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Hold on My Heart

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,357 ratings  ·  275 reviews
To build a future, sometimes you have to tear down the past…

Chicago event planner Libby Hamilton can turn any bland setting into a dramatic venue – but when she abruptly loses her job, and her fair-weather boyfriend moves to another state, Libby suddenly finds herself back in the tiny town she grew up in. Worse than that, her father wants help transforming an old schoolho
Paperback, 296 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Montlake Publishing
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Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It was good, but not as enjoyable as the other book I read by this author.

I recognize this is "chick lit" and not romance, but I did expect a stronger romantic relationship. Tom was an insensitive boar and outside of intense sexual chemistry, there really wasn't much more to their relationship. His words of love were weak, and his actions showed that she will always come in 3rd or 4th on his list of priorities. I know that love is unselfish and conquers all, but the fact that she was okay with
Katrina Passick Lumsden

Predictable, slow, boring. There were occasional moments of humor, but sometimes it was trying too hard. Libby's family annoyed me, Tom was not endearing, and Libby was a bit of a...I don't know. She annoyed me, as well, I guess. It's not a terrible book, and there were parts I enjoyed, but all in all, it just wasn't all that fun to read. It was a bit...well, dull. Blah.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this one a lot- much better than the other book I read by this author. It was sweet to see Libby's and Tom's relationship blossom. And there were several times I actually laughed out loud because of the many humorous, witty lines. ...more
Confessions of a Book Whore
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads-arcs
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are my own.

This is actually my first Tracy Brogan book, but after reading Hold On My Heart...I know it will not be my last. This book is delightful, witty and heart-warming. The author's descriptive language shows that she is truly a gifted writer. She pulled me into this small town world and I loved every minute of it.

We're introduced to Libby in the first chapter. She is a woman who returns to
Kimberly Kincaid
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book, and it was wonderful! Brogan's trademark voice rings true in this poignant story, with its witty cast of characters and pull-at-your-heartstring moments. The tension is well-layered and moves the story beautifully as both Tom and Libby learn to navigate their lives and their hearts. Another winner from Tracy Brogan! ...more
Vikki Vaught
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

Wow! Great romance from the first page to the last. Just loved the hero and heroine. Both are fantastic. This one had me laughing out loud and yet lots of deep emotions. Loved the secondary characters as well, especially Granny. This is a great example of chick Lit and romantic comedy rolled into one. Just love Ms. Brogan's writing style. Happy ☺reading 📚!
Lisa Paul
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In my January 31, 2013 post, I introduced you to author, Tracy Brogan and her book, "Crazy Little Thing." I explained how much I LOVED not just "Crazy Little thing," but Ms. Brogan's writing style, which is refreshing, fun, heart-warm, sexy, inspiring, funny, sincere, sometimes sad, raw, and always entertaining. What I learned during and after reading, "Crazy Little Thing," was that the entire world seemed to agree with my opinion. Ms. Brogan's book has b ...more
SOS Aloha
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hold on my heart
throw me a lifeline
I'll keep a place for you
somewhere deep inside
- Phil Collins

HOLD ON MY HEART brings together Libby and Tom when each faced a cross road in their lives - Libby lost her job, her boyfriend, and her apartment. She returns home to her family who has their own hands full - her father is opening an ice cream parlor in a run down school house; her mother contends with the cranky live-in grandmother; her older sister is about to give birth; and her younger sister is en
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I immediately bought this book when I saw it, as I'd really liked Brogan's other book "Crazy Little Thing". I'm sad to say, this book is not in the same class as Crazy Little Thing (in my opinion) but it's still a cute book - just more of a cookie-cutter romance novel.

Event planner Libby moves back in with her folks after she loses her job due to a unfortunate "reply-all" email. Her boyfriend remains in the city, and is growing more and more distant, and then her little sister shows up with a ne
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been brushing my teeth the past two mornings with one hand and holding my phone/kindle app in the other so I didn't have to put this book down the last 2/3 of the read.

I think that best says it all. Another funny read from this author. Thanks!
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Absolutely loved it! Real, down to earth characters, and flighty ones as well. It all blended together into one terrific story!
Margreet Asselbergs
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

Being roped into her father's newest questionable undertaking, is not part of Libby Hamilton's plans. No, overseeing the transformation of an old decrepit schoolhouse into an old-fashioned ice cream parlour is a far cry from getting back up on her feet, finding a new job and a place to live. But since losing her old job as an event coordinator, due to a 'slight' error in judgement, she really has had no luck finding anything else and so she might as well h
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

The popularity of romantic comedy leads to the term being too loosely applied at times. At its best, romantic comedy is a genre in which the protagonists, realistically drawn adults who are equals in mind, body, and spirit (although not always in social status) meet, engage in quips and ripostes, encounter obstacles (often their own confusion), and ultimately understand that the other is the right person for him/her. Sexual tension may be prevalent, but the relationship is not about sex
Sally Kilpatrick
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a book that's just like Crazy Little Thing, this ain't it. And that's not a bad thing at all. Yes, Brogan's trademark humor is here. Yes, she has a cast of wacky characters who are all the more lovable for their eccentricities, but this isn't a romance novel so much as it's a novel about a broken man.

Tom got Connie preggers back in the day when they were young and stupid teenagers. Then a car accident took Connie from him and left him with a sullen teenager, Rachel. Rachel
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 for me. I really liked this book, much more than I thought I would.

It really did have a bit of everything. It was funny, sad, sweet and a bit sexy. The characters were likeable and just as importantly, believable. Tom is a widow and the struggles he went and goes through both before and during the story make me love and root for him. Libby is spunky, cute and even though I don't like her as much as Tom, I think she's good for him and I like them together.

Not only do I enjoy the main characte
Samhita Rhodes
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book in a marathon reading session that started at 4 this morning! To say I devoured it would be an understatement - zombies have shown more restraint for eating brains! So when you read a 3rd book by an author it's hard not to compare it to the first two. If Crazy Little Thing was sparkling wine, and Highland Surrender was honey mead, then Hold on my Heart is the full bodied Chianti - the 4 am heartburn is making more sense now, is it not! It's a quieter book with lots of emo ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
This is my third Tracy Brogan book and I enjoy her style of writing. In some ways this story is a similar concept to her book Crazy Little Thing, with the main female character finding herself back living with her quirky family when she meets a new man, but that is not a bad thing as she writes these stories well. In this book Libby is back in her home town after she loses her job and her boyfriend moves away, but she is determined not to stay. Her father talks her into helping him transform the ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
As contemporary romances go, this one was fairly typical. The premise is one we have seen before. Why do I recommend this book? The beauty of the writing with it's stunning descriptions, witty dialogue and the underlying tone of fun and love. The author took a mundane story and made it come alive. Tracy Brogan brought the funny; not only with her dialogue, but with the quirky cast of characters that make up the main character's families, friends and townspeople. The town itself became a characte ...more
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tracy Brogan has a wonderful way of chosing characters and giving them personality and humor. Her witty dialog and banter makes you connect with the characters immediately and puts you right in the scene with the characters for clear visuals and laugh out loud situations. Crazy Little Things will always be one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. I have recommended this light hearted fun book to many, many friends and those who have read it have shared my thoughts and have told others. ...more
Caryl Brown
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Tracy Brogan's debut novel Crazy Little Thing, so I was more than ready to see if she could repeat that success. She did. Hold On My Heart isn't as laugh-out-loud funny as CLT, but I found myself grinning broadly most of the way through. Even the heart-wrenching scenes between Tom and his daughter made me smile. Tracy does quite a believable job of working through Tom's grief and guilt over his failures in life and making Libby just the person to pull him through in the end. And the quir ...more
Tanya Logan
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, and will read more by the author. It was funny, sad, happy, emotional, and engaging. The characters felt very real to me, and it makes you want to go be a part of Libby's zany family.
In the book Libby, who has suddenly found herself unemployed and newly single, is helping her dad remodel an old schoolhouse into an ice cream parlor. The man they employ to help do the reconstruction, Tom Murphy, is recovering emotionally from an accident that made him a widower with a tee
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2015
For having never heard of this author before and taking a chance on her book, this was a pretty decent read! I never felt shortchanged by the length of the story, it flowed very well, and the characters were developed enough that you wanted to care about what happened to them. I loved how flawed Tom was, he pulled off the tortured hero very well. Libby was a strong heroine in her own right, if not a little ditzy sometimes. The supporting characters were funny and just that little bit of off kilt ...more
Ashlyn Macnamara
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A light, breezy feel-good read, perfect for a hot summer day. Libby Hamilton is an out-of-work event planner, who gets roped in to helping her dad turn an old schoolhouse into a vintage ice-cream parlor. Who should she meet but Tom Murphy, widower and handyman, who is working through issues with his teenage daughter and coming to terms with his guilt over the accident that took his wife? Tracy Brogan's trademark voice sparkles in this one. Her writing reminds me of Kristan Higgans in all the bes ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Chapter One, I fell in love with Libby and her Dad as they discussed refurbishing an abandoned building. Chapter by chapter, I fell in love with subsequent characters as they were introduced. Each personality becomes a thread in a quirky tapestry that is better known as "family.". Hearts are broken, laughs are had, a baby is born, meals are consumed. All the while, love lingers in the air. Working through obstacles to mend said broken hearts, this book is a pleasure to read and lends itself q ...more
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hold On My Heart by Tracy Brogan: Libby has lost her job and it looks like she’s losing her boyfriend too. She’s moved back to her parents’ home, away from Chicago, while she is on the job hunt. Life always moves on though, and before Libby knows it she’s helping her father Peter restore an old building into an ice cream parlor. She is definitely not looking to get involved with anyone else, with her relationship on the way out the door, her job situation dire, and her life generally up in the a ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one night, and no - I didn't sleep! I really enjoyed Crazy Little Thing and had "Hold On My Heart" on my rather extensive "to read" list. One night last week as I fought insomnia, I pulled up my Kindle to seek out something new and light to read, hoping that I could relax enough to fall back asleep.

That isn't what happened. Instead, I was drawn in to the characters and just couldn't pull myself away. I read until the sun came up. I giggled to myself, I cried, and I craved a trip
Lori Tate
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5. I loved Crazy Little Thing, so I gave this one a try. It didn't disappoint. Brogan has a way of making these characters seem so real. Not the typical love at first sight/instant love you get in so many books. This one had a real relationship develop. It was a fun, heartwarming story. I didn't give it a five because i would have liked a bit more than the hint of happily ever after. An epilogue maybe would have wrapped this up nicely. I'll definitely be looking for more from this author. ...more
She Picked This Book
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It had so many laugh out loud moments. It was light, fun, the family dynamics were entertaining. There wasn't any unnecessary angst or stupid misunderstandings, the characters were mature about things. Everything was well written, it had a nice flow to it. The humour was subtle not excessive or crude. And just when I thought I had everything figured out I later realized I was wrong. Only thing is I would have liked an epilogue. Highly recommend. Looking forward to rea ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She does it again!Tracy Brogan creates another great story that intertwines romance and comedy with heart and a little more spice, definitely nice!
Her characters are so down to earth, some quirky, in all you'll definitely enjoy this one. I even cried, which I didn't expect to since I was laughing most of the time, but I was touched in certain scenes. Also I found her spicier scenes were written quite nicely. Bravo, Tracy Brogan! 5 stars because I never expected to cry, but to just laugh and enj
Terri Valine
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This my second Tracy Brogan book and love her rom com stuff! Her characters are fun and realistic. Both books were about a thirty something woman starting over, finding humor in life's hang ups and ultimately finding happiness (and not just in a man's loves). This book's ending surprised me because it ended without warning. Don't get me wrong it ended happily but, I could've have read another 200 pages about Libby, Tom, and Rachel and the entire Hamilton family. Tracy, I hope there's a follow up ...more
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USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan writes fun, funny stories full of laughter and love.

A three-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America® RITA award, Brogan has received two Amazon Publishing Diamond Awards, the Booksellers Best award, and several Golden Quill awards. Her debut novel, Crazy Little Thing, is on the Top Ten Amazon All-Time Bestsellers list. She

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