Title: Change of Heart
by Courtney Walsh
about the book…
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?
In spite of knowing what this book was about before I read it (back cover), I really wanted to read it, because I love this author’s books!
The story is well written. Characters were realistic, and the setting was excellent.
I did not enjoy this story as much as others of hers that I have read, simply because of the underlying issues–the entire romance (or non existence thereof) of Whit & Evelyn centered around her divorce. Because I don’t think that divorce belongs in a Christian fiction novel, I don’t like to be reading a book and find myself ‘wanting’ them to divorce to find their happily ever after.
I do think this book is very relevant today, it deals with very real life issues.
And some times marriages should not have happened at all.
People find themselves in those hard places in life. God does not give up on us, He always offers hope, and He wants us to find ourselves in Him.