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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trust My Heart-Carol J. Post-Book Review

                                                     
About the book (provided by Litfuse)
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…
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What I thought . . . 
I had mixed feelings about this book.  I struggled a bit to finish it. 
By the time I was over 3/4's through it I began to really be interested.  

It is filled with interesting and quirky characters that tend to 'make' the story.  

This is a typical romance.  Boy meets girl.  Boy doesn't want to 
get involved etc., etc., etc.  Finally they get involved then something causes them to split., etc., etc., etc.  
Predictable.  Yes.  
But fun and a bit humorous.
 It also has a great message.
As I finished reading I honestly realized I really did like this story.  
I wasn't too attracted to Grant the main man.  I frankly thought he just needed to 'give it up' and move on.  After a broken marriage he struggles to 'move on'.  

Until he meets Jami in the small town where his parents grew up.
Jami's character is sweet 'a bit' quirky and honestly good.   
She has some baggage and hidden dreams that come out.   

Grant encourages Jami to strive to fulfill her dreams.  She encourages him too.

Both their dreams are fulfilled by the end which is good.  But I was left wanting more.  

Although the author; I admit did a great job of tying the romance and the subplots together into a fun story I would have enjoyed the book alot more if there had been an Epilogue where the couples dreams come to fruition.  Their dreams were a huge part of their stories and their characters.

I would love to see a series.  I was captured more by the sub characters than the main characters.  

I enjoyed reading Trust My Heart and would read more if there was a series.  

I visited the authors page after writing this review.  I was thrilled to see that Trust My Heart is indeed book one of  the Murphy Series.  I wish that there had been some indication in the book that there will be a series.

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
This review will be posted at My Journey Back. 
This review will be posted at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBC, and Good reads. 

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