Monday, November 14, 2016

My Bookshelf: Trust My Heart + A Linkup

Love is headline news when a small-town reporter teams up with the heir to a local estate.
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 Carol Post’s most recent stand-alone novel, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I picked up this story, as I hadn’t even been introduced to Carol’s writing before I was invited to be an influencer for this novel, but I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised! This is such a cute little story that turned out to be a quick read I really enjoyed, and I am sure I will read more of Carol’s books in the future!
Jami Carlisle is such a sweet, perky character whom I immediately knew I wouldn’t be able to help loving. She has such a zest for life, and is just so completely adorable, and I loved the way she approached all of the things that had been thrown at her throughout the course of her life. She is also just so completely honest, and funny, and I just loved getting to know her better as the book went on. I also felt like I understood her better than many other characters I read about, since I am a fellow wannabe-writer myself but I also never feel like any of it is good enough, and that connection made this novel that much more enjoyable for me.
Grant McAllister was also a wonderful character, although it was occasionally difficult for me to get past his somewhat tough exterior. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely loved him and thought he was a wonderful guy, but he was sometimes a little tough and unforgiving (possibly because of his lack of faith?!) for me to handle. All in all though, I did think he was exceptionally sweet, especially to Jami, and I loved watching him process his way through all the information he gathered about his grandparents and the way he gradually felt more and more for Jami.
At the end of the day, I can honestly say that I definitely enjoyed this novel, although a few of the interactions were just a little stilted for me. Other than that, though, this was an adorable story that I am glad I got the chance to read, and I can happily give it four out of five bookshelves. Carol did a wonderful job of weaving together a novel of love, forgiveness, and redemption, and I know I will be reading more of her work in the future!
Happy reading!

Here's a great giveaway for this novel!
Trust My Heart Carol J. Post

And now on to the linkup!


First, I’m featuring Tif from Bright on a Budget and her post starring an absolutely adorable LuLaRoe Carly dress.

Second, I’m featuring Jill from Doused in Pink and her post about a super cute tunic with a lace trim.


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-This linkup has no theme so we encourage you to link any of your recent posts. Also note that we have the right to delete your link if it isn't appropriate. However, we are super excited to read about your passions and are so glad that you've decided to join us!

I received a copy of this book through the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review.

To see where I’m linking up, check out my Where I Party page.

All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Carol Post and Waterfall Press.


  1. I love your review of the book and it kind of reminds me of some books I read in the past. I would mind reading this book since has the same them to it!

    1. Thank you! It does kind of seem like a typical theme.

  2. Thanks for the great review, Mackenzie. I'm glad you enjoyed Trust My Heart.