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Tied up in Heartstrings

(Heartstrings #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  96 reviews
I thought my life would forever be defined by tragedy.

The happily ever after I thought I had, ended prematurely and painfully.

My daughter and I were stuck in a fog of self-preservation, afraid to believe that there wasn’t more pain waiting for us in the ‘real world’.

Just the thought of allowing myself to embrace happiness and take a risk in order to feel that all-consumi
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Published September 2013
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**3.5 stars***

Felicia Lynn’s debut novel, Tied Up In Heartstrings, is a heartwarming tale of a single mother dealing with the tragic loss of her husband and her journey to rebuilding the broken pieces of her heart. Can a tragedy lead to a second chance at love and happiness?
Alexis Nicole’s once stable home was shattered when she tragically loses her best friend and husband, Jed in a tragic plane crash. For 18 months, she’s been an empty shell trying to
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely adored Garret McKenna, this book would have had a straight forward 5* for just his amazingness alone. I had to take 1/2 away because Lexi started to grate on me. She has the most beautiful and caring boyfriend in the world and she kept making excuses.

"I crazy love you! I crazy miss you! I crazy want to kiss you sweet face!" I mean seriously who isn't swooning right now!!!!!!

This was my first book by Felicia Lynn and it will 100% not be my last awesome read, new book bookfriend, Fel
Second chance romance

Beautiful read, loved the characters although Alexis was sometimes a bit to whiney.

A really mushy feel good read. One I normally call my sunday reads where you can curl up with your kindle swoon and absorb.

Although Garett is a famous singer in a band there's no rock n roll those days are done hes getting older, made it big and hes very much ready to settle down.

Garett missed his chance years ago with Alexis when he started his career leaving her behind to another man but
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I have sat here for awhile trying to figure out what exactly to say in this review. Don't take that as I didn't like this book, because I LOVED this book and I am stressing the word love. I have read the book 3 times and each time I read it I swear it is better than the last.

First of all let me say this...Garrett is HOT and I claimed him as my Book Boyfriend the first time I read Tied Up In Heartstrings, even before I was halfway through the book. I mean seriously what is not to love? Southern
Nikki Reeves
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Felicia and I was sucked in right from the beginning. This book is very emotional and left me in tears quite a few times but it’s also very sweet and romantic. Alexis has lost her husband in a terrible accident and it left her a single mother. She is struggling everyday just to put a smile on her face. She has her close friends and her brother but Alexis is still stuck in the world of loss and hurt.

Garrett is now a famous musician but has struggled to make it where he
K. Langston
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For a debut novel, I think Felicia hit the nail on the head. This was an emotional yet beautiful love story and I loved every word of it. Well done Felicia. I can't wait to read what you write next. XO
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first I have read by Felicia Lynn and have to say it was a great book to start of from. Tied Up in Heartstrings is the first in a series that just by reading this one know will pull me at every direction. Alexis is a woman who is starting to learn to live again after the loss of Jed. With him she had everything and now she has to be both mother and father for her little girl. Now have to say little Sierra was a treat to read and her affection for Garrett was so cute. The attraction A ...more
Poppy Reads
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow. This was my very first Felicia Lynn book and it was beautiful and amazing.

I am actually at a loss to describe how much I loved this story. The story of Alexis and Garrent is utterly beautiful.

This book is heart warming. I love a well written second chance that pulls at the heartstrings <---- see what I did there?

Five moving stars for Felica's stunning story of love, trust and second chances.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a feel good and give you all the feels book? Then stop right here and download this book. There is love, loss, tragedy, and friendship. I love a good friends to lovers book and this is one that will be at the top of my list for a long time to come! I love Garrett and Alexis! I just wanted to be there with them and help them as much as I could. Beautiful written with so much love and detail. This will not be my last Felicia book!!!
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh the feels of this book. This book is truly a story of love, loss and finding that love again. The tragedy that happened to Alexis is something anyone would struggle to overcome. Enter Garrett and he sweeps her on her feet so unexpectedly. I think what I really enjoyed about this book is the fact that it was a friends to lovers situation even though they had not seen each other in years. They just connected. I really loved their level of connection regardless of Alexis and her freak out moment ...more
Jara Beaubien
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One door closed for Alexis and her daughter Sierra, but another one will open. Loosing ones husband is not easy to deal with and Alexis has her hands full and her mind also dealing with the pain that comes from this loss. Even as she is shutting down her Family and Friends are helping her move forward, and learn how to love again is something they all have in mind for her.
While in college she had been friends with Garrett who left to pursue a dream, to become a singer, at the cost of leaving the
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Felicia asked me to read for her, I don't think she knew what kind of trouble she got herself into. And y'all know I'm an asshole, so I just didn't read...
She promised me she would kill them all off, that we'd have zombies taking over the world. Well, I can't tell you if that came true or not, you'll have to find out for yourself.
But let me tell you. Caveman, Alpha, Country Singing Zombie Garrett...dayum! Capital DAYUM! I need a man like that in my life. She better now go out and find me on
Lovely Loveday
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will admit that this book will suck you in from the first page. This book has many ups and downs that will leave you happy one minute and in tears the next. I found this to be a very emotional read that was well worth the time. The author does an amazing job in writing this outstanding read. Overall, I highly recommend this book!
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is a fine line between what I would give a 5 star review and those that might get a 4.5 or 4.75. First the story has to be one that when I am finished, I want more of the story. Second, I need to be able to relate to the characters and feel the emotions that they are feeling. I need to actually CARE about what is going on in their lives. Last, it has to be a book that I CAN'T PUT DOWN! I can promise you that this is a story that will have your emotions all over the place and you will love ...more
Jessica Adams
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have never cried so many happy tears while reading a book!! Felicia Lynn does an amazing job telling this wonderful love story and making it relate-able.

Alexis is a young single parent, after tragedy takes her husband away. Her life is now all about her daughter Sierra. She puts on her fake it 'til you make it smile and works hard being both mother and father. She has a wonderful support system of friends and family who are always there for her, but she doesn't know how to get out and start to
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what to expect this book, but it is amazing! You start off with Alexis who is dealing with the loss of her husband right when they are celebrating their 4th anniversary. It fast forwards to 18 months after, and she is still grieving hard. She's managed to skip out on her annual girls' weekends, but this time, with the help of her sister in law and one of her best friends, Whitney, they get her up and out of the house.

Once getting "away" (which was only an hour away, baby steps, Al
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing

A beautiful debut novel about a love story between two people that brought each other back together after so long.
From the Widow Alexia who is suddenly left to solely look after her Daughter. Fate brought a blast from the past back into her life after a Girly weekend away.
Enters Garett McKenna.
When unimaginable feelings rise that leaves her to believe they are totally wrong to feel, she fights tooth and nail to deny that she can fall in love again. Can she move on after
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by Felicia. I loved it.

You have Alexis who is a widow with a daughter. She has had a long year and a half. Her girlfriends take her out on a weekend of girl fun. While out at a bar she temps to get up on stage to sing. I say tempt to because she hasn't sung a song in a very long time. Well not in front of a large crowd. She sings to her daughter every night or in the car goofing around.
While she works up her nerves and asks the band if they know the song she wants to sing.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was such a beautiful book to read. I really enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong, I am all for a book with a bunch of crazy drama but every once in a while its nice to just read a beautiful love story and this def hit the spot for me!!

My heart broke for Alexis from the start. Her best friend and husband Jed has just died in a plane accident leaving Alexis a widow with their 3 year old daughter Sierra alone. Fast forward 18 months and Alexis goes on a girls getaway with her BFF's from colle
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Given by the author for an honest review for her Blog Tour

It is one of the sweetest,most beautiful and most magical stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading..

Alexis is such a strong woman..She is a real fighter..Being raised mysef by a single mother,I honestly understand how difficult her life became after that tragedy..Alexis is everything every woman aspires to be..Strong,Independent,surrounded by loyal and fiercely devoted friends and family and finally adored and worshipped by a perfect
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start with this book. From the moment I started it I just couldn't put it down. It is a well written book about grieving a loved one and finding love when you may not be ready for it. Alexis is just trying to get through every day after a tragedy leaves her a widow and single mom. Garrett is a Nashville star with a southern charm that you can't help but fall in love with.

Will Alexis be able to move forward and try to find the love she has always wanted but doesn't think she can have?
Sherri Perine jackson
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A truly heartwarming story that engages many emotions from beginning to end. You will feel yourself feeling sorry for Alexis as she struggles to pull her life together after a tragedy. While trying to keep it together for her young daughter in the process she forgets how to live and enjoy life.Then in comes Garrett a friend from her college years not only is he sexy and charming he has always had a crush on Alexis he just never thought she would be ok with what he had to offer. During this chanc ...more
Lynn Smith
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It has been almost two years since the death of her husband Jed, Alexis was having trouble moving on. Everything in her life revolved around her daughter Sierra. Her group of girlfriends are on her to start going on the girl's weekends again. They aren't taking no for an answer anymore. Spa trip at a local resort did sound good. The first day went by great. At the bar that night after discovering it was open mic night the girls try
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more stars I would!!!

Alexis is dealing with a tragedy and she puts all of her focus on raising her daughter, Sierra. Her friends finally convince her to take a girls weekend trip. She was not expecting to run in to her college friend, Garrett.

Garrett has had feelings for Alexis since they were in college. He left his friends behind in college to chase his dream of becoming a musician. A chance encounter 9 years later bring them to the same place. After spending some ti
Michele A.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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I really wanted to like this book more. The premise was great and the writing was well done. Alexis, however, to me was just like a 5 year old spoiled child. Throughout the entire book she threw tantrums and flat out acted like a child whenever something she didn't like happened. Yes she was not a single parent and she even complained her deceased husband left her and their daughter well off. Garrett had to put up with her rants and plain bat s**t crazy moments a little too much for me. Even her ...more
Nikki Barrett
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A beautiful second chance story, I fell in love with right away. Alexis is suffering from the loss of her husband. She's not sure what to do, but she knows she has to stay strong for her daughter who needs her more than ever.

Re entering her life is Garrett. He's always had strong feelings for her that have never faded. But right now, Alexis is in a bad place. Still, he can't help his feelings for her, and he also bonds with her daughter.

I love that Garrett is a singer. I'm a sucker for stories
Tracy Lundy-Munn
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this book by Felicia Lynn!! This book had everything that I look for in a book. It was very well written and the storyline was fantastic. The characters all rocked and had tons if depth and emotion. everything a woman should be. Strong, caring, loving....and kick ass! Garrett is a hot rich Country Superstar...need I say more. I love a book that stays in the present tense but the characters have a history. I love a book that doesn't have a cliffhanger and everything ...more
Jennifer Sons
I would never have known that this was author Felicia Lynn's debut novel! I was intrigued & captivated from the start! This book will have you all up in your feelings!

Single mom Alexis has had a rough start after losing her husband tragically & raising their daughter alone! She's working on rebuilding herself & her life when fate would take over & she runs into a long lost love, Garrett who just so happens to be a mega country star! Garrett is soooo swoon worthy! I'm telling you
Jamie Rhodes
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that I love. No cliffhanger. Dual POV's. In this book Garrett loves Alexis so much that he puts up with everything that she throws at him. He is the perfect book boyfriend. He is patient with Alexis as she tries to make sense of everything. I love that Alexis has such a strong group of friends. Her brother and his wife a great characters as well. I love how Alexis' family and friends pull no punches with her and tell her like it is. Her daughter, Sierra, is a sweetie (we ...more
Sam McCarthy
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I initially bought this book because I fell in love with the gorgeous lady who wrote it.
Im not a big romance freak and though I found it a bit slushy for me, I loved the story and thought it was cleverly written.
I felt for the female lead the entire way through, she seriously struggled with moving on and I think we could all identify with that.
I have to say though.....a lovely HEA and i thoroughly enjoyed reading the story from both the male and female perspectives.
Perfect easy holiday read,
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Felicia Lynn is a transplanted Florida girl, born and raised, who lives just north of Atlanta, GA with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. She spends most of her days holed up in a cozy chair with a cup of tea and her laptop, writing about the characters that live in her head. When she’s not writing you’ll find her hanging out with her family and friends! She loves reading, taking long walks, chat ...more

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