Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: "My Foolish Heart," by Susan May Warren

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been chosen to be part of Susan May Warren's Fiction Kickoff Team and will be reviewing her new Christmas novella, Evergreen! This promises to be a great read as I’m a big fan of Susan May Warren’s books. I just finished reading My Foolish Heart, so I thought I’d share it with you in anticipation of reading Evergreen!

About My Foolish Heart:
Unknown to her quaint town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley is the star host of My Foolish Heart, a popular syndicated talk radio show. From her home studio, she gives listeners advice on romance … even though she’s never had a date.

It’s not that she doesn’t want to, but since a tragic accident took her mother’s life, panic attacks have trapped her inside her small neighborhood. And though she always reminds listeners that their perfect love could be right next door, it can’t possibly be true for her. Especially when a new neighbor moves in. Sure, he’s handsome, but with his unruly dog and Neanderthal manners, Caleb Knight is the last man she’d ever fall for.

To Issy, love isn’t worth the risk. Until she starts to have feelings for a caller -- a man she’s never even met but finds honest, charming, and sensitive.

A man she doesn’t realize lives right next door.

My thoughts:
I loved the complexity of the characters in My Foolish Heart. Like real people, they are far from perfect and have a lot of “baggage.” Issy’s traumatized by the accident she was involved with that killed her mother and paralyzed her father. Caleb returned from Iraq with visible scars and part of his leg blown off. And Issy’s friend, Lucy, had her heart broken by her high-school sweetheart, Seb, and now he’s returned to town to crumble her defenses again. All of this is set against the backdrop of a small town and its high school football team, which Issy’s father used to coach. Ironically, Caleb and Seb are now competing for his former job. Can all of these characters get past their deep-seated hurts, find healing, and open their hearts again? This book is also a story of faith and how Issy, Caleb, Lucy and Seb learn to lean on God and accept His “perfect love” despite their flaws. This story feels true and believable, and I enjoyed getting to know all of these characters, to watch them heal and learn to love again.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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