08 February 2016

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

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?

I adored Courtney Walsh’s Paper Hearts when I read it last February, so I had high hopes for another delightfully romantic read this year when I picked up Change of Heart. Needless to say, I was pleased to find out I wouldn’t be disappointed. In this novel, Walsh revisits the charming town of Loves Park and many of the same quirky characters as she focuses her story on Evelyn Brandt and Trevor Whitney. These two old friends reconnect as Evelyn's seemingly perfect life falls apart, and their story is one of dreams, secrets, second chances, surrender, and love. It’s a heartfelt and emotional read that will not leave fans of contemporary fiction disappointed. I enjoyed it, recommend it, and now look forward to reading more from Courtney Walsh in the future.

Thanks to Tyndale BlogNetwork, I received a copy of Change of Heart and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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