Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Foolish Heart

The latest from Susan May Warren is My Foolish Heart, from the Deep Haven series of books set in northern Minnesota.

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About the Book:

Unknown 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:

About the Author:

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, 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:

Pattie's Review:

I really enjoyed this book. There's something about Susan May Warren's writing that is engaging from the beginning. I think part of it is the strong sense of place--small-town Minnesota--that draws me in as a reader and grabs my attention.

The characters are also wonderful. Issy's agoraphobia is understandable in that it is something that engulfs her and controls her life. I'm glad the author allows her the opportunity to naturally push that boundary when the time and circumstances seem right--but also that Issy is seeing a counselor. Sometimes we need professional help to get past the major events in our lives, and there is no shame in that.

Caleb is a likeable Iraq veteran with something to prove--and while he might not go about it the proper way, he is certainly tenacious in his goals.

The world of internet radio is explored here, and it is an interesting one for sure. I don't think I've ever really done more than listen to a handful of rebroadcasts over the years.

Susan May Warren always has faith in her fiction, and it is never preachy or forced.

For fans of Christian fiction, I recommend this book and any by Susan May Warren.

This book says "Deep Haven Book 4" but you don't have to have read any of them to enjoy this book. In fact, it's been 2 1/2 years since I read The Perfect Match and I'd forgotten a lot of it! But reading the other three is not a prerequisite to enjoying My Foolish Heart.

Thank you to LitFuse for a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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