American Fiction Award honors Family Saga
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Best-Seller Mara Purl Wins Forty-third Book Award for her Milford-Haven Novels

LOS ANGELES - Californer -- When Mara Purl first began writing The Milford-Haven Novels #MilfordHaven, she already had a following of 4.5 million from her iconic BBC radio drama. The novels have found their own following, and garnered more than forty book awards, including her latest – The American Fiction Award.

When the Heart Listens is a deep-dive into protagonist Miranda Jones, an artist wrestling with what logic tells her, and what her heart seems to whisper about making a sea-change in her life. Uprooting herself from the Bay Area, she makes the move to the small town of Milford-Haven, which opens an unexpected door and sparks a thrilling new chapter of her life.

"Once again Purl pulls out all the stops and goes straight to the heart of the story, Miranda's quest for the life she wasn't aware she wanted and needed," praised by The Authors Show ( reviewer Linda Thompson.  "It's very comforting to know that listening to your heart over your common sense is, at times, the right thing to do."

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Milford-Haven, a fictional town on California's beautiful Central Coast, follows the lives of a close group of characters in true soap-opera fashion. The saga is full of drama. But its great appeal is the heart—what it needs, and how it can guide.

American Fiction Award founder Jeffrey Keen says of the awards, now in their third year, "The 2020 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the American Fiction Awards, this year's winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season."

When the Heart Listens nabbed Silver in the uber-popular Women's Fiction #WomensFiction category. Mara Purl, author of the best-selling, multiple award-winning Milford-Haven Novels, said, "The American Fiction Award is one that's close to my heart. This speaks to me and to my readers about a distinctly American brand of fiction, a writing style that embraces the heart of America. This book, which was actually requested by readers,  focuses on my protagonist, her sister, and their parents, and chronicles an iconic chapter in the life of every young American woman: how to embrace your passion, use your talents, and find your home." This is the book's third award, and the author's 43rd award.

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