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Change of Heart #2 in the Paper Heart series, by Courtney Walsh
Evelyn Brandt was a talented artist before she became the wife of a Colorado Senetor. The majority of her time was spent volunteering for society functions. Her life fell apart when the FBI informed her that her husband was arrested for embezzlement. It turned out to be a long drawn out scandal that would end in divorce. Throughout that process her friends suggest she use her artistic talent to redesign the city's lampposts. Trevor Whitney is involved in that project and was once close with Evelyn. He let her stay in his guest house and the two became close for a second time. Is a new beginning a possibility? Will there be a change of heart?
Vendor: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Series: Paper Hearts
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 Evelyns divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the citys iconic lamppost hearts. But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husbands former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be closeand hes been letting her hide in his guesthousehis gruffness conveys his unease with the situation.
Amid the beauty of Trevors farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politicians wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friendand his own mistakesstole 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?
KatyTennesseeGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Contemporary romanceFebruary 15, 2017KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Change of Heart is a contemporary romance, but it is much more than that. It deals with many current issues facing women today. I love the main characters, Evelyn and Trevor. They are well developed and seem like real people. I appreciated Evelyn's journey of self-discovery and Trevor's growth into a more complete individual. The secondary characters are interesting and quirky, so they add quite a bit to the overall story. We met many of them in the book, Paper Hearts, but it isn't necessary to read the preceding book. I do think reading the first book gives the reader a better visualization of the lovely, small town setting. If you enjoy a romance that has depth and contemporary issues, I think you will enjoy this book.
Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very goodFebruary 7, 2017Virginiaupstate NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Evelyn Brandt, wife of a Colorado senator, is shocked when she learns that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement. She quickly learns who her real friends are, including Trevor, her husband's former best friend, and that God has not forsaken her. I thought this was a good book. I liked seeing characters from the author's previous novel, Paper Hearts, make an appearance, though this book can be read as a stand alone novel.
beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love, Love, LovedJanuary 25, 2017beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Yes. The author definitely delivered once again and I was captivated with this story. This was definitely a page turner, can't put down kind of book. Most certainly met all my criteria for a five star book!
nkwbookreviewer4 Stars Out Of 5Contemporary Christian RomanceSeptember 20, 2016nkwbookreviewerQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Change of Heart is the second book in author Courtney Walsh's Paper Heart Series. This 416 page contemporary Christian romance is published by Tyndale House Publishers. It has adventure, intrigue, romance, and inspiration.
This is the story of Evelyn "Evie" Brandt and Trevor Whitney. Evie is the exwife of Senator Christopher Brandt. He is being investigated for embezzlement by the FBI who show up just when she is hosting an important luncheon. Trevor has had feelings for Evie since they were in high school but she married his former best friend so he buried the feelings. Evie goes to his farm to stay at his guest house during this turbulent time, prompted by his aunt. There is a guest house on it which is where she stays. She rediscovers herself there.
This is their love story. It is a story of second chances and love. There are twists and turns making this page turner so interesting. Messages of inspiration and scripture are woven in this romance wonderfully. It teaches readers to rely on God, that He makes all things new, and a wealth of other beautiful lessons. The importance of volunteering is broached as are the topics of depression, alcohol, and scandal. All are handled well.
The author has a nice writing style. It is very easy to follow her story and dialogue. Her plot is well thought, organized and written so that I was immediately invested in the characters and story. The characters are realistic, imperfect, lovable and become friends of mine. Some are feisty while other characters are unlikable. I loved sassy Ursula. The farm descriptions are vivid and took me there. I could feel the peacefulness and freshness there.
I would recommend this book. This was a great Christian contemporary romance. It even has discussion questions which make it perfect for a reading group. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for my honest review.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Recapturing One's DreamsJuly 3, 2016AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Change of Heart, second in the Paper Heart series by Courtney Walsh is a book of broken dreams and second chancesa wonderful fusion of faith and friendship during the chaos and tumult of a life turned on end. Evie, a wealthy politician's wife has her well-ordered world as a trophy wife shattered when her self-serving husband is arrested for embezzling. She is a woman who looks put together but no one would guess that within, shes falling apart. Trevor who has loved Evie since high-school comes to the rescue but with much angst and soul-searching. Can he trust his God to help him navigate the consequences of the choices he has made? Secrets abound and hard decisions must be made. The author brings her characters to life very realistically and the story flows well and has a few twists and turns, keeping the reader's interest high. There is a bit of humor throughout as the Valentine Volunteers, a group of Evies friends, are back in the matchmaking game. Change of Heart is a story of forgiveness and grace and recognizing that no matter what is going on in our lives, Gods love is constant.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.