Mar 14, 2015

Tiffany's Review of Take A Piece Of My Heart by Diane Rose Duffy


Kara begins her journey as a youthful innocent woman who marries the town bad boy against her parent’s wishes. A James Dean rebel clone…”THAT GUY”. You know the type because we have all had one of those in our past. Am I right? Though her bad choices bring her face-to-face with the dark side of human nature, Kara’s heartfelt desire to find a pure and everlasting love give her the courage to take chances.

This is the story of Kara and her quest to find her voice, freedom from her past and her own identity. She is a strong spirited female with a snarky attitude and an often-colorful viewpoint on life. Kara is no Barbie doll (either in build or temperament) and thus, her tale will relate to many female readers.

‘Take a Piece of My Heart’ is Kara’s journey of love, friendships, romance, lust and loss. She learns slowly that mistrust, love and hatred of some people may require a second chance.

This book will have you laughing out loud one moment and reaching for the tissue box soon after.
 It is an emotional read which will grab your heart from the first page and not release it until the final page. 

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My 5-Star Review

"Who am I and what am I running from you ask? my name is Kara Salinger Morino, and I'm a thirty-two year old ignoramus who at the age of nineteen, made the most colossal mistake of my life."

What a breath of fresh air! 

I could not put my kindle down because I was so caught up in the mind of Kara. This was an amazing debut book, and I am so honored to have read it. 

I was pulled in right from the start. I enjoyed the humor that Kara had even when her world was crumbling around her. This book pulls at your heartstrings so much. You find yourself wanting to reach in and hug her as she tries to live in the day to day life she feels stuck in. 

This story deals with the subject of domestic abuse. The author did a wonderful job letting us into the mind of a woman that has stayed strong her whole life under the hands of the ones that were supposed to love her. 

"I was raised in an abusive home and married an abusive spouse. It was all I'd ever known."
The charcter of Kara will always hold a piece of my heart. As the story unfolds and she takes charge of her life for the first time, you cheer her on and want to keep pushing her forward. You watch her become the woman she always knew she could be, but was afraid to. 

"I am a firm believer that when one chapter closes in your life, another will begin. I am determined that this chapter beginning will lead me to what I have been searching for. My hopes are for a bright light at the end of this long, dark tunnel."
But don't think this story is all heartbreaking and sad, because it is far from it. Yes, there are moments that make you want to shed a tear or two, but overall it's just a story of discovery. I loved the way Kara's mind worked. How she brought humor into everything and how blunt she was. I could see her being my friend! 

My favorite part about this book is when her past meets her present. I'm not telling secrets because you should read it for yourself;) But let me tell you, it's a perfect circle in the twisted life Kara was given. True love is always worth the wait.

This book was everything I thought it would be and more! Overcoming abuse is not easy, but there is always someone out there to help. Kara found out that there is a light at the end of that dark tunnel. 

Wonderful debut novel!!! Can't wait to read more from Diane Rose Duffy!!

"Family is where the heart is."

About the Author

Diane Rose Duffy was raised in Salinas, CA and lived there until her children were of school age. She then relocated to the Silicon Valley where she pursued a career in the accounting field. Since recently retiring, she and her husband have moved to the peaceful Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Diane is now following her dreams of writing books with the support of her husband who she proclaims is her 'happily ever after'.


  1. is Morino your married named/ or your family name. Do you know a Marilyn June Morino?

  2. Looking for family member for friend who was adopted.


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