Sunday, May 10, 2015

Book Review ~ Love Target by Heidi Loeb Hegerich

Love Target
by Heidi Loeb Hegerich
Published by Forever Young LLC

Teenager Ingrid Liebschreiber is devastated when her parents move the family from their native Munich to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Homesick, she accepts a neighbor's offer to get her a job as a showgirl in Las Vegas. Intent on earning enough money to return to Germany, she must grow up quickly in the neon jungle — where she is pursued by high rollers and headliners, including a vacationing Elvis. 

Life's twists and turns land Ingrid in New York in the Swinging 1960s — where she is romanced by Armand: a strong, quiet, handsome businessman in "construction." Most girls dream of Mr. Right, and Ingrid's hard-won independence is challenged when she falls in love. 

Will she find true romance — a man who can love her as much as she loves him? Or is "happily ever after" just a crazy fairytale?

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Love Target was such a delightfully fun read.  Just looking at the cover let me know right off that this was going to be a good book with an interesting story.  The story was well-written and well-paced - so well in fact, I was quite surprised that this was the authors first book.  Ingrid was such a fun loving character and you can't help but fall in love with her because of her naivety and her strong will. The historical aspects of the story made it extremely interesting and the illustrations really made the story that much more fun to read.  This one had me desperate to keep reading because I really wanted Ingrid to find her true love.  She was definitely a "love target"  with her looks and her personality, but she was always finding herself with the wrong man. Can Ingrid finally find her one true love? Well, anything is possible and this story proves it.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking to read a book with passion, romance and a look back in time to a decade that gave us Elvis, Harry Belafonte and so much more.  I would not recommend this book to young kids as it does touch on drugs, sex and some violence.

Love Target will make you laugh, make your cringe and make you cry, but in the end, it will leave you happy and satisfied.

Heidi Loeb Hegerich, a resident of Reno, Nevada, has lived in places as varied as Munich, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, New York City, Los Angeles and Squaw Valley.  She has worked variously as a showgirl, business executive, entrepreneur, interior designer and real estate developer.  She has traveled to six of the seven continents, and vacationed in spots a different as the French Riviera, the Andes and Afghanistan.

Hegerich counts among her hobbies weigh training, shooting assault rifles, and racing sand rails;  she found skydiving entertaining but not as much as a rush as other pursuits.  A philanthropist for the arts, among other causes, Hegerich is now embarking on her own artistic quest as an author.  The novel Love Target, published in May 2014, is her first book.