Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

Book description:

Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.

As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

My review:

I thought I would like this book a lot more than I actually did.  I had a really hard time connecting with the characters and the plot was fairly predictable.  It would have been nice to have a little bit more “meat” in the story.

One of the things I was most curious about in the story was Abigail’s father and why he left the family.  It was never revealed, which was disappointing.  It also seemed to me that Walsh included elements of conflict, trying to create tension in the book, without fully developing it.  Kate, Kelly, and Gwen’s mother all had interesting facets to their characters, but it was almost like they were introduced too quickly and resolved too quickly.

It isn’t often that I put a book down while in the midst of it and then have to force myself to pick it back up, but this one I never felt that compulsion to finish it to find out what was going to happen.  I just didn’t have that connection to the characters.

However, I do have to say that on a positive note, the idea of the paper hearts is awesome!  What a great idea to keep your focus on the good qualities of your partner in the midst of trials and disagreements that pop up throughout the year.  I had never heard of the idea of writing positive things down on paper and then presenting it to your spouse on Valentine’s Day.  It is a great idea on keeping the love and commitment alive year after year.

If you love light romances that you can read without thinking about too much, this might be a good choice.  Other readers might connect with the characters in ways that I did not and really love the book.  If you would like to check out a trailer for the book, please click on the link from the publisher below:

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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