A Foolish Heart?

by Anna Blanch on June 3, 2011

foolish heart goannatreeA woman with psychological scars hosts a radio show for the lovelorn, daughter of the former highschool football coach, meets handsome new guy in town who happens to be vying for the highschool coaching job. Oh, and he’s moved in next door. While the woman’s best friend, now owner of the local Donut shop ,comes face to face with the guy who broke her heart in highschool where he was a state championship winning quarterback and was headed off to the big bad world before coming a massive cropper and ending up back in Deep Haven, the locus of the action, vying for the coaching job at his old highschool. And going head to head with the new guy in town.

If it sounds like Friday Night Lights crossed with One Tree Hill then you’re not far off.

Susan May Warren’s My Foolish Heart is the book up for review today!

I don’t make a habit of reading Christian romance. Actually i don’t make a habit of reading romance at all….but there you go. Sometimes a book comes your way as a reviewer that makes you realise that it’s important to reserve judgment until after you’ve given it a chance.

So? What did I think?

Not half bad. Susan May Warren can write, certainly. The story idea is made for Hallmark and would probably make a great Stephen Kendrick movie (Director of Fireproof and They Will be Giants), but it made me smile. There weren’t any plot twists or suprises. It was pretty straight forward in terms of narrative development. But, there was something sweetly redemptive about it all.

corny? yes, there are some really corny moments. There’s also a sweetness to the novel that’s compelling. It’s a book that would travel well as you head off on a plan trip or need something light after a long week or while on vacation.

I will say that while I appreciate Susan May Warren’s approach and her desire to be identifiably a Christian novelist, sometimes her employment of scripture and some of the more expository are didactic at best and detract from what is otherwise a story that rolls along well. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that I disagree with her use of scripture, it’s that one starts to wonder how much this novel is intended to be a moral tale first and foremost, rather than crafting a story rich in imagery which has characterisation and plot at its heart. I will say that getting glimpses into the heart and life of Coach Presley through his playbook was quite masterful.

 

About the book: My Foolish heart

foolish heart goannatreeUnknown to her tiny town of Deep Haven, Isadora Presley spends her nights as Miss Foolish Heart, the star host of a syndicated talk radio show. Millions tune in to hear her advice on dating and falling in love, unaware that she’s never really done either. Issy’s ratings soar when it seems she’s falling in love on-air with a caller. A caller she doesn’t realize lives right next door.

Caleb Knight served a tour of duty in Iraq and paid a steep price. The last thing he wants is pity, so he hides his disability and moves to Deep Haven to land his dream job as the high school football coach. When his beautiful neighbor catches his eye, in a moment of desperation he seeks advice from My Foolish Heart, the show that airs before his favorite sports broadcast.

Before he knows it, Caleb finds himself drawn to the host—and more confused than ever. Is his perfect love the woman on the radio . . . or the one next door?

Read an excerpt here: http://www.susanmaywarren.com/novels/contemporary-romance/

Link to buy the book.

About Susan: Susan May Warren is an award-winning, best-selling author of over twenty-five novels, many of which have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, the ACFW Book of the Year award, the Rita Award, and have been Christy finalists. After serving as a missionary for eight years in Russia, Susan returned home to a small town on Minnesota’s beautiful Lake Superior shore where she, her four children, and her husband are active in their local church.

Susan’s larger than life characters and layered plots have won her acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. A seasoned women’s events and retreats speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!. She is also the founder ofwww.MyBookTherapy.com, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

Susan makes her home in northern Minnesota, where she is busy cheering on her two sons in football, and her daughter in local theater productions (and desperately missing her college-age son!) A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at:www.susanmaywarren.com.

This post is part of a Litfuse Blog Tour; A copy of this book was provided to the reviewer. See my disclosure for more information.

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