Warren has done it again with this complex, heartwarming story of facing fears, forgiveness, and love's potential! Issy Presley lives a double life. By day the town's people know her as a recluse struggling with PTSD after a tragic car accident killed her mother and severely wounded her beloved father. At night however, millions adore her as "Miss Foolish Heart", on-air personality and host of a call-in radio show dishing out advice about dating and love. Caleb Knight has had his own share of heartache after enduring vicious injuries from his military service in Iraq. Caleb moves to Deep Haven hoping to land his dream job as the high school's new football coach when he notices Issy, his beautiful neighbor. When his attempts at capturing Issy's attention fail, Caleb calls in to the radio show on a whim seeking advice from Miss Foolish Heart as a caller coined as "BoyNextDoor". BoyNextDoor's calls become a frequent occurrence, creating an on-air attraction with Miss Foolish Heart. Meanwhile, Caleb and Issy finally begin spending time together and a spark of attraction begins without either knowing the other's relation to the radio show. After a series of events, Caleb discovers that Miss Foolish Heart and Issy are one in the same and confronts her bearing his heart and feelings. Both have to overcome their fears and insecurities as they take tentative steps toward love.
As is common with Warren's writings, readers will be delighted to find a second story plot threaded through the novel involving Lucy- Issy's best friend- and Seb- Lucy's once-high-school-sweetheart. After many years of being gone, Seb returns to Deep Haven as a broken man hoping to redeem himself. Seb and Caleb soon learn that they are competing for the same coaching position sparring a friendly, "may the best man win" rivalry. Seb also hopes to reconnect with Lucy, but first he has to break down the barriers surrounding her affections she erected after Seb broke her heart in high school.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly and love the way Warren effortlessly takes multiple plot lines and intertwines them seamlessly. The two romances had equally challenging hurdles, and each character was haunted by past events that impeded their futures. Readers will embrace the imperfect characters who find hope in God's never ending grace.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated in any way by the publisher or author.
Susan May Warren is my favorite contemporary fiction writer which I discovered with this book. Usually, I am bored with anything that isn't historical fiction, but her characters are very well-rounded and real. The hero in this book is a man who suffers from PTSD which really interested me as a military wife and veteran. The story was a bit predictable but not too much so, and I liked seeing how the author showed both Isadora and Caleb overcoming their issues and finding healing. I don't generally like a story that features "wounded" people but Susan May Warren writes amazingly and the story was both charming and inspiring, and I also love the Deep Haven setting of her most recent novels. Highly recommend!
My Foolish Heart is book 4 in the Deep Haven series by Susan May Warren.
Issy was raise in Deep Haven, the daughter of the football coach. She was with her parents when they were hit by a semi. Her father was severely injured and is living in a nursing facility. Her mother was killed in the crash that changed Issy's life. Issy suffers panic attacks and is afraid to leave her home. She developed a career for herself by having an online talk show giving romance advice.
Caleb, a disabled veteran, is new in town. He is renting a house next to Issy. He has been hired to teach at the high school and is one of 2 candidates for the coaching position. Caleb calls into the talk show and gets advice. Neither of them knows they are talking to each other.
As in the other stories, there is a dog that is one of the main characters. And characters from past books are brought in as well. This is a really good series. The books are really easy reading, just enough mystery to make me want to keep reading them.
I'd always wanted to read this. Ever since I saw the cover and read the synopsis, I knew it seemed like the perfect story for one of my romantic moods. You know, the kind that makes you crave chocolate and a late night.
Anyways... I was right. For a whole lazy Sunday afternoon, I did nothing but drink cold lemonade and lay under my desk with a pile of pillows, while I let Susan May Warren take me to Deep Haven. I don't think I moved until the book was done.
It wasn't anything extraordinary. This was a story of four broken people trying to get their life back on track. However, it was sprinkled with just enough humor, depth, and romance to make it a journey worth taking.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who's looking to discover the next piece of classic Christian fiction. But if you ever find yourself needing a piece of fun, contemporary romance, then don't miss this novel. I may look back and wonder why I was crazy enough to give this five stars, but something about this book just got to me. I don't know, maybe I've got a foolish heart too...