My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren is able to tackle tough situations while being uplifting and fun to read. A young veteran with a missing leg. A young woman missing her freedom due to anxiety disorder. A quadriplegic coach. By themselves, these are such sad circumstances to think about. Yet the book is not depressing and in it we learn that nothing is impossible with God. A funny yet tense irony is set up when Isy doesn't realize that her favorite caller to her talk show, "My Foolish Heart", is her next door neighbor. After beginning this novel, I came down with a bad cold. Unlike some books, this one actually cheered me up, was easy to read, and helped occupy some of my time. At first, I thought the book would simply be a fun, romantic comedy. But don't let the title fool you. That's not all. There are many great lessons to be learned from this book. Forgiveness. Being honest. The importance of good character. Never giving up. If I had to sum up the book in one word, it just might be this one: overcoming. Overcoming your past. Overcoming mistakes. Overcoming fears. Overcoming obstacles. I didn't want this novel to end_but alas, it did. And it was a nice ending :).
~I received this book free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.
I was recently reading a blog where this book was reviewed and decided I would see for myself. I'm usually not big on romance but this book was realistic and carries a message on faith.
Four screwed up people who know right from wrong and want to do the right thing but they are relying on their own self instead of God. Through fear and tragedy see how their lives work out once God is in the picture.
Just finished reading two suspense stories by Susan Warren and couldn't wait to read another book by Susan! Point of No Return and Mission out of Control were so good I couldn't wait for the review copy of this book.
The story starts out with a bang! A serious car crash happens right in front of the main character's house! Issy starts to panic. Memories of her deadly car crash start flooding her emotions and remind her why she hasn't stepped out of her house in two years.
Susan has several lovable, colorful, and wounded characters in this story. One of them is Caleb Knight who's just moved to town and is seeking the football coaching position. He happens to live next to Issy who's trapped in her house. He's been wounded in war and knows all too well about disappointments. But he's a fighter. He says to her, "We all could be trapped in our past if it wasn't for the perfect love of God - He's the only one that can set us free- My injury made me work harder and think about my life and how I wanted to live. It made me see God spared me. And it made me reach beyond myself."
Susan May Warren is a very talented and creative author that has the skill to write in many different genres so well. She has the ability to make your heart race in the suspense-mystery books she writes. Then she has you feel the pain, have compassion for the characters in My Foolish Heart and cheer for the cast as they let God heal their hearts, set them free and help them live beyond what they thought they were capable of. I really enjoyed My Foolish Heart, its characters, their situations and the strong believable spiritual thread. It was humorous, hopeful and an inspiring read. I'll definitely be reading more of Susan's books in the future!
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I got a delicious thrill every time I opened this book. That may sound strange and I can't quite put my finger on why but I was just plain excited every time I started to read. I can totally see this play out on the big screen -- it's the kind of feel good, triumphant story with a mega football game ending that would move you to tears in the theater. Honestly, it would be a hit at the box office.
Football? I HATE football. I don't understand it, don't want to and have absolutely no interest in anyone who does...until Caleb...and Issy. I actually read the football talk! I actually got the football jargon! That in itself is a miracle!
You will meet the most endearing furry, four-footed beast in the pages of this book. Roger/Duncan provides humour and comfort and a major goosebump moment. And secondary characters who steal the spotlight at times as they struggle...and conquer...their own troubled pasts.
And then there's Issy. Warren approached her condition with compassion and understanding and somehow got into Issy's heart and then shared it with her readers. I was really touched by Issy's struggle and paralleled it with some of my own. Not that I have ever suffered from a full blown panic attack, but I have certainly experienced selected 'mini' ones. Haven't we all? And being able to connect with that and watch Issy's battle somehow made me feel stronger too.
This is a wonderful, inspiring read and one you won't want to miss!
I have three things to say about this book - football, donuts, and romance!!!! If you love any of these elements or like me, all three, this is a must read story. Susan May Warren has never disappointed me and I've read a lot of her books. I don't think anyone has her style and ability to write a serious WWII romance, then write a contemporary mystery and return to the fun contemporary style that I've grown to love with a book like My Foolish Heart.
This is my first time visiting Deep Haven but it will most definitely not be my last. Everything about this book captured my heart, from the dog with two names to the boy next door hero with a gridiron loving heart of gold. The details in this story are amazing as well. I dare you to open this book and not smell the donuts frying or hear the crunch of football pads. It could be the insane love I have for donuts that I mentioned above but I think it's the gifted Ms. Warren that's to blame for making me feel like I could step out the door and into World's Best Donuts. What a world!
However excellent a job an author does at making one feel as if they've visited their fictional worlds a story is not worth reading unless the characters who populate the town are believable as well. I'm happy to say one dimensional and bland characters are not a problem here. Issy, our reclusive radio host is sweet and of course romantic but she's far from perfect. One can't help but really feel connected to Issy and her fears. At some point in time I'm sure we've all wanted to crawl under the piano and hide from the world. As for Caleb Knight, he's definitely got my vote for title of "Knight in Shining Armor!" He himself is not without issues both emotionally and physically but he's such a great compliment to Isadora.
All in all Issy and Caleb make for a winning team and My Foolish Heart is a book worthy of championship status on any "keeper" shelf. I highly recommend this sigh-inducing romance to Susan May Warren fans and Christian romance readers everywhere. Who knows? maybe you can get your hubby or boyfriends to read this one!
*Thanks to the publisher and Litfuse for providing my complimentary review copy for the tour.*