A Colorado senator’s wife, Evelyn Brandt seems to have it all. But her carefully constructed life comes toppling down when the FBI crashes her society brunch with news that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement, and he’s far from repentant. It turns out this was only the start of his indiscretions—for which he has little regret. As the weeks following the scandal turn into months, Evelyn withdraws, even shirking her duties with the philanthropic Valentine Volunteers. The inquisitive women of the group are determined not to let Evelyn’s divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the city’s iconic lamppost hearts. But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husband’s former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be close—and he’s been letting her hide in his guesthouse—his gruffness conveys his unease with the situation.
Amid the beauty of Trevor’s farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politician’s wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friend—and his own mistakes—stole his chance. Possibilities for a new beginning emerge, but long-kept secrets threaten to ruin everything. After so much time, is a change of heart too much to hope for?
MY REVIEW- What a delightfully intriguing story I found inside the pages of Courtney Walsh's new book, Change of Heart! I have read the first novel, Paper Hearts, and when this one popped up for review, I knew I had to request it. When it arrived I put it on the shelf because I try to keep them in order of what needs reviewed first, but I couldn't stay away for long.
The cover is amazing and would draw me in, even if I didn't know how talented of an author Courtney is. The book centers on Evelyn Brandt, whose husband Christopher is arrested for fraud and embezzlement, as well as Trevor Whitney, farmer and woodworker extraordinaire. Trevor I found to be a different kind of hero. He is sullen, moody and withdrawn, a big change from most of the tough guy leads that we see so often. I loved watching Evelyn change from who she had become as a politician's wife to the woman she used to be. A free spirit and quite skillful with her painting. This is the second book I have read recently with someone going back to drawing and I enjoyed seeing it in both of the stories. There are several secondary characters who are delightful such as Lillian, Trevor's aunt, Casey and Marin, as well as the older ladies, the Valentine Volunteers, who are in charge of the Sweetheart Banquet. Full of wisdom but not always the most tactful :) This book deals with some tough situations and I applaud Mrs Walsh for her plot. An excellent page turner!!
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