Just in time for Valentine’s Day, author Courtney Walsh’s new book Paper Hearts delivers a love story that is bound to inspire you to start a new tradition. This book totally has a Ya-Ya Sisterhood meets Letters to Juliet meets You’ve Got Mail kind of feel. I always adore a good love story and this book is definitely one. However, it is also about overcoming loss, disappointment, and starting all over again.
From the back cover:
Abigail Pressman never would have guessed that love notes penned on paper heats by an anonymous couple would 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 arrive, 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?
I really loved this book for the struggle the characters walk through. True to life, love and happiness are not always easy to come by. Especially when we feel tied to one outcome and attempt to force our perfect ending. I also enjoyed the idea of writing paper hearts throughout the year and gifting them to your spouse on Valentine’s Day. It is a special way to show love without spending a fortune. We already do a version of this with our kids. Starting a month before Valentine’s Day we stick paper hearts nightly on our children’s door with words describing all the things we love about them.
It makes total sense to do this for your spouse! I love the idea. Here is a sweet video created by Tyndale House Publishing to inspire your own heart writing.
I give Paper Hearts four stars for its tradition inspiring love story. While I would have loved to see more interaction and conversation between Abigail and the handsome doctor, I still found this book enjoyable and worth reading. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher, Tyndale House, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.