February 24, 2015

"Paper Hearts"
Courtney Walsh

Abigail Pressman never would have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could 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 arrives, 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 was intrigued by this book from the beginning.  Probably because I'm a hopeless romantic and was curious about the story behind the paper hearts.  

The first few chapters were a bit slow for me and really the beginning of the whole story was slow.  I was anxious to read about these paper hearts and they weren't even mentioned until about a third of the way through the book.  

Jacob was a bit annoying as he wasn't man enough to stand up for himself and for what was right.  He did eventually, so I guess we can give him partial credit.  What really bothered me was that he let a flashy woman he didn't even really care about do the pushing around.  

My favorite character was Ursula.  She seemed a bit crusty, but had everyone's best interests at heart, mainly Abigail's.  

"Paper Hearts" was a sweet story and was an relaxing read.  At times it was predictable, but still enjoyable.  

What I liked most about this book was the whole idea of the paper hearts.  It's very sweet, romantic and sentimental, although I would keep my paper hearts.  

 Read more about the book here.  


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