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Staci Stallings’ Deep in the Heart

Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayer and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?

Keith Ayer despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayer and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?


I will be honest and say the fact that this book had over 500 reviews made me download it. I was hesitant due to the cowboy nature of the book. Here’s my thoughts:

What I liked:

The premise. The poor nanny. The rich son. It never gets old.

The slow romance. Keith and Maggie become friends. I would have to say that this book is not plot driven, it’s character driven and I loved every minute of watching Keith and Maggie get to know each other.

There’s a bit of a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.

Spiritually, Maggie prays and seeks the Lord throughout the book. I enjoyed watching Keith slowly get to know the Lord. I liked that Keith wasn’t so antagonist against the things of God even though he wasn’t saved.

What I didn’t like:

The book did get a slow towards the end and I skimmed a bit.

Money. Keith’s fiance is a bit one note in the sense that she comes across as having a love for money. And this is contrasted against Maggie who thinks shopping at Wal-Mart is like going to Disney World. When Maggie was asked what she would do if she had money, she essentially says give it all away and/or spend it on others. That’s nice. But I found myself more in line with the fiance. We both like nice things, we both chose careers for money and the prestige and namebrands are our friends. I just could not understand Maggie. I, personally, think you can serve others and still have a Kate Spade bag too. That poverty/martyr thinking that Maggie had made me roll my eyes  and I couldn’t relate to that at all.

Romantic scale: 8

Overall, a very cute romance novel.

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