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November 10, 2016

Trust my Heart {Carol J Post}

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Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…

My Thoughts:
This was my first book from this author, but one book and I have become a fan.

Grant is such a complex character. Warm and loving one minute, harsh and cold the next. We begin the book feeling bad for him because of the way his grandparents treated him. But soon we learn the truth and my heart completely melted for him. Such a sad situation and missing so much in life, I was hopeful he would find a way to make it all alright in his heart.

Jami is a girl easy to like. She has returned to a town that obviously knows her well and has been accepted right back into life. She had heartache growing up but she found the love of God and seems to be doing well despite her childhood. I wanted so badly for her and Grant to become a couple, and each time things got messed up I was so disappointed.

These characters have a common thread in God. Although it takes one of them a little longer to get there, we see God work in their lives to erase years of pain and bring them a future of joy. The way they encourage one another and continue to turn to God was amazing. I loved these characters, this town, and their story.

From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol's resume reads as if she doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She currently pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.

Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund. 

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