Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

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Paper Hearts

I was expecting something sweet and engaging, and that is exactly what this story delivered. Perfect timing for renewing and encouraging a belief in love, Courtney Walsh has brought us Abigail: a bit career-obsessed, skeptical about love and romance, and believing herself fully grounded in the ‘reality’ of the world.  But, an anonymous couple is leaving paper hearts which carry love notes all over town, the Valentine Volunteers are out in full matchmaking force and Love’s Park is inundated with mail to be stamped with their postmark and sent on for Valentine’s Day.  Just how long can Abigail resist the flavor of love in the air?

With just enough angst to keep Abigail interesting, her reluctance to all things romance over her concerns about her book shop: both expanding and a potential battle over her lease, the last thing she wants or needs is to be shanghaied into the Valentine Volunteers: but she realizes the importance of participation. With the paper hearts appearing all over town, the anonymous couple is rekindling thoughts of love for everyone – and surprisingly (to us and her) Abigail is not immune.

The conflict is mostly centered in Abigail: first with Jacob, a handsome doctor, new to town, and new owner of the building that houses her store. His plans to make a new start for himself and his daughter by using the new building for his medical practice instantly puts him at odds with Abigail. But, she isn’t 100% certain she’ll stay: her book shop is a way to hold on to and possibly thumb her nose at, her father that abandoned the family years ago. Couple that with the ‘love in the air’ theme, and the building attraction for Jacob and you have a series of issue ripe for sorting out.

Descriptions and dialogue are wonderful, and while the characters are quite ‘back and forth’ in their behaviors causing me to have moments of truly disliking their attitudes and behavior, the story held a sweet overlay that dances between saccharine and sentimental. And neither of these are bad things, sometimes you just want that candy floss everything sorts out in the end with a happy smile sort of read. Courtney Walsh delivers just that with a solid sense of Love’s Park, the mystery surrounding the ‘love note couple’ and the twists that finally bring all of the characters a new perspective on the importance of love.

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh

Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Courtney Walsh
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published on: 18 December, 2014
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 416
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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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?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Courtney Walsh

Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooking expert, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was released in February, 2012 by Guideposts Books, and will be followed by two additional novels in the series. She has also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper and is currently working on her third, The Scrapcrafter’s Idea Book (F&W Publications, February, 2013.)

Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum, newsletters and other publications. She has also written several full-length musicals, including her most recent, The Great American Tall Tales and Hercules for Christian Youth Theatre, Chicago. Courtney is a member of ACFW and is the current PR Manager for Webster’s Pages, a scrapbooking manufacturer. She lives in Colorado with her ultra creative husband and three children.

 

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