“Whispers of the Heart” by Yvette Toopi“Whispers of the Heart” by Yvette Toopi https://www.readerviewskids.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/WhispersoftheHeart-683x1024.jpg 683 1024 Reader Views Kids Reader Views Kids https://www.readerviewskids.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/WhispersoftheHeart-683x1024.jpg
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Whispers of the Heart
Independently published (2023)
Reviewed by Diana Coyle for Reader Views (11/2023)
Jasmine Cole works at Ross Arnold and Partners as a Junior Financial Partner and things seem to be falling into place for her in “Whispers of the Heart” by Yvette Toopi. Every day she takes lunch at a nearby café where she sits at one of the high tables and people-watches. Today, she notices what she thinks is a high-powered couple walking by the window, but she notices that the guy is looking at her and smiling. She finds this to be rude because he doesn’t seem to be paying attention to the beautiful woman he’s walking with. After lunch, she discovers they are new high-end clients. If this isn’t strange enough, during the meeting she receives a text from an anonymous sender who calls her by name. Who could this person be? Who is this man and woman team that requested her to be part of the selection of potential candidates they will hire to work for them?
I just loved this story! Right from the start I was pulled into Jasmine’s world and I loved how Ms. Toopi told Jasmine’s story. I loved getting to know Jasmine and when she was spending her daily lunches at the local café, I was right there sitting next to her as she watched people. When Frank, the owner and barista of the shop took notice of Jasmine, I felt that I was seeing this happen right before my eyes. I was excited for her that he was so sweet to her and treated her with the utmost respect. Clearly, he had a crush on her, but she was completely oblivious to it.
After Jasmine is chosen to be Head of the Investment Portfolio of Declan and Charlotte’s company, sparks seem to fly between her and Declan. How can it be that two men were so interested in her at the same time and she seemed oblivious to both of their advances? I felt maybe this was a bit part of her naiveté, but I hoped she would open her eyes and see she had two very handsome and very eligible men interested in her. I also hoped her best friend and roommate, Liv, would help Jasmine see the opportunity she had before her and encourage her to step out of her comfort zone to see where things could lead for her with both men.
I have to be honest; I was torn between Frank and Declan when it came to being the perfect fit for Jasmine. Both were handsome and intelligent, and both owned successful businesses although on different levels of success. Frank was more the down-to-earth, easy-going kind of guy who seemed to be really head over heels for Jasmine. I felt he might be the better fit just because he fit more into her low-key lifestyle. On the other hand, Declan was very worldly and fit more into the Prince Charming role in which he could fulfill any of her dreams and desires without hesitation. It was a constant struggle for me to pick which man would be a better suitor for her as the story took its twists and turns. I just hoped whichever man she chose, she would truly be happy in the end.
Without giving any spoilers away, the ending completely floored me.
Overall, I found “Whispers of the Heart” to be a wonderful short read that would fit perfectly into your busy schedule where you might only have a few minutes here and there to escape into a great story. I loved the characters and the different settings Jasmine found herself in for both work and private time. I believed she could be with either man, but I hoped Jasmine would truly see who had deeper feelings for her. If you want a great story, with well-developed characters telling their individual stories to you, then look no further. I highly recommend this debut book by Ms. Toopi and I hope she continues to write more great stories like this!
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