The Heart Has Its Reasons: A Novel

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Declared “a writer to watch” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), New York Times bestselling author María Dueñas pours heart and soul into this story of a woman who discovers the power of second chances.

A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea seems to have it all. But her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions.

But in delving into the past, Blanca finds herself simultaneously awakened to the present by Daniel Carter, a charismatic professor with crucial knowledge about the dead writer that he has never before revealed. Amid this web of passion, conflict, and hidden feelings, including her own, Blanca advances like an avid detective, refusing to quit, and ultimately discovers startling answers that resonate deeply in her own life.

Evocative, lyrical, and humorous, The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey of the soul from the pangs of the past to the vibrant present. It is a story about the thrill of creating one’s life anew.


  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 01 Title

    Duration: 31s
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 02 Dedication

    Duration: 21s
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 03 Ch1

    Duration: 16min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 04 Ch2

    Duration: 22min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 05 Ch3

    Duration: 21min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 06 Ch4

    Duration: 14min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 07 Ch5

    Duration: 13min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 08 Ch6

    Duration: 11min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 09 Ch7

    Duration: 19min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 10 Ch8

    Duration: 13min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 11 Ch9

    Duration: 15min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 12 Ch10

    Duration: 20min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 13 Ch11

    Duration: 23min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 14 Ch12

    Duration: 22min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 15 Ch13

    Duration: 20min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 16 Ch14

    Duration: 28min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 17 Ch15

    Duration: 20min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 18 Ch16

    Duration: 17min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 19 Ch17

    Duration: 10min
  • TheHeartHasItsReasons 20 Ch18

    Duration: 22min
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