Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Paper Hearts

Paper HeartsAuthor: Courtney Walsh
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Tyndale

Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she's poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park's tradition of stamping mail with the city's romantic postmark. When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn't come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail's new landlord, and he's threatening to end her lease to expand his practice. As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail's doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

Jacob wouldn’t have used spinster to describe the woman he’d just met. She seemed passionate and maybe a little bit spunky with her wavy, dark hair that was only slightly out of control.

Yes, Abigail Pressman might prove to be their most difficult case yet. Hard to match – and more stubborn than most – because Gigi suspected that their new target had no idea that she even wanted to fall in love at all.

Who needs a man when you have shelves of beautiful books and dreams of growth and success?
This sweet little contemporary romance was just what I needed to end out this cold, chilling month. Abigail Pressman is quite cynical and untrusting when it comes to love and marriage. However, in a town called Loves Park, Colorado, where everything revolves around love and romance, being a single 30 year old woman with no hopes of marriage or prospects does not make for an easy life. Abigail is more concerned with her bookstore; she wants more than anything to expand the store, but doing this means coming up with a large sum of money that she doesn’t possess. Here is where we meet our male lead, Dr. Jacob Willoughby. He swoops in unexpectedly and buys the building that Abigail hoped to move her bookstore into, so of course you see how our hero and heroine meet!

The romance is adorable and provides enough angst to keep you hanging on until the very end. Walsh writes characters that are relatable; they don’t go head over heels stumbling in love, but just like normal people they must learn to get past their own feelings of negativity and learn to rely on one another and on God. Abigail was my favorite, hands down. She is hesitant and charming and proves that there is nothing wrong with being single and focusing on your career, dreams, and goals. She was an inspiration to me even though I am married just because I know how much of an inspiration she will be for other readers!

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Tyndale in exchange for my honest review***

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