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Author: María Dueñas Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9781442381711
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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.

With her debut novel The Time in Between, María Dueñas garnered outstanding acclaim and inspired a TV series, dubbed the “Spanish Downton Abbey” by the media. USA TODAY said of the book: “From a terrific opening line to the final page, chapters zip by at a pulsing pace.” Now Dueñas returns with a novel about a heartbroken woman’s attempt to pick up the pieces of her shattered world.

Blanca Perea is a college professor in Madrid who seems to have it all. But her perfect career and marriage start to unravel when her husband of twenty years suddenly leaves her for another woman. Devastated, Blanca is forced to question the life she once had and how well she truly knows herself. She leaves Madrid for San Francisco, where she becomes entrenched in the history of an enigmatic Spanish writer who died decades earlier. The more Blanca discovers about this man, the more she is enthralled by the ill-fated loves, half truths, and silent ambitions that haunted his life.

With lush, imaginative prose and unforgettable characters, The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey of the soul that takes readers from Spain to California, between the thorny past and all-too-real present. It is a story about the thrill of creating one’s life anew. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Duenas’s novel is brilliantly executed, and it moves expertly between decades as it reveals truths of history and of humanity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dueñas evokes 1930s and 1950s Spain through lushly detailed imagery.”


  • “A slow-paced by ultimately satisfying story of a woman who comes to terms with her past by investigating someone else’s.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dueñas more than lives up to her title as one of the best contemporary authors today.”

    El Mundo (Spain)

  • “In vivid moving prose, María Dueñas tells a story that is highly entertaining.”

    La Vanguardia (Spain)

  • “A story you will not want to put down.”

    Donna Moderna (Italy)

  • “Dueñas’ second novel is able maintain the same pitch of urgency as The Time in Between.”

    La Repubblica (Rome)

  • “An ingeniously architectural work structured around fascinating lives.”

    Baarnsche Courant (Holland)

  • “Part literary mystery, part love story, Dueñas’s second novel is emotionally complex, but Cassandra Campbell perfectly captures its nostalgia, poignancy, and gentle optimism…Campbell’s narration is measured, dreamlike, and deliberate, immersing listeners in rich details and giving them time to savor the plot’s numerous twists and turns. Each character is distinct and generally identifiable—especially Bianca herself, who begins the book with brokenhearted weariness but clearly grows both in self-assurance and enthusiasm as she finds new academic challenges and a new chance at love.”


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About the Author

María Dueñas, the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Time in Between, holds a PhD in English philology and is currently a professor at the University of Murcia. She has also taught at American universities, is the author of several academic articles, and has participated in various educational, cultural, and editorial projects.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.