how it affects a family. This is the first book I've read from the series. It can be a stand alone read. It's made me curious about the others in the series, so you'll most likely need them too.
– Kindle Customer
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About the Author
Marie Wells Coutu

Award-winning author Marie Wells Coutu writes novels about broken people being restored. After a career writing for newspapers, magazines, governments, and nonprofits, she returned to her first love—writing fiction—at the age of fifty-five. Her debut novel, For Such a Moment, won the Books of Hope contest. Thirsting for More, the second book in the Mended Vessels series, was a finalist in the Selah Awards and a semi-finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Since retiring from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, she and her husband have divided their time between Florida and Iowa, where they can be closer to their two children and four grandchildren.

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