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.
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren is the fourth book in the Deep Haven Christian romance series that takes place in the fictional titular town in northern Minnesota. Isadora Presley's life ended as she knew it the day of a terrible car accident when she watched her mother die in her arms and that left her father a quadriplegic. Giving up her big city dreams of being a news anchor, Issy became trapped in her own house, afraid to even cross the street, petrified of what could happen outside the safety of home. She began airing podcasts as Miss Foolish Heart offering romantic advice to her listeners despite her lack of ever having a love life. When new neighbor Caleb Knight moves in next door to take on her father's former position as high school football coach, he has big shoes to fill within the town that was led to several state championships by the beloved Coach Presley. Caleb has his own ghosts of the past. While serving with the National Guard in Iraq, he lost part of his leg and suffered burns over part of his body. He is desperate to earn the position of football coach without letting anyone know about his missing leg. He doesn't want sympathy; he wants to serve God as he feels he was saved for a purpose. Issy and Caleb quickly clash over a stray dog and his lack of lawn care, but they connect on Issy's radio show, without either of them recognizing it. Warren has written a sweet romance with unexpected depth. Issy and Caleb are both deeply wounded and certain they are unworthy of love, yet God has something better in mind for both of them. There's a definite touch of The Shop Around the Corner or You've Got Mail to the comedy of errors storyline. The city of Deep Haven is its own character in the book, and while Caleb and Issy fall in love with each other, readers will be falling in love with Deep Haven.
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.