Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.
The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.
After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore---much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant's fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.
The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there's healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what's needed to finally guide him home...
Trust My Heart is a pleasant romance featuring a town full of quirky characters—think Gilmore Girls or virtually any Hallmark movie set in a small town. Notoriously awful matchmaker Bernie and gruff shop owner Hank were two of my favorites, especially when they found themselves victims of a matchmaking scheme. I could have read a whole novel focused on those two, and I eagerly anticipated learning more of their story.
The romance between Grant and Jami was nice enough, if predictable, and though it was the focus of the novel, I enjoyed other aspects more, such as the mystery behind Grant's grandparents and the previously mentioned Bernie-Hank relationship. In fact, I was disappointed that Grant's late grandparents didn't factor into the novel more.
One aspect of the novel that bothered me was how quick Grant was to run. I understand that he had some trust issues—for good reason—but this was a case of "just talk about it already" syndrome. Every conflict with Jami could have been easily resolved if he just would have talked to her about things. I also thought Jami was a little slow to figure things out at times—especially in one pivotal scene near the end of the novel. I can't say much without spoiling things, so I'll just say that Jami had all the pieces to the puzzle yet didn't figure things out ... and, as a reporter, she should have.
Trust My Heart is a nice enough romance novel. The kisses are certainly sigh-inducing, and the story progresses to a satisfying conclusion, but it's not a book I can see myself returning to. Sometimes, a reader just doesn't connect with a book, and that's happened to me here. However, many others have really enjoyed Trust My Heart, so fans of small town romance might want to give it a look. 3 stars.
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Trust My Heart. Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—but as the two draw closer as they share their dreams, misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust.
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