Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh is a delightful contemporary romance. The back cover reads:
"Could the loss of her dream lead to her happily ever after?
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?"
Now, I'll be honest - I'm not usually a big contemporary romance novel fan. However, I just had to pick up Paper Hearts because the cover was so gorgeous and compelling and the story sounded intriguing - so I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm so glad I did! Just in time for Valentine's Day, here is the perfect book to cozy up with. Grab a cup of coffee, some fuzzy socks, a blanket, and some chocolates and lose yourself in the fabulously quirky world of Loves Park, where every day is Valentine's Day. I was drawn in from the very first page and just couldn't put this one down. The dialogue is witty and brilliant, and the descriptions vivid. Not your typical cheesy romance novel at all - sweet as sugar, but with enough plot twists and quirky characters to keep those pages turning - and to keep it from becoming predictable and boring. This book is anything but the formulaic romance novel This is a must read. I was sad to leave Abigail's world, Loves Park, and the Book Nook - I'll definitely be looking for more books from Courtney Walsh!
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.