Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

About the Book:

A Colorado senator’s wife, Evelyn Brandt seems to have it all. But her carefully constructed life comes toppling down when the FBI crashes her society brunch with news that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement, and he’s far from repentant. It turns out this was only the start of his indiscretions—for which he has little regret.

As the weeks following the scandal turn into months, Evelyn withdraws, even shirking her duties with the philanthropic Valentine Volunteers. The inquisitive women of the group are determined not to let Evelyn’s divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the city’s iconic lamppost hearts.  But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husband’s former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be close—and he’s been letting her hide in his guesthouse—his gruffness conveys his unease with the situation. Amid the beauty of Trevor’s farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politician’s wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friend—and his own mistakes—stole his chance.

Possibilities for a new beginning emerge, but long-kept secrets threaten to ruin everything. After so much time, is a change of heart too much to hope for?

My Thoughts:

With so many excellent choices in Christian fiction, it's just the perfect time to be a reader!  I truly love the way Courtney Walsh crafts a story, and the great care and artistry she's been gifted with shines on every page.

Courtney's stories evoke powerful emotional responses.  When her characters crack a joke, you laugh out loud (which is fun when you're reading in a crowded area, let me tell you!).  When one of her imaginary people is bonehead stupid (i.e., Christopher), you want to reach into the book and grab him by the scruff of the neck and shake him and shout, "What were you thinking?"

And when someone as lovely, adorable and vulnerable is deeply wounded (Evelyn), you cannot help but weep with her and don't be surprised if you end up praying for an imaginary person...multiple times!

Trevor is my kind of hero--rough around the edges, not all sure of himself, and able to feel deeply.  He isn't perfect...and that's what makes him...well, perfect!  "Change of Heart" lives up to its title, and is a great companion  novel to "Paper Hearts".

My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishers for my advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Courtney is one of my Top Ten Must Read authors, and once you've read one of her books you will totally get why.

Highly Recommended.

Happy Reading!



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