Hidden Under Her Heart (A Story of Abortion & Courage) by @AyalaRachelle

Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off premarital sex, hoping to land a marrying type of man.

Hidden Under Her Heart

A Story of
Abortion & Courage

Rachelle Ayala


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Lucas Knight, a law-school dropout, moves to California to train for the Ironman Triathlon. He's smart, sweet, and everything Maryanne wants in a man, but their relationship suffers from his dedication to the sport. Seeking consolation in the arms of a handsome preacher's son, Maryanne attends a church party where she is raped.

Maryanne is pregnant from the rape and plans to abort. But the identity of her rapist is hidden in her baby's DNA. Lucas asks Maryanne to seek alternatives and pledges to support her through the pregnancy. When Lucas becomes the prime suspect, Maryanne must clear his name and make a life changing decision.

The rapist has other ideas. In order to destroy the evidence, he offers Maryanne an illegal offshore abortion. With Maryanne's life in danger, Lucas races to save her and her baby. However, Maryanne hides a secret that threatens to tear them apart forever.

A 99,000-word women's fiction, HIDDEN UNDER HER HEART deals with the consequences of rape and abortion.

Praise for Hidden Under Her Heart

I give Hidden Under Her Heart five stars for its honesty. I also give Ms. Ayala five stars for her bravery in writing a story on a controversial subject in such a thoughtful and considerate way. Our discourse on divisive topics should always remain as civil as it does in this novel. I may believe differently from Ms. Ayala, but with her prose, she made me pause and think. If only we could all get back to this type of discourse in this country, we'd solve a bundle of problems facing us today. Thank you, Ms Ayala, for pointing the way.

Rachelle Ayala tackles the sensitive and controversial topic of abortion with compassion and ease. A must read story about a young women forced to decide her fate and the fate of her unborn child after devastating and life changing events. A great premise that drives the story forward and allows the reader to wonder what will happen next. Regardless of your beliefs, this story will pull at your heart and make you think.

Author Bio

Rachelle Ayala was a software engineer until she discovered storytelling works better in fiction than real code. She has over thirty years of writing experience and has always lived in a multi-cultural environment.

Rachelle is an active member of online critique group, Critique Circle, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has three children and has taught violin and made mountain dulcimers.