Review: WHERE THE HEART LIES by Michelle Garren Flye

About the book:

All widowed Alicia Galloway has left of her war-hero husband are the flag that draped his coffin and his final wishes: to move to his hometown, take over the family bookstore and enjoy a simple, quiet life with their two small children. When she arrives, her husband’s best friend makes that new life anything but simple. How can she be so drawn to Liam Addison?

Liam only intended to help Alicia get settled. But one unexpected kiss awakens his long-held forbidden feelings. Soon, the town busybodies swoop in to warn Alicia away from him. Because no matter the man he’s become, he’ll never live down his reputation as town troublemaker and wolfish womanizer.

No one wants the war hero’s sweet widow and the supposedly former bad boy together. But the more everyone tries to keep them apart, the closer he and Alicia get. And the more determined Liam is to prove he’s a changed man. Will it be enough to convince Alicia to let a new love in her life?

This book is sneaky. I was enjoying the book, but not loving it, and the next thing I knew I couldn’t put it down. The characters drew me in. WHERE THE HEART LIES is definitely a character driven book. Alicia is coming to terms with the loss of her husband, moving to a new town where everyone buts into her business, and taking care of her children. I really liked her. Liam was a little harder to understand. He is keeping a secret from Alicia for most of the story and because of that he doesn’t show his true self until the end of the book. As a couple they work well together. The secondary characters help move their relationship along. I enjoyed most of them, but Penny (who’s also keeping a secret from Alicia) really got on my nerves. She wouldn’t explain her animosity toward Liam, but kept telling Alicia to stay away from him. She treats Alicia as if she isn’t old enough or smart enough to form her own opinion about the man. I think what I liked the most was that the relationship develops slowly between Liam and Alicia – there is no rush to sleep together or rush to make their relationship permanent in some way. WHERE THE HEART LIES is a great love story.

the book girl gives WHERE THE HEART LIES a 5/5

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