She's giving advice but she's never been on a date
June 16, 2011
Everyone in Deep Haven knows Isadora Presley is the town recluse. What they don't know is that she's also Miss Foolish Heart, the popular syndicated talk radio show host. Listeners to her show love taking her relationship advice but what they don't know as they're is that Miss Foolish Heart has never even been on a date.
Isadora, known as Issy to her friends, has barely left her neighborhood since the accident that took her mother's life and left her father a quadriplegic. The world just seems so dangerous-why anything could happen. Just look at all that has happened since the handsome new neighbor moved in next door. That dog of his has been causing constant trouble not to mention that he insists on parking his huge truck right on top of her flowers.
Things have been going a bit crazy on the Miss Foolish Heart show too. First the Governor of California's daughter decides to settle for an imperfect man because she's tired of waiting for Mr. Right, and she calls in to invite Miss Foolish Heart to the wedding. If Issy can't even make it to her best friend Lucy's World's Best Donuts' shop right in town, how could she ever get on a plane.
Then a sweet young man calls the show trying to get advice for wooing his neighbor. The listeners love this young man, and her ratings skyrocket. Issy finds herself falling for this sweet young man even as she gives him advice on how to win another girls heart. Oh, why can't Issy find someone that perfect?
My Foolish Heart is the third installment in Susan May Warren's Deep Haven series. It is a perfectly delightful read. The pace keeps you moving right along, and you grow to love the characters more and more throughout the story. As with all of Susan's books, the descriptions and settings have the ability to transport you right into the scene. I hope she plans to bring us more stories about the endearing people of Deep Haven.
What a great read! Isadora Presley is suffering from Agoraphobia and really isn't able to leave her home. Her new neighbor Caleb Knight is conquering his own demons...he is coming to accept the loss of his leg.
Lucy Maguire is Issy's best friend and always looking out for her...she is trying to live and forgive herself for the mistakes she has made. Enter Lucy's old boyfriend Seb Brewster...a fellow who also needs to forgive himself for his mistakes.
Love the antics that go on with the big dog Duncan/Roger, who owns him? Also the sweet town that this story is set in Deep Haven MN, it has a small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else. Enter a football coaching competition and you really see a small town in action.
The book has a lot of great Christian values, and includes some great scripture quotes.
I would highly recommend this book! I receive this book from Lifuse Publicity Group, and was not required to give a positive review.
My Foolish Heart is a winning combination of You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and Susan May Warren's authentic characters and beautiful romance!
Like in the movie You've Got Mail, Isadora and Caleb find themselves falling in love online (and on the air) without realizing who exactly the other person is--and how different romance in action can be from romance through words. Also, like Tom Hanks, Caleb is the one who figures out who Miss Foolish Heart really is before Isadora figures out who Boy Next Door really is.
Instead of feuding book store owners, however, Isadora and Caleb are two people with conflicting fears. One is afraid to leave the safety of her house due to a horrible memory, and the other is afraid of dependency (especially on God) due to the debt he feels he owes for his very life. But the new NY152 and ShopGirl have a sweet romance all their own in this football-themed book that will have you cheering them on!
Isadora's radio show is also reminiscent of Sleepless in Seattle, but as I mentioned earlier Warren has created a unique story with two romances instead of one and enough authentic emotion to inspire you and leave you sighing with satisfaction. Add in a beautiful message about the amazing, incomprehensible love of God, and you've got a wonderful and moving read!
*With thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion, to be shared during the LitFuse Publicity Blogging tour.*
Warren drew me into this novel. I found myself wanting Caleb to succeed then feeling for Seb, too. Seb has come a long way and deserves a chance at life. I felt for Lucy as she struggles to overcome the hurt Seb caused years ago. I felt for Issy as she is trapped in her house by panic attacks. I laughed at the "You've Got Mail" kind of situation, but here, neither know the true identity of their dialogue partner. I felt for Lucy when the holder of her mortgage and old rival of Seb for her affection in high school decides to foreclose. I read in suspense as the all important scrimmage progressed, Caleb's world falls apart and only Issy, with her father's secret play, can rescue him.
Warren has crafted a very good novel about traumatic hurts and how they can be overcome. The struggles she portrayed are realistic. The Christianity of the characters is well done. Her character development is awesome - I felt like I really knew these people as I cheered them on. Five stars for this great story. A discussion guide at the end of the book makes it a good choice for reading groups.
I received a copy of this book from The Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Just when you think that Susan cannot write a better book, here comes My Foolish Heart!! True to Susan May Warren style, you will fall in love with these characters, Issy Presley, who is bound to her house and small neighborhood by her panic and fear, Caleb Knight a war hero who has come to town to take the job as new coach at the school and to forget his past. Two people who are bound by their past, who are fixing to find out that the past is not as important as the future. I loved this book, Susan has a way of drawing you into the story. You could feel the pain and agony each character was facing in their lives. Most definitely a book you will not want to miss!! 363 pages US $13.99 5 stars. Discussion guide included.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.