Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

Released: March 1, 2016
416 pages
Series: Paper Hearts # 2

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?

Giving It:     🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 (4 stars)

This was a heart-wrenching story. How could Chris do to Evelyn what he did? It bothered me that if people knew what Chris was like why didn’t anyone ever tell her. I really felt for Evelyn, but she found her inner strength as the story progressed. I was so happy when she finally stood up to Chris. I really liked Trevor, yes he made some mistakes but his heart was there and he tried his best to put his own feelings aside to be a true friend. His compassion shone through the grumpy state he gave off. The peacefulness and simplicity of the farm shone through. The Valentine Volunteers, especially Ursula, were entertaining and showed Evelyn what real friendship was. It was quite the journey that Trevor and Evelyn ended up on with many ups and downs, but it felt realistic and had me hoping that things would work out for the good. I was disappointment that there was no answer given of what happened to Chris. I really did not like him and hope he ended up in jail. The message that stood out to me throughout the story was that the only opinion that matters is God’s. We can end up spending so much time trying to fit in and worrying about how other see us that we can lose ourselves. To find true peace we need to be true to ourselves and be content with who we are. Knowing you are in the right with God is the true goal. I enjoyed this and do recommend it.

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