Contemporary Fiction, Review

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

Paper Hearts by Courtney WalshAbigail 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?

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My Thoughts

This book fits me like a favorite pair of jeans and an oversized hoodie, completely comfortable and deliciously cozy. Y’all know I’m a small town girl and a bit of a romantic (okay, more than a bit). The small, touristy, love-obsessed, Rocky Mountain town of Love Park completely captured my imagination. Historic buildings and busy little ladies groups are just the beginning of this community’s charm.

Abigail has convinced herself that she’s living her dream by running a quaint bookstore and coffee shop. She certainly shows spunk when her building is sold and her little shop is jeopardized. I suspect she’s just gotten caught in the familiar trap of going through the motions, kind of like the way she’s convinced herself that she’s happily and better off remaining single.

The conflicting emotions, meddling grannies, and characters in need of healing forgiveness gave me warm fuzzies and a longing for more Love Park adventures.

I won this title in a giveaway. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theater director, and playwright. Change of Heart is her fifth novel and is set in the same town as Paper Hearts.

Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two additional books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals.

Courtney lives in Illinois where she and her husband own a performing and visual arts studio. They have three children.

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