In What The Heart Knows, we first meet Bill when he is persuaded to invite Emily to visit him. Of course this is an insane request because Bill hasn’t seen Emily in years and has been secretly in love with her for quite some time. Unfortunately for Bill, Emily has been through a huge ordeal at the hands of a colleague. She is withdrawn, suffers from night terrors and spends much of
her time alone so that no one will know. Bill has been tasked by her family with uncovering this secret without revealing his own. But Regina Puckett couldn’t leave it at that, as we soon learn that Bill was the object of a young Emily’s affection. Throw in persistent threats by her attacker and you have a story primed to keep you guessing and wanting to shake some of the characters.
Regina Puckett has executed this love story laced with tension and fear most brilliantly. I loved that everything that happens has layers to it. It makes What The Heart Knows a multi-faceted tale with depth in both the story as well as the characters. Bill and Emily have loved one another for a long time, but he’s pretending he has migraines and she’s pretending she’s perfectly fine and
not being stalked by her would-be attacker. The emotional spectrum of this story goes from one end to the other, leaving you feeling afraid, frustrated, reluctant and even a bit ‘in the mood’. This is a love story filled with a ton of drama, but it never reaches soap opera proportions; it just leaves you feeling as though you’ve been through the wringer with Bill and Emily.