Change of Heart

Walsh, Courtney. Change of Heart: Paper Hearts Series. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Newly married, Evelyn Brandt is more than surprised when her luncheon is spoiled by the FBI arresting her husband, Senator Christopher Brandt. Finding herself alone if not doubted, Evelyn turns to her high school friend, Trevor Whitney. With struggles of his own, Trevor supports Evelyn yet must guard his own heart. As life unravels further for Evelyn, she learns everything she held dear and true, may not be pure after all. Through trials and tribulations, friendship and faith, Evelyn soon learns to embrace and enjoy what is inside as she once again discovers who she truly is…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Adorably sweet yet deeply heartening with an important message, Change of Heart struck a chord with me. Having read and enjoyed the first book in the series, Paper Hearts, I was happy to continue and actually preferred this most current addition. Though a few references are made to previous characters, this novel works well as a stand-alone too. One of my more favorite contemporary stories, I look forward to more from author Courtney Walsh, hopefully, just in time for Valentine’s Day next year, following her similar release of these.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Change of Heart from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*

Paper Hearts

Walsh, Courtney. Paper Hearts. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2014.

SUMMARY:
paperheartsHaving romantic grandparents who named the town “Love’s Park”, Abigail Pressman just knows she has to find Mr. Right soon. With the help of the Valentine Volunteers (aka Loves Park Meat Market Matchmaking Guild), she is truly feeling the pressure. When Abigail’s store, The Book Nook, has its building threatened to be sold to an attractive new landlord, she is inspired to string anonymous paper hearts throughout her store; however, when new hearts are delivered, she realizes there may be more involved than just the paper hearts. Will Abigail need to decide between her heart and her business?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Paper Hearts is a sweet story filled with hope, love, inspiration, forgiveness and heartache. I was drawn to the book by the cover, enjoyed the premise, encountered a few surprises and sighed at the end. I chuckled quite often at the antics of the Valentine Volunteers- quite the group of characters!  A new author for me, I will definitely watch for Courtney Walsh’s books again while making room for this one on my bookshelf…it may just become a Valentine’s Day tradition.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Paper Hearts from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*

A February Bride

St. Amant, Betsy. A February Wedding: A Year of Weddings Novella. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
FebbrideJilted at the last moment at the altar, Marcus Hall never saw it coming. His future bride, Allie Andrews, just couldn’t marry him and put him through the Andrew’s family curse so she ran (actually drove) fast away. Over the course of the next months, Allie and Marcus cross paths in some not-so-traditional yet hilarious ways. Will love prevail over the jinx experienced by all the Andrew family women? Will Valentine’s Day prove to full of intended consequences?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Cute, cute, cute! A perfect read for upcoming Valentine’s Day, A February Bride was my favorite novella included in the series so far. A new author for me, I am already looking forward to her upcoming novel, All’s Fair In Love And Cupcakes. I enjoyed the spunk, cleverness and light touch of romance with which this novella was written. I was able to read this book in just a brief sitting but finished it smiling! Definitely worth the time to enjoy!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A February Bride from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*

Once Upon a Winter’s Heart

Carlson, Melody. Once Upon a Winter’s Heart. New York, NY: Center Street/ Hachette Book Group. 2014.

SUMMARY:
onceuponawintersheartEmma Burcelli no longer believes in romance. With the passing of her Grandpa, Emma decides to move back home to take care of her Nona and help with the family bookstore. To add to the turmoil, Emma’s mother has moved in with Nona as well and Emma’s sister is causing trouble. Nearing Valentine’s Day, Lane Forester happens to appear at the bookstore which makes Emma wonder if perhaps romance could be revived after all…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
What a cute novella just in time for Valentine’s Day. Melody Carlson is known for writing inspirational novellas and this one could be added to that ever growing list. A sweet, funny yet lighter read, Once Upon a Winter’s Heart was definitely satisfying. I look forward to reading more from Melody Carlson as I have also enjoyed Christmas at Harrington’s, The Christmas Bus and All I Have to Give.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received an complimentary copy of Once Upon a Winter’s Heart from Center Street Publishing and NetGalley for my honest review.