“Takes a whole lotta strength to give the thing you want most over to God, not knowing whether he will give it back to you,” Trevor is told in Courtney Walsh’s novel, Change of Heart.
~ What ~
The second book in the Paper Hearts series, this four-hundred-and-sixteen-page book targets those who enjoy Christian romance and relationship dynamics. With no profanity, adult topics of physical abuse, infidelity, and divorce may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this continuing story set in a small town in Colorado where the nosey Valentine Volunteers love to match-make, Evelyn Brant is taken by surprise when her husband is jailed for embezzlement. To further damage her reputation, she is also accused by the community. Learning about her husband’s many indiscretions, she files for divorce while staying at Trevor Whitney’s working farm. Trevor, who used to be Evelyn’s friend in high school, has hidden his love for her while being her husband’s best friend, never telling her what he knows.
With the backdrop of the town’s wooden hearts program, the wood carver and artist are awkwardly thrown together with the help of the Volunteers. As the two battle their pasts and try to move on, both must figure out what is important and what is not as they surrender to God’s will.
With the theme of hearts and second chances in life, the romance shows how shame and insecurity holds one back when it comes to love. I like how the tale explained God helps us deal with our past mistakes to make us a better person.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Christian romance will pass on this story that promotes trusting and surrendering to God. Although it can be read as a stand-alone book, starting with the first book in the series to know the characters better is recommended. Having read the prior book, I found this one had the main characters a little wishy-washy and apologetic at every turn.
~ Who ~
Author Walsh is also an artist and playwright who lives in Illinois with her husband and children. This is her fifth novel.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like a series of Valentine romance that focuses on second chances no matter what kind of mistakes have been made, this may be a quick but predictable read of forgiveness and surrendering.
Thanks to Tyndale House for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on my honest opinion.
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