Saturday, June 18, 2011

My Foolish Heart

Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
April 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3482-0
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Isadora Presley is the host of My Foolish Heart, a talk radio show dedicated to help the lovelorn find love. Ever since her parents had an accident, one that killed her mother, and left her dad a virtual vegetable, Issy has kept to her home, afraid to even leave her yard. Recently, Issy has ventured out enough to run around the block, or across the street to the library, but even going to the grocery store causes Issy to have a panic attack.

Caleb Knight is an injured war hero. He lost his leg, and very nearly his life, when a bomb exploded in Iraq. Now, he is hoping to get a job as the football coach in Deep Haven. He’s already been hired on as a teacher, but the board is undecided between Caleb and another man, their former star quarterback, Seb, to fill the job as coach. To help make a decision, the board decides to have Seb and Caleb have a little competition.

Issy and Caleb didn’t exactly get off on the right foot. Issy is angry that he is parking on her pansies, and not mowing his lawn, and it’s even worse when a dog she believes is his breaks her glass door. Caleb wants to win her friendship, so he turns to Miss Foolish Heart to help him. Can a woman who never had a date really help the boy next door find love?

MY FOOLISH HEART is a new book in Ms. Warren’s Deep Haven series, but it easily stands alone. Previous characters do make appearances in this book though. I easily fell in love with both Issy and Caleb, and wanted them both to get past their disabilities, their baggage, and their fears and find freedom in living their lives the way God intended, in addition to finding love.

Ms. Warren is a stellar writer who knows how to bring characters to life, to let you feel their pain, agony, hopes, and desires. I highly recommend MY FOOLISH HEART or any of Ms. Warren’s books. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. 361 pages.

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