Conflicted Hearts

20504604SYNOPSIS: Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.

Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

REVIEW: Get on the rollercoaster and ride with Debbie as she shares her experiences in life. From dealing with her parent’s tumultuous relationship as a child with its many break-ups, separations, and house moves, to becoming a pawn in her mother’s endless games that robbed her of her childhood.

What really grabbed me was how her childhood experiences influenced her decisions as a blooming adult and the relationships she had while consistently grappling with her mother’s narcissism.

There are moments that will completely captivate you. One of those moments for me was her adventure in Greece, another, the first real love and heartbreak… I could go on, but I don’t want to give away too much.

As if being caught in the throes of narcissism isn’t enough, multiple health issues, and an abusive cohabitation take their toll as well.

The entire work is presented perfectly, and with such honestly… I believed every word and often reflected upon the courage of the writer. It’s excellent… Five Stars!


About Kev

Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

41 comments on “Conflicted Hearts

  1. I liked the way you reviewed this, Kev.
    It sounds like a fascinating book concerning family enduring pain, hurt and some dysfunctional elements. Hope to see this added to many “must read” piles. Along with I will fill out a (Delaware, Ohio) Library Requisition slip for Deb’s book! 🙂

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  2. Wow, what a great review. I had a narcissistic father, and I need to read this book. We do overcome to a point, but children of extreme narcissistic people struggle with issues all their lives, and I still do. Love your bio, Kev. Would you like to do an interview on my blog, Just Write?

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    • Hi Marsha, I’m glad you enjoyed the review and am sure you will enjoy reading Debby’s book. Yes, people from all forms of abuse tend to struggle with issues throughout their lives. Thank you for the compliment, it’s greatly appreciated. I would be honoured to do an interview on your blog… I can be reached by email: kevincooper63@live.com.

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  3. Well deserved, Debby. 😉

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  4. Wow Kev! I am just over the moon, Thank you soooooooooooo much, 🙂

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  5. […] If you missed this review you can check it out here: Conflicted Hearts […]

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  6. This sounds like a story of my own life in the beginning. Well done review, Kev. I’d like to check this book out.

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  7. A fantastic review. Read this book some time ago and I agree with Kevin. A fabulous read. 🙂

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  8. […] Kevin read my book and kindly posted the review on his page, KCbooksandmusic . […]

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  9. Okay, now I’ve just added this book to my ‘must-read’ list. Thanks for the excellent review.

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  10. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    I’ve just finished this book and also found it excellent!

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  11. Wonderful review. A probing read, at once revealing but not self-pitying.
    Read it ages ago and reviewed it.

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  12. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Kevin Cooper with a sterling review for D.G. Kaye’s book Conflicted Hearts.. Delighted to see this review for Debby’s work.. fantastic job Kevin.

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  13. Thanks for this marvelously mindful review. Debby is surely delightful. Mega hugs.

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  14. You’re more than welcome, Debby. This is in fact a new-ish blog… I just startied doing stuff again, quite recently after taking a few months break from it all, as you will understand. I had saved a file of the other blog I’d deleted and just recently imported it all into here… So, you haven’t really missed a whole lot. 🙂

    Do let me know when you’re ready to release that sequel… Maybe an interview about it? Let me know. 🙂

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  15. Thank you so much Kev. I was delighted to find that you had read this book and even more with your kind review. A lovely surprise. I shall be reblogging on the weekend. And PS, I didn’t even know you were still running this blog, my apologies, I’m back following this one too. 🙂
    Also, thought I’d note that I am currently in rewrites on the sequel to this book, the aftermath – an understanding and forgiveness after my mother’s death.Title: P.S. I Forgive You.


  16. I loved this book by Debbie… I read it when it came out and it was so compelling and well written… thanks for sharing, dear Kev!… sending love. Aquileana 😀

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  17. DG is a shining example in every way. Thrilled to see her book here and your review.

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  18. I have this book and can’t wait to read it 🙂 Great review, Kev.

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