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February 3, 2015

Paper Hearts {Courtney Walsh}

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

paper hearts by courtney walsh
Abigail Pressman never would have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could challenge her doubts about romance. A business owner in a quaint tourist town, she dreams of expanding. But lately, she's more focused on 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 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.

As she fights a growing attraction to this man intent on 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 arrives, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail's doubts, or could it rescue her dreams... and her heart?

My Thoughts:
In short, I want to move to Love's Park and spend my days writing on paper hearts.

From the very first line of this book, I was hooked. Abigail runs the local bookstore, The Book Nook, (seriously, can I just hang out there all day?). She is content with being single, but her mom is determined to go to any extreme to find her daughter a man.

Dr. Jacob Willoughby has moved to town to start over following the sketchy death of his wife. He is determined to make a new life for his new daughter, and seems to not have a care who tries to get in his way.

The first moment Abigail and Jacob met, I just knew they were going to wind up together. But oh, the obstacles they had to hop over to finally get there. From Jacob's diva business manager, to accidents, to a full out media war - this couple really had things working against them.

But they both found their way back to God. Isn't it amazing how things just seems to fall into place when you finally just chill and let God do his thing?

The ending of this story was a big surprise, but it was so perfectly sweet. I love a good, happy ending and I got my love with this book.

Courtney Walsh is an author, artist, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at