Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and 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 paper 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 to expand his practice.
As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man 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 reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, “A Sweethaven Summer,” hit the “New York Times” and “USA Today” e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven Summer series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.
Paper Hearts is pure delight from start to finish!
Loves Park is a small town built on love and romance. There’s even a group of semi-meddling women, the Valentine Volunteers who play part-time Cupid as letters pour in from lovers and the broken-hearted.
Abigail Pressman (granddaughter of the town’s tender hearted founders) has been unlucky in love so far and every one in town just knows she’s destined to be a lonely spinster. But Abigail has more on her heart than finding her happily ever after…like expanding her beloved bookstore, The Book Nook.
Her new landlord…Jacob Willoughby, the handsome doctor who’s new to town is threatening to send Abigail’s dreams crashing to the ground with plans of his own.
The author has done a fabulous job of creating an entire town of characters…this story really comes to life in full color on the page!
I could empathize with Abigail and her frustration at Jacob and his pushy business partner Kelly (ugh! just read the book and you’ll understand). I loved the tender moments between Jacob and his daughter Junie (tissues, please!) I LOVE the Book Nook (I want to live here!!!) there were very hilarious and eye-rolling moments with Teensy (Abigail’s some-what overbearing mother) and the ladies of the Valentine Volunteers (Ursula!!! again….read the book and you’ll understand!)
This book make me “feel” and when a book can do that…it’s an extraordinary thing. When an author can suck me in like this, it is a rare thing. This is such a sweet story, but I think the thing that makes Paper Hearts so special is that Abigail and Jacob are both dealing with their own pain and heart-ache and are not necessarily looking for love. They both have issues with God and question His silence.
I believe GiGi said it best…”the very best love stories are the ones that are flawed and full of forgiveness and pain and joy and challenges and happiness. All these things make up a love story.”
I would love to see more books in Loves Park from Courtney:)
*****5/5 STARS- LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!*****