Isadora Presley is host of a very popular radio talk show. Listeners hang on her every word as she gives them advice on how to find true love as Miss Foolish Heart. Little do her readers know that Isadora is not giving advice from experinece. In fact, she can't even leave her own house, let alone find true love. After a tragic accident, she is plagued by panic attacks which keep her trapped inside her home and safe world she has created for herself.
At least it was safe, until she gets a new neighbor. Caleb Knight challenges everything she has set up to keep herself from facing the world and Isadora can't decide if she likes it, or if he just drives her crazy! Then again, she has always reminded her listeners that the perfect love could be right next door :-)
I thought this book was so cute! I thought it was a lovely romance while still dealing with issues like trust in God and letting him heal you where you hurt the deepest. I read it in one day which is always a good sign of an easy, enjoyable read.
Thank you to Tyndale Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren is the 4th book in the Deep Haven series. Even if you haven't read the other books in the series, it can stand on its own.
Isadora Presley suffered from a debilitating disorder brought about by the tragic accident involving her parents and herself. After watching her mother die in her arms, and seeing her strong father confined to his hospital bed, Isadora now suffers from an anxiety disorder that prevents her from leaving the safety of her home. Unknown to her friends and neighbors, Isadora Presley broadcasts from her home as Miss Foolish Heart, a syndicated radio show where Isadora gives her listeners advice on love and romance. Little do they know that the one giving advice has almost no experience on that department and that most of her advice come from the books that she has read.
Caleb, a soldier who lost his leg during his tour of duty, now comes to Deep Haven to become the new high school football coach. He is determined to become a part of this beautiful town - Deep Haven.
Seb, a former resident of Deep Haven, comes home with a goal of righting the wrongs in his life. He thinks he can do this by becoming the coach of his former high school football team.
Lucy, Isadora's bestfriend and lifeline to the outside world, has problems of her own. As she tries to save her donut shop, Seb has come back to her to be her source of help.
Can these four people overcome their painful pasts and find their way to their present through their faith in God?
This is the first book I've read by Susan May Warren, but this is certainly not the last. As a contemporary romance writer, she is a fantastic storyteller. She creates such interesting characters and develops them very well. So much that you really understand each of the characters and each one has become a real person to me. Her descriptions of the town of Deep Haven makes me feel as if I'm really there and participating in its life. It's beautiful how she has molded the lives of each person and show how their faith in God is carrying them through.
The book's message is beautiful - that God can carry us through our problems, our self-doubts and that His grace is sufficient to cover our sins of the past.
My Foolish Heart is certainly an enjoyable read. I will look forward to more books from Susan May Warren. Read other reviews of this book on the Litfuse Blog Tour.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for this review.
Issy a radio talk show host operates "My Foolish Heart" a daily program where she gives relationship advice to a diverse group of listeners. She sometimes cannot help feeling a pang of jealousy from her callers successes. When her ratings start slipping her talk show is rejuvenated by an instant "popular guest".
Caleb Knight is Issy's new next door neighbor who deals with the realization of his past and how others view him. Caleb is vying for a football coaches job left vacated by a former star coach and is finding his competition fierce and very well known. But there is something about the pretty "girl next door" if only he could get to know her.
Other characters are brought into the storyline, to round out the novel.
The book is creatively fun and at times it tugs at your heart, at times it will have you laughing. This book is part of a series but can easily stand alone. I did connect with the characters and the scene worked well. This novel could be entertaining for gals as well as guys because of the heavy sports writing intermingled with a bit of romance. Not being a fan of sports I felt that some of the novel drug some but overall it was a good read.
Susan May Warren's latest novel, "My Foolish Heart," is book #4 in her Deep Haven series. I have not yet read the other 3 books in the series (I need to!), and I did not feel lost or "out of the loop" while reading this book, so do not think you cannot read this book if you have not read the others!
Isadora (Issy) lives in her own little world - specifically her home and yard, as she is fearful of having a panic attack in front of the town again. Issy's best friend Lucy keeps her connected to the town and Issy connect with others through her talk radio show "My Foolish Heart;" however no one knows she is the host. Caleb moves in next door to Issy and their paths cross and yet they are both keeping secrets so neither really knows the other person. Caleb is trying to become the head football coach for the high school as the longtime coach, Issy's father, has been unable to coach since the accident, yet Caleb has some limitations of his own including missing part of a leg. Caleb calls into "My Foolish Heart" on a whim as he is trying to get on better terms with his neighbor and Issy shares advice not knowing that she is the one who is the focus of the coversation!
This is a great book and I highly recommend it! Warren's town of Deep Haven is a cute, touristy town, but yet has the small, hometown feel as well. The characters are so lovable and ones that the reader will want to spend more time with! I am for sure going to now go and read books 1-3 to learn more about the minor characters in this book! Issy, Caleb, Lucy and Seb are all dealing with individual issues in their lives and they each must work through them and through this they become closer to God, with each other and who they each would like to be as a person. The role the dog plays is sweet and significant as he provides companionship, comfort and plays a role in bringing two people together and also helping them find healing in their own lives. This is a fun, encouraging and touching read that will have you drawn into the lives of Deep Haven residents in the first chapter!
My Foolish Heart was a great read as I was travelling on a family vacation! It was humorous and light, but at the same time it developed into a heartwarming story with lovable characters! I loved the way the author introduced serious issues that people face today (including PTSD, agoraphobia, and relationships gone wrong) and had her characters battle through them, finding peace in the perfect love of God and in the people that God had surrounded them with. Along the way, Susan May Warren throws in a plot focused around the lives of four main characters and their lives as the token donut girl, "Miss Foolish Heart" the late night radio hostess, a wounded soldier from the National Guard, and a previous hometown football star. Everyone will love this book!